Kansas's 2nd congressional district

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Kansas's 2nd congressional district
Kansas US Congressional District 2 (since 2013).tif
Kansas' 2nd congressional district – since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Lynn Jenkins (RTopeka)
  • 59.73% urban
  • 40.27% rural
Population (2000) 672,102
Median income 37,855
Cook PVI R+7[1]

Kansas' 2nd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Kansas that covers most of the eastern part of the state, except for the core of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The district encompasses less than a quarter of the state. The state capital of Topeka and Lawrence, home of one of the state's universities, The University of Kansas, are both located within this district.

The district is currently represented by Republican congresswoman Lynn Jenkins.


Kansas had but one representative in the U.S. House of Representatives until after the 1870 U.S. Census, which showed that the state was entitled to three members of the lower branch of the national legislature. In 1872, three representatives-at-large were elected, but by the act of March 2, 1874, the legislature divided the state into three districts. The 2nd Congressional District was composed of the counties of Montgomery, Wilson, Labette, Cherokee, Crawford, Neosho, Bourbon, Allen, Anderson, Linn, Miami, Franklin, Johnson, Douglas and Wyandotte.

No changes were made in until after the 1880 U.S. Census, which gave the state seven representatives. On March 5, 1883, Governor George Washington Glick approved an act of the legislature which reduced the 2nd Congressional District to only include the counties of Wyandotte, Johnson, Douglas, Miami, Franklin, Anderson, Linn, Allen and Bourbon.

Although the 1890 U.S. Census showed the population of Kansas to be large enough to entitle the state to eight representatives, no additional district was created until 1905. By the act of March 9, 1905, the state was divided into eight districts with the 2nd Congressional district being composed of the counties of Wyandotte, Johnson, Douglas, Miami, Franklin, Anderson, Linn, Allen and Bourbon.[2]

Reapportionment for 2002 placed the western half of Lawrence as well as Miami County into the 2nd Congressional District and cut out the counties of Geary, Montgomery and Nemaha.

Reapportionment in 2012 meant the 2nd Congressional District included the entirety of Lawrence in the 2nd Congressional District. The District's boundaries were altered to remove Manhattan, home of Kansas State University, and portions of Miami County while adding all of Montgomery County and Nemaha County and portions of Marshall County.


Following redistricting after the 2000 U.S. Census,[3] there were 672,102 people, 257,856 households, and 173,309 families residing in the district. The population density was 47.6/mi² over a land area of 14,133 square miles (36,600 km2). There were 280,213 housing units at an average density of 19.8/mi². The racial makeup of the district is 89.01% White, 5.06% Black or African American, 1.26% Native American, 0.97% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.52% from other races, and 2.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.81% of the population.

There were 257,856 households out of which 34.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.48% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.79% were non-families. 26.73% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.63% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the district the population distribution by age is 25.34% under the age of 18, 11.88% from 18 to 24, 27.54% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 13.54% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.3 years. For every 100 females there were 99.08 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.85 males.

The median income for a household in the district is $37,855, and the median income for a family was $47,095. Males had a median income of $32,033 versus $24,230 for females. The per capita income for the district was $18,595. About 7.1% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.0% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.

Among the population aged 16 years and older, 64.5% was in the civilian labor force and 1.9% were in the armed forces. Of the employed civilian workers, 20.6% were government workers and 7.5% were self-employed. Management, professional, and related occupations employed 32.3% of the work force and sales and office occupations employ 25.4%. Only 0.8% were employed in farming, fishing, and forestry occupations. The largest employment by industry was: educational, health and social services, 24.5%; manufacturing, 12.3%; and retail trade, 11.4%. Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining industries only employed 3.0%.

List of representatives[edit]

