Arizona's 8th congressional district
|Arizona's 8th congressional district|
|Current Representative||Trent Franks (R–Glendale)|
|Distribution||87.3% urban, 12.7% rural|
|Ethnicity||73.9% White, 3% Black, 2.1% Asian, 18.2% Hispanic, 0.8% Native American, 0.1% other|
After redistricting for the 2012 general election, the new 8th district encompases most of the Maricopa County portion of the old 2nd district, while most of the former 8th district became the 2nd congressional district. It is the geographic and demographic successor of the old 2nd; while the 4th district contains most of the old 2nd's land, more than 92 percent of the old 2nd's constituents were drawn into the 8th.
The district was represented from 2007 to 2012 by Democrat Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot and severely wounded at a public event on January 8, 2011. Giffords resigned her seat in January 2012. A special election that was on June 12, 2012 elected Ron Barber as the new congressman.
For the 2012 election, Barber was redistricted to the 2nd district, which includes the bulk of the old 8th district. The 8th was redrawn to include nearly all of the Maricopa County portion of the old 2nd District. That district's congressman, Republican Trent Franks, won the election for the new 8th.
|Election results from presidential races|
|2000||President||Bush 50 - 46%|
|2004||President||Bush 53 - 46%|
|2008||President||McCain 52 - 46%|
|2012||President||Romney 62 - 37%|
List of representatives
|Jim Kolbe||Republican||January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2007
including parts of Tucson:
Santa Cruz (part)
|Redistricted from the 5th district and re-elected in 2002
Re-elected in 2004
|Gabrielle Giffords||Democratic||January 3, 2007 –
January 25, 2012
|First elected in 2006
Re-elected in 2008
Re-elected in 2010
|Vacant||January 25, 2012 –
June 12, 2012
|Ron Barber||Democratic||June 12, 2012 -
January 3, 2013
|Elected to finish Giffords's term, Redistricted to the 2nd district|
|Trent Franks||Republican||January 3, 2013 –
|113 -||Redistricted from the 2nd district and re-elected in 2012
Recent election results
|Arizona’s 8th Congressional District House Election, 2002|
|Democratic||Mary Judge Ryan||67,328||33.59%|
|Arizona’s 8th Congressional District House Election, 2004|
|Arizona’s 8th Congressional District House Election, 2006|
|Democratic||Gabrielle Dee Giffords||137,655||54.25%|
|Libertarian||David F. Nolan||4,849||1.91%|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
|Arizona’s 8th Congressional District House Election, 2008|
|Democratic||Gabrielle Dee Giffords (Incumbent)||179,629||54.72%|
|Arizona’s 8th Congressional District House Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Gabrielle Dee Giffords (Incumbent)||138,280||48.76%|
|Arizona’s 8th Congressional District Special House Election — June 12, 2012|
|Arizona’s 8th Congressional District House General Election, 2012|
|Americans Elect||Stephen Dolgos||4,347||1.59%|
|Arizona’s 8th congressional district general election, November 4, 2014|
|Republican||Trent Franks (Incumbent)||128,710||75.8%|
|Americans Elect||Stephen Dolgos||41,066||24.2%|
Source: "STATE OF ARIZONA OFFICIAL CANVASS 2014 General Election - November 4, 2014" (PDF). Arizona Secretary of State. December 1, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
Living former Members
As of April 2015[update], there are three former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona's 8th congressional district that are currently living.
|Representative||Term in office||Date of birth (and age)|
|Jim Kolbe||2003 - 2007||June 28, 1942|
|Gabrielle Giffords||2007 - 2012||June 8, 1970|
|Ron Barber||2012 - 2013||August 25, 1945|
Historical district boundaries
- "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
- "Maps for the 2012 election" (PDF). Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
- Arizona Redistricting: Commission releases draft map. Daily Kos, 2011-10-04
- Condon, Stephanie (January 23, 2012). "Gabrielle Giffords' resignation prompts special election". CBS News. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
- Martis, Kenneth C., The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts, 1789-1983. New York: Macmillan Publishing, 1982.
- Martis, Kenneth C., The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress, 1789-1989. New York: Macmillan Publishing, 1989.
- Congressional Directory: Browse 105th Congress
- Demographic information at census.gov
- 2004 Election data at CNN.com
- 2002 Election data from CBSNews.com
- Maps of Congressional Districts first in effect for the 2002 election
- Maps for the 2012 election