South Carolina's 2nd congressional district

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South Carolina's 2nd congressional district
South Carolina's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
South Carolina's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Joe Wilson (RSpringdale)
Population (2000) 668,668
Median income $42,915
Ethnicity 69.5% White, 26.4% Black, 1.2% Asian, 3.3% Hispanic, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% other
Cook PVI R+14

The 2nd Congressional District of South Carolina is a congressional district in central and southwestern South Carolina. The district spans from Columbia to the South Carolina side of the Augusta, Georgia metropolitan area.

From 1993 to 2013 it included all of Lexington, Jasper, Hampton, Allendale and Barnwell counties; most of Richland and Beaufort counties and parts of Aiken, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties. It was made more compact in the 2010 round of redistricting, and now comprises all of Lexington, Aiken and Barnwell counties, most of Richland County, and part of Orangeburg County. Besides Columbia (60 percent of which is in the district), other major cities in the district include Aiken and North Augusta.

The district has been based in Columbia since 1933, when South Carolina lost a district as a result of the 1930 Census; before then, much of its territory had been the 6th District. For most of its existence as a Columbia-based district, it was a fairly compact district in the central part of the state. However, after the 1990 census, most of its black residents were drawn into the 6th District, and the district was pushed well to the south and west to make up for the loss in population.

It has been in Republican hands since 1965, when the district's second-term Democratic congressman, Albert Watson, switched parties. It was one of the earliest areas of South Carolina to turn Republican at the national level. The district's best-known congressman, Floyd Spence, represented the district for over 30 years and was chairman of the House Armed Services Committee from 1995 to 2001, when he died a few months after being elected to a 16th term. He was succeeded in a special election by one of his former aides, state senator Joe Wilson, who continues to hold the seat.

Wilson's most recent opponent was Rob Miller.

List of representatives[edit]

Name Tenure Party Electoral history
Aedanus Burke.jpg Aedanus Burke March 4, 1789 –
March 3, 1791
Anti-Administration [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Robert Barnwell March 4, 1791 –
March 3, 1793
Pro-Administration [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
John Hunter March 4, 1793 –
March 3, 1795
Anti-Administration [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Wade Hampton I.jpg Wade Hampton March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1797
Democratic-Republican [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
John Rutledge, Jr. March 4, 1797 –
March 3, 1803
Federalist [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
William Butler March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1813
Democratic-Republican Redistricted from the 5th district
William Lowndes March 4, 1813 –
May 8, 1822
Democratic-Republican Redistricted from the 4th district

Resigned
James Hamilton, Jr. December 13, 1822 –
March 3, 1823
Democratic-Republican [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
Jacksonian Democratic-Republican
March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1829
Jackson
RWBarnwell.jpg Robert W. Barnwell March 4, 1829 –
March 3, 1831
Jackson [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
March 4, 1831 –
March 3, 1833
Nullifier
William J. Grayson March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1837
Nullifier [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Robert Barnwell Rhett.jpg Robert Rhett March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1843
Democratic Redistricted to the 7th district
Richard F. Simpson March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1849
Democratic [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
James Lawrence Orr - Brady-Handy.jpg James L. Orr March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1853
Democratic Redistricted to the 5th district
William Aiken.jpg William Aiken, Jr. March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1857
Democratic Redistricted from the 6th district
William Porcher Miles - Brady-Handy.jpg William P. Miles March 4, 1857 –
December 24, 1860
Democratic Retired
Civil War
Occupation and Reconstruction
December 24, 1860 –
July 20, 1868
ChristopherCBowen.jpg Christopher C. Bowen July 20, 1868 –
March 3, 1871
Republican [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Robert C. DeLarge - Brady-Handy.jpg Robert C. De Large March 4, 1871 –
January 24, 1873
Republican Seat declared vacant
Alonzo J. Ransier - Brady-Handy.jpg Alonzo J. Ransier March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
Republican [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Edmund William McGregor Mackey - Brady-Handy.jpg Edmund W.M. Mackey March 4, 1875 –
July 19, 1876
Independent Republican Seat declared vacant
Charles W. Buttz November 7, 1876 –
March 3, 1877
Republican [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Richard Harvey Cain.jpg Richard H. Cain March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1879
Republican [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Michael P. O'Connor March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1881
Democratic contested election at end of term
Samuel Dibble.jpg Samuel Dibble June 9, 1881 –
May 31, 1882
Democratic lost contested election
Edmund William McGregor Mackey - Brady-Handy.jpg Edmund W.M. Mackey May 31, 1882 –
March 3, 1883
Republican Redistricted to the 7th district
George D. Tillman March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1893
Democratic [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
W. Jasper Talbert March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1903
Democratic [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
George W. Croft March 4, 1903 –
March 10, 1904
Democratic Died
Theodore G. Croft May 17, 1904 –
March 3, 1905
Democratic [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
James O'H. Patterson March 4, 1905 –
March 3, 1911
Democratic [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
James F. Byrnes cph.3c32232.jpg James F. Byrnes March 4, 1911 –
March 3, 1925
Democratic [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Butler B. Hare - LOC.jpg Butler B. Hare March 4, 1925 –
March 3, 1933
Democratic [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
HamptonPFulmer.jpg Hampton Fulmer March 4, 1933 –
October 19, 1944
Democratic Redistricted from the 7th district
Died
WillaLFulmer.jpg Willa L. Fulmer November 7, 1944 –
January 3, 1945
Democratic [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
John J. Riley January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1949
Democratic [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Hugo S. Sims, Jr. January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1951
Democratic [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
John J. Riley January 3, 1951 –
January 1, 1962
Democratic Died
Corinne Boyd Riley.jpg Corinne Boyd Riley April 10, 1962 –
January 3, 1963
Democratic [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Albert W. Watson.jpg Albert Watson January 3, 1963 –
February 1, 1965
Democratic Resigned
June 15, 1965 –
January 3, 1971
Republican Re-elected to finish his term as a Republican
Houseportraitspence.jpg Floyd Spence January 3, 1971 –
August 16, 2001
Republican Died
Joewilson.jpeg Joe Wilson December 18, 2001 –
Present
Republican First elected to finish Spence's term
Name Tenure Party Electoral history

Historical district boundaries[edit]

1995 - 2013[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The national atlas". nationalatlas.gov. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 

Coordinates: 33°26′N 81°18′W / 33.43°N 81.30°W / 33.43; -81.30