Congress Congressman Term Party Residence Notes
District created March 4, 1875
44th JRGoodin.jpg John R. Goodin March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1877 Democratic Humboldt
45th DCHaskell.jpg Dudley C. Haskell March 4, 1877 – December 16, 1883 Republican Lawrence Died
48th Edward H. Funston.jpg Edward H. Funston March 21, 1884 – August 2, 1894 Republican Iola Lost contested election
53rd Horace L. Moore.jpg Horace L. Moore August 2, 1894 – March 3, 1895 Democratic Lawrence Won contested election
54th Orrin Larrabee Miller.jpg Orrin L. Miller March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897 Republican Lawrence
55th Mason S. Peters.jpg Mason S. Peters March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1899 Populist Kansas City
56th Justin De Witt Bowersock (Kansas Congressman).jpg Justin D. Bowersock March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1907 Republican Lawrence
60th Charles F. Scott (Kansas Congressman).jpg Charles F. Scott March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1911 Republican Iola Redistricted from the at-large district
61st Alexander C. Mitchell.jpg Alexander C. Mitchell March 4, 1911 – July 7, 1911 Republican Lawrence Died
62nd Joseph Taggart - Clara Barton Centenary.jpg Joseph Taggart November 7, 1911 – March 3, 1917 Democratic Kansas City
65th EdwardCLittle.jpg Edward C. Little March 4, 1917 – June 27, 1924 Republican Kansas City Died
68th Ulysses S. Guyer.jpg Ulysses S. Guyer November 4, 1924 – March 3, 1925 Republican Kansas City
69th Chauncey B. Little (Kansas Congressman).jpg Chauncey B. Little March 4, 1925 – March 3, 1927 Democratic Olathe
70th Ulysses S. Guyer.jpg Ulysses S. Guyer March 4, 1927 – June 5, 1943 Republican Kansas City Died
78th Errett Scrivner.jpg Errett P. Scrivner September 14, 1943 – January 3, 1959 Republican Kansas City
86th Newell A. George (Kansas Congressman).jpg Newell A. George January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1961 Democratic Kansas City
87th Robert F. Ellsworth.jpg Robert F. Ellsworth January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1963 Republican Lawrence Redistricted to the 3rd district
88th William Henry Avery.png William H. Avery January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1965 Republican Wakefield Redistricted from the 1st district
Elected Governor in 1964
89th Chester L. Mize.jpg Chester L. Mize January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1971 Republican Atchison
92nd William R. Roy.jpg William Robert Roy January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1975 Democratic Topeka
94th Martha Keys.jpg Martha Elizabeth Keys January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1979 Democratic Manhattan
96th James Edmund Jeffries.jpg James Edmund Jeffries January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1983 Republican Atchison
98th Jim Slattery.jpg Jim Slattery January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1995 Democratic Topeka Unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1994
104th Sam Brownback official portrait 3.jpg Sam Brownback January 3, 1995 – November 7, 1996 Republican Topeka Resigned November 27, 1996 retroactive to November 7 after being elected to the US Senate
Jimryun.jpg Jim Ryun November 27, 1996 – January 3, 2007 Republican Topeka, then Lawrence Lost re-election in 2006
110th Nancy boyda.JPG Nancy Boyda January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009 Democratic Topeka Lost re-election in 2008
111th Lynn Jenkins, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg Lynn Jenkins January 3, 2009 – Present Republican Topeka Incumbent

Recent election results[edit]


Kansas's 2nd Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Ryun* 126,169 60.45
Democratic Dan Lykins 78,286 37.51
Libertarian Art Clack 4,263 2.04
Total votes 208,718 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold


Kansas's 2nd Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Ryun* 165,325 56.15
Democratic Nancy Boyda 121,532 41.28
Libertarian Dennis Hawver 7,579 2.57
Total votes 294,436 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold


Kansas's 2nd Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Boyda 111,759 50.60
Republican Jim Ryun* 104,128 47.15
Reform Roger Tucker 4,980 2.26
Total votes 220,867 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Democratic gain from Republican


Kansas's 2nd Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lynn Jenkins 155,532 50.61
Democratic Nancy Boyda* 142,013 46.21
Reform Leslie Martin 5,080 1.65
Libertarian Robert Garrard 4,683 1.52
Total votes 262,027 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic


Kansas's 2nd Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lynn Jenkins* 130,034 63.13
Democratic Cheryl Hudspeth 66,588 32.33
Libertarian Robert Garrard 9,353 4.54
Total votes 205,975 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold


Kansas's 2nd Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lynn Jenkins* 167,463 57.0
Democratic Tobias Schlingensiepen 113,735 38.7
Libertarian Dennis Hawver 12,520 4.2
Total votes 293,718 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold


Kansas's 2nd Congressional District Election (2014)[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lynn Jenkins (incumbent) 128,742 57.0
Democratic Margie Wakefield 87,153 38.6
Libertarian Christopher Clemmons 9,791 4.3
Total votes ' '
Voter turnout  %

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 – 2013

See also[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  2. ^ Frank W. Blackmar, ed. (1912). "Congressional Districts". Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc ... I. Chicago: Standard Pub Co. pp. 400–401. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ http://www.sos.ks.gov/elections/14elec/2014%20General%20Election%20Official%20Results.pdf

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