Connecticut's 2nd congressional district

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Connecticut's 2nd congressional district
Connecticut's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Connecticut's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Joe Courtney (DVernon)
Area 2,143 mi2
Distribution 66.7.[citation needed]% urban, 33.3% rural
Population (2010) 714,819
Median income $54,498
Ethnicity 84.2% White, 3.6% Black, 2.9% Asian, 6.8% Hispanic, 0.4% Native American, 2.1% other
Cook PVI D+5

Connecticut's 2nd Congressional District is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Connecticut. Located in the eastern part of the state, the district includes all of New London County, Tolland County, and Windham County, along with parts of Hartford, Middlesex, and New Haven counties.

Principal cities include: Enfield, Norwich, New London, and Old Saybrook.

The district is currently represented by Democrat Joe Courtney.

Towns in the District[edit]

Hartford County - Enfield, Glastonbury (part), Marlborough, and Suffield.

Middlesex County - Chester, Clinton, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook.

New Haven County - Madison.

New London County - Bozrah, Colchester, East Lyme, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Montville, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Lyme, Preston, Salem, Sprague, Stonington, Voluntown, and Waterford.

Tolland County - Andover, Bolton, Columbia, Coventry, Ellington, Hebron, Mansfield, Somers, Stafford, Tolland, Union, Vernon, and Willington.

Windham County - Ashford, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Eastford, Hampton, Killingly, Plainfield, Pomfret, Putnam, Scotland, Sterling, Thompson, Windham, and Woodstock.

Voter Registration[edit]

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 30, 2012[1]
Party Active Inactive Total Percentage
  Democratic 119,995 5,501 125,496 28.94%
  Republican 90,371 4,174 94,545 21.80%
  Minor Parties 580 48 628 0.14%
  Unaffiliated 201,003 12,027 213,030 49.12%
Total 411,949 21,750 433,699 100%

Presidential elections[edit]

Performance Average - Democrat (55.94%), Republican (41.10%), Third Party (2.97%)

Recent elections[edit]

1992[edit]

US House election, 1992
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Samuel Gejdenson (incumbent) 123,291 51%
Republican Edward W. Munster 119,416 49%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 242,707 100%

1994[edit]

US House election, 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Samuel Gejdenson (incumbent) 79,188 43%
Republican Edward W. Munster 79,167 43%
A Connecticut Party David Bingham 27,716 14%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 186,071 100%

1996[edit]

US House election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Samuel Gejdenson (incumbent) 115,175 52%
Republican Edward W. Munster 100,332 45%
style="background-color: Template:Independence Party of America/meta/color; width: 5px;" | [[Independence Party of America|Template:Independence Party of America/meta/shortname]] Dianne G. Ondusko 6,477 3%
Natural Law Thomas E. Hall 1,263 0.4%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 223,258 100%

1998[edit]

US House election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Samuel Gejdenson (inc.) 99,567 61%
Republican Gary M. Koval 57,860 35%
style="background-color: Template:Independence Party of America/meta/color; width: 5px;" | [[Independence Party of America|Template:Independence Party of America/meta/shortname]] Dianne G. Ondusko 5,116 3%
Term Limits Paul W. Cook 658 0.4%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 163,201 100%

2000[edit]

US House election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Rob Simmons 114,380 51%
Democratic Samuel Gejdenson (incumbent) 111,520 49%
Republican gain from Democratic Swing
Turnout 225,900 100%

2002[edit]

US House election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Rob Simmons (incumbent) 117,434 54%
Democratic Joe Courtney 99,674 46%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 217,108 100%

2004[edit]

US House election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Rob Simmons (inc.) 165,558 54%
Democratic James Sullivan 139,987 46% -
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 305,545 100%

2006[edit]

US House election, 2006: Connecticut District 2[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joe Courtney 121,248 50%
Republican Rob Simmons (incumbent) 121,158 50%
Democratic gain from Republican Swing
Turnout 242,413 100%

2008[edit]

US House election, 2008: Connecticut District 2
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joe Courtney (incumbent) 212,411 66%
Republican Sean Sullivan 104,469 32%
Green G. Scott Deshefy 6,287 2%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 323,167 100%

2010[edit]

US House election, 2010: Connecticut District 2
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joe Courtney (incumbent) 147,748 60%
Republican Janet Peckinpaugh 95,671 39%
Green G. Scott Deshefy 3,344 1%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 246,763 100%

2012[edit]

Connecticut 2nd Congressional District Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joe Courtney (incumbent) 204,691 68%
Republican Paul Formica 87,828 29%
Green Colin Bennett 3,269 2%
Libertarian Daniel Reale 3,504 1%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 299,652 100%

2014[edit]

Connecticut 2nd Congressional District Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joe Courtney (incumbent) 141,948 62%
Republican Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh 80,837 36%
Green William Clyde 2,602 1%
Libertarian Daniel Reale 2,549 1%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 227,936 100%

