Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district

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Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district
Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Tim Murphy (RUpper St. Clair)
Distribution 84.05% urban, 15.95% rural
Population (2000) 646,374
Median income $44,938
Ethnicity 95.8% White, 2.0% Black, 1.3% Asian, 0.6% Hispanic, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% other
Cook PVI R+6[1]

Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district includes parts of Washington County, Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties. Republican Tim Murphy has represented the district since 2003.

The district is concentrated in the southern suburbs of Pittsburgh. It is predominantly white and affluent, although it contains a diverse range of suburbs. It is drawn in such a way that in some locations, neighborhoods and even streets are split between the 18th and the neighboring 12th and 14th districts. In parts of the eastern portion of the district, one side of the street is in the 12th while the other side is in the 18th. In the west, one side of the street is in the 14th while the other side is in the 18th.

Although there are 70,000 more Democrats in the district than Republicans, the district has trended increasingly Republican since the mid-1990s; most of the district's state legislators are Republicans. The western portion of the district contains some rural regions of Washington County, as well as the very wealthy suburbs located in the northern portion of this county, such as Peters Township. This portion of Washington County tends to be more Republican than the portion contained in the neighboring 12th District. Many of Allegheny County's southern suburbs of Pittsburgh are located in the district, which range from traditional wealth areas such as Mount Lebanon and Upper St. Clair, middle class communities such as Bethel Park, Brentwood & Scott Township, and working class labor towns such as Elizabeth.

The district also winds along the eastern suburbs at the edge of Allegheny County, including most of the large suburban commercial center of Monroeville, and in western Westmoreland County. Central Westmoreland County, including the recently Democratic city of Greensburg, is also part of the district. Greensburg has not voted Republican since 1995, according to the Election Bureau. It also contains the rural foothills areas of the county, which are located at the district's eastern end.

List of representatives[edit]

Representatives Party Years Electoral history
No image.svg Patrick Farrelly Jacksonian
Republican
March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
Redistricted from the 15th district
Died
Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
January 12, 1826
Vacant January 12, 1826 –
January 13, 1826
No image.svg Thomas H. Sill Adams January 13, 1826 –
March 3, 1827
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No image.svg Stephen Barlow Jacksonian March 4, 1827 –
March 3, 1829
Lost re-election
No image.svg Thomas H. Sill Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1829 –
March 3, 1831
Declined renomination
No image.svg John Banks Anti-Masonic Party March 4, 1831 –
March 3, 1833
Redistricted to the 24th district
No image.svg George Burd Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1835
Redistricted from the 13th district
No image.svg Job Mann Jacksonian March 4, 1835 –
March 3, 1837
Lost re-election
No image.svg Charles Ogle Anti-Masonic Party March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1841
Died
Whig March 4, 1841 –
May 10, 1841
Vacant May 10, 1841 –
June 28, 1841
No image.svg Henry Black Whig June 28, 1841 –
November 28, 1841
Died
Vacant November 28, 1841 –
December 21, 1841
No image.svg James M. Russell Whig December 21, 1841 –
March 3, 1843
Declined renomination
No image.svg Andrew Stewart Whig March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1849
Declined renomination
No image.svg Andrew J. Ogle Whig March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1851
Lost re-election
No image.svg John L. Dawson Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1853
Redistricted to the 20th district
No image.svg John McCulloch Whig March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
Declined renomination
No image.svg John R. Edie Opposition March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
Declined renomination
Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
No image.svg Samuel S. Blair Republican March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1863
Lost re-election
No image.svg James T. Hale Independent Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1865
Redistricted from the 15th district
Hon. Stephen F. Wilson, Pa - NARA - 527631.jpg Stephen F. Wilson Republican March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1869
Appointed judge of the fourth judicial district of Pennsylvania
No image.svg William H. Armstrong Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1871
Lost re-election
No image.svg Henry Sherwood Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 4, 1873
Lost re-election
Sobieski Ross - Brady-Handy.jpg Sobieski Ross Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 4, 1875
Redistricted to the 16th district
William Stenger - Brady-Handy.jpg William Stenger Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1879
Lost re-election
No image.svg Horatio G. Fisher Republican March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1883
Declined renomination
Louis E. Atkinson.jpg Louis E. Atkinson Republican March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1893
Withdrew from election
Thaddeus Maclay Mahon.jpg Thaddeus M. Mahon Republican March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1903
Redistricted to the 17th district
Marlin Edgar Olmsted.jpeg Marlin E. Olmsted Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1913
Redistricted from the 14th district
No image.svg Aaron S. Kreider Republican March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1923
Lost re-election
No image.svg Edward M. Beers Republican March 4, 1923 –
April 21, 1932
Died
Vacant April 11, 1932 –
November 8, 1932
No image.svg Joseph F. Biddle Republican November 8, 1932 –
March 3, 1933
Declined renomination
No image.svg Benjamin K. Focht Republican March 4, 1933 –
March 27, 1937
Died
Vacant March 27, 1937 –
May 11, 1937
No image.svg Richard M. Simpson Republican May 11, 1937 –
January 3, 1945
Redistricted to the 17th district
No image.svg John C. Kunkel Republican January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1951
Redistricted from the 19th district
No image.svg Walter M. Mumma Republican January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1953
Redistricted to the 16th district
No image.svg Richard M. Simpson Republican January 3, 1953 –
January 7, 1960
Redistricted from the 17th district
Died
Vacant January 7, 1960 –
April 26, 1960
Douglas Hemphill Elliott.jpeg Douglas H. Elliot Republican April 26, 1960 –
June 19, 1960
Died
Vacant June 19, 1960 –
November 8, 1960
No image.svg J. Irving Whalley Republican November 8, 1960 –
January 3, 1963
Redistricted to the 12th district
Robert J. Corbett Republican January 3, 1963 –
April 25, 1971
Redistricted from the 29th district
Died
Vacant April 25, 1971 –
November 2, 1971
John Heinz.jpg H. John Heinz III Republican November 2, 1971 –
January 3, 1977
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Doug Walgren.jpg Doug Walgren Democratic January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1991
Lost re-election
Rick Santorum official photo.jpg Rick Santorum Republican January 3, 1991 –
January 3, 1995
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Michael F Doyle, Official Portrait, c112th Congress.jpg Michael F. Doyle Democratic January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 2003
Redistricted to the 14th district
Tim Murphy, official portrait 112th Congress.JPG Tim Murphy Republican January 3, 2003 –
Present
First elected in 2002

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2005 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008". The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°10′14″N 80°01′39″W / 40.17056°N 80.02750°W / 40.17056; -80.02750