Arizona's 9th congressional district

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Arizona's 9th congressional district
Arizona US Congressional District 9 (since 2013).tif
Arizona's 9th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Kyrsten Sinema (DPhoenix)
Population (2015) 777,123 [1]
Cook PVI D+4[2]

Arizona's ninth congressional district is a new district that was created as a result of the 2010 Census.[3] The first candidates ran in the 2012 House elections, and the first representative was seated for the 113th Congress in 2013.

The district is located entirely within Maricopa County. Geographically and demographically, it is the successor to the old 5th district; 60 percent of the new 9th's territory comes from the old 5th.[4] It is centered around Tempe and includes southern Scottsdale, western Mesa, northwestern Chandler, and southern Phoenix including the Ahwatukee district.

As of the 2012 general election, there are 344,770 registered voters. Of these, 118,077 (34.2%) are registered Republican, 107,123 (31.1%) are registered Democratic, 3,232 (0.9%) are registered Libertarian, and 761 (0.2%) are registered Green. A substantial number, 115,531 (33.5%) are independents.[5] It is split between liberal bastions such as Tempe (home to Arizona State University), strongly conservative portions of the East Valley, and more moderate Republicans in eastern and southern Phoenix.[6]

The district was one of seven across the United States whose winner was not declared on election night.[7] Although Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema held a narrow lead over Republican candidate Vernon Parker, the number of provisional and absentee ballots to be counted significantly exceeded the margin between the two.[7] Sinema was officially declared the winner on November 12, 2012.[8]

Since the 9th district's incumbent representative Kyrsten Sinema is running for Senate in 2018 to replace retiring U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, the seat will be open in 2018.


Election results from statewide races
Year Office Results
2012 President Obama 51 - 47%
2016 President Clinton 55 - 38%

List of representatives[edit]

Arizona began sending a ninth member to the House after the 2010 Census, the 2012 Congressional election, and the convening of the 113th Congress.

Representative Party Years Cong
Electoral history District description[9][10][11]
District created January 3, 2013   Parts of south and east Phoenix, including the Ahwatukee district; Tempe, south Scottsdale, west Mesa, and northwest Chandler.
Kyrsten Sinema 113th Congress.jpg

Kyrsten Sinema

Democratic January 3, 2013 –
First elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Retiring to run for U.S. Senator.

2012 election[edit]

As the result of the August 28, 2012 closed primary, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema faced Republican Vernon Parker in the November 6 general election. Sinema was the first candidate to announce an intention to run.[12] A former member of both the Arizona House of Representatives and the Arizona State Senate, until resigning to launch her House campaign in Arizona's 9th congressional district, she was endorsed by EMILY's List, AFL-CIO, The Professional Firefighters of Arizona, Former Congressman Sam Coppersmith, among others.[13]

On January 11, 2012, Republican Travis Grantham announced that he was running.[14]

Arizona State Senate Minority Leader David Schapira announced his candidacy on January 17, 2012. Schapira was born in the district, has resided there for most of his life, and currently represents Tempe and South Scottsdale.[15]

On February 9, 2012 former Clinton White House aide and Arizona prosecutor Andrei Cherny launched his bid for Congress in the new district.[16] Cherny was Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party. His campaign slogan is "Save the Middle Class," for his mission is to "put our government back on the side of Arizona's families."[17] He served as an Assistant Attorney General under Terry Goddard and worked in the Clinton White House. Both men have given their endorsements to Cherny. Former Ahwatukee State Rep. Rae Waters, Mesa City Councilman Dennis Kavanaugh, former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and many other strong Arizona leaders have done so as well.[17]

On February 22, 2012, Republican Martin Sepulveda declared his candidacy for Congressional District 9. Martin Sepulveda is a former Chandler City Councilman, a business owner, and a Commander in the United States Navy having served four tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. On March 3, 2012 Lieutenant Colonel Wendy Rogers (Ret) announced her candidacy for Congressional District 9.[18] Rogers and husband Hal Kunen, along with children George and Emily, settled in Tempe in 1996, upon their retirement from the United States Air Force. Rogers is a Republican.

Leah Campos Schandlbauer announced her candidacy March 26, 2012.[19] She is a former CIA operations officer and a conservative Republican.[20]

Complete election results[edit]


Arizona’s 9th congressional district general election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kyrsten Sinema 121,881 48.66%
Republican Vernon B. Parker 111,630 44.56%
Libertarian Powell Gammill 16,620 6.63%
Write-in Write-ins 363 0.14%
Plurality 10,251 4.10%
Total votes 250,494 100.00
Democratic gain from new constituency


Arizona’s 9th congressional district general election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kyrsten Sinema 88,609 55%
Republican Wendy Rogers 67,841 41%
Libertarian Powell Gammill 5,612 4%
Democratic hold


Arizona’s 9th congressional district general election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kyrsten Sinema 169,055 61%
Republican Dave Giles 108,350 39%
Democratic hold

Living former Members[edit]

There are no former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona's 9th congressional district, living or dead: Representative Sinema has served for the entirety of the district's existence.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Census 2010 shows Red states gaining congressional districts". Washington Post. Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ Arizona Redistricting: Commission releases draft map. Daily Kos, October 4, 2011
  5. ^ Arizona Secretary of State. "State of Arizona Registration Report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 7, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ Shira T. Center (August 12, 2014). "Freshman Congresswoman Moves to the Middle". Roll Call. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Kyrsten Sinema's Lead Growing Over Vernon Parker as More Ballots Are Counted". Phoenix New Times, November 9, 2012.
  8. ^ "US elects first bisexual member of Congress". AFP, November 12, 2012.
  9. ^ Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts, 1789-1983. New York: Macmillan Publishing. 
  10. ^ Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress, 1789-1989. New York: Macmillan Publishing. 
  11. ^ Congressional Directory: Browse 105th Congress Archived February 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "State senator announces bid for Congress". Washington Examiner. January 3, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Endorsements". 
  14. ^ "Grantham announces run for Congress". KPHO-TV. January 11, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Schapira announces bid for Congress". The Arizona Republic. January 17, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  16. ^[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 23, 2012. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 17, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Mother of Four, CIA Operations Officer Declares for Congress in District 9". 
  20. ^ "Former CIA worker to run for Congress in District 9". Arizona Republic. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°25′N 111°55′W / 33.417°N 111.917°W / 33.417; -111.917