List of Representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years of Service Hometown Note
District organized from Connecticut's At-large congressional district in 1837
No image.svg Samuel Ingham Democratic March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1839 Essex Lost Re-election
No image.svg William L. Storrs Whig March 4, 1839 – June, 1840 Middletown Resigned/Appointed Associate Justice of CT Supreme Court
Vacant June, 1840 – December 7, 1840
No image.svg William Whiting Boardman Whig December 7, 1840 – March 3, 1843 New Haven Retired
No image.svg John Stewart Democratic March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1845 Chatham Lost Re-election
SDHubbard.jpg Samuel Dickinson Hubbard Whig March 4, 1845 – March 3, 1849 Middletown Retired
WalterBooth.jpg Walter Booth Free Soil March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1851 Meriden Lost Re-election
No image.svg Colin M. Ingersoll Democratic March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1855 New Haven Retired
JohnWoodruffCT.jpg John Woodruff American March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1857 New Haven Lost Re-election
SamuelArnoldCT.jpg Samuel Arnold Democratic March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1859 Haddam Retired
JohnWoodruffCT.jpg John Woodruff Republican March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1861 New Haven Retired
JEEnglish.jpg James E. English Democratic March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1865 New Haven Retired
SamuelLWarner.jpg Samuel L. Warner Republican March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1867 Middletown Retired
Juliushotchkiss.jpg Julius Hotchkiss Democratic March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1869 Waterbury Retired
Stephen Wright Kellogg (Connecticut Congressman).jpg Stephen Wright Kellogg Republican March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1875 Waterbury Lost Re-election
JamesPhelps.jpg James Phelps Democratic March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1883 Essex Retired
Charles LeMoyne Mitchell (Connecticut Congressman).jpg Charles Le Moyne Mitchell Democratic March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1887 New Haven Retired
Carlos French (Connecticut Congressman).jpg Carlos French Democratic March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889 Seymour Retired
Washington F. Willcox (Connecticut Congressman).jpg Washington F. Willcox Democratic March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1893 Chester Retired
James P. Pigott (Connecticut Congressman).jpg James P. Pigott Democratic March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895 New Haven Lost Re-election
Nehemiah Day Sperry (Connecticut Congressman).jpg Nehemiah D. Sperry Republican March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1911 New Haven Retired
ThomasLReilly.jpg Thomas L. Reilly Democratic March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1913 Meriden Re-districted to 3rd District
BryanFMahan.jpg Bryan F. Mahan Democratic March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1915 New London Lost Re-election
RichardPFreeman.jpg Richard P. Freeman Republican March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1933 New London Lost Re-election
William L. Higgins (Connecticut Congressman).jpg William L. Higgins Republican March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1937 Coventry Lost Re-election
No image.svg William J. Fitzgerald Democratic January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1939 Norwich Lost Re-election
No image.svg Thomas R. Ball Republican January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1941 Old Lyme Lost Re-election
No image.svg William J. Fitzgerald Democratic January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1943 Norwich Lost Re-election
No image.svg John D. McWilliams Republican January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1945 Norwich Lost Re-election
ChaseGWoodhouse.jpg Chase G. Woodhouse Democratic January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1947 Sprague Lost Re-election
Horace Seely-Brown, Jr. (Connecticut Congressman).jpg Horace Seely-Brown, Jr. Republican January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949 Pomfret Lost Re-election
ChaseGWoodhouse.jpg Chase G. Woodhouse Democratic January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1951 Sprague Lost Re-election
Horace Seely-Brown, Jr. (Connecticut Congressman).jpg Horace Seely-Brown, Jr. Republican January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1959 Pomfret Lost Re-election
Chester Bowles (Connecticut Governor and Congressman).jpg Chester Bowles Democratic January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1961 Essex Appointed Under Secretary of State
Horace Seely-Brown, Jr. (Connecticut Congressman).jpg Horace Seely-Brown, Jr. Republican January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1963 Pomfret Unsuccessful candidate for US Senate
William St. Onge.jpg William St. Onge Democratic January 3, 1963 – May 1, 1970 Putnam Died
Vacant May 1, 1970 – November 3, 1970
RHSteele.png Robert H. Steele Republican November 3, 1970 – January 3, 1975 Vernon Unsuccessful candidate for Governor
ChrisDodd.jpg Chris Dodd Democratic January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1981 Norwich Elected to US Senate
Repsamgejdenson.jpg Sam Gejdenson Democratic January 3, 1981 – January 3, 2001 Bozrah Lost Re-election
Rob Simmons 109th pictorial photo.jpg Rob Simmons Republican January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2007 Stonington Lost Re-election
Joe Courtney, official 110th Congress photo portrait.jpg Joe Courtney Democratic January 3, 2007 – Vernon Incumbent
The district from 2003 to 2013

Living former Members[edit]

As of June 2016, there are four living former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut's 2nd congressional district.

Representative Term in office Date of birth (and age)
Robert H. Steele 1970–1975 (1938-11-03) November 3, 1938 (age 77)
Chris Dodd 1975–1981 (1944-05-27) May 27, 1944 (age 72)
Sam Gejdenson 1981–2001 (1948-05-20) May 20, 1948 (age 68)
Rob Simmons 2001–2007 (1943-02-11) February 11, 1943 (age 73)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 30, 2012" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-11-01. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  2. ^ http://www.sots.ct.gov/ElectionsServices/election_results/2006_Nov_Election/Congress.pdf 2006 Official Election Results

Coordinates: 41°39′13″N 72°12′23″W / 41.65361°N 72.20639°W / 41.65361; -72.20639