California's 38th congressional district

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California's 38th congressional district
California's 38th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
California's 38th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Linda Sánchez (DLakewood)
Ethnicity 18.9% White, 3.6% Black, 14.5% Asian, 61.2% Hispanic, 1.8[1]% other
Cook PVI D+12

California's 38th congressional district is congressional district in the U.S. state of California based in suburban eastern Los Angeles County, California. The district is currently represented by Democrat Linda Sánchez.

Geography[edit]

The district covers several cities in southeastern Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley areas including:

the cities of:
and the unincorporated communities of:

The major cities generally reflect an Hispanic majority, while Cerritos has an Asian-American majority.

Gerrymandering[edit]

In 2000, the two dominant parties in the state of California cooperatively redrew both state and federal legislative districts to preserve the status quo, ensuring the electoral safety of the politicians, thereby reducing the amount of influence the electorate have over elections (gerrymandering). However, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 directs districts to be created to increase minority representation. According to The Almanac of American Politics, one of the reasons the 38th District is so shaped is to have a majority of Hispanics.

Recent election results from statewide races[edit]

Year Office Winner and vote
1992 President Clinton 44.6 - 33.5%
Senator Herschensohn 46.3 - 45.1%
Senator Feinstein 50.9 - 39.5%
1994 Governor [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Senator [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
1996 President [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
1998 Governor [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Senator [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
2000 President Gore 57.9 - 37.3%[2]
Senator Feinstein 59.6 - 33.3%[3]
2002 Governor Davis 62.3 - 28.7%[4]
2003 Recall No 52.4 - 47.6%[5][6]
Bustamante 47.1 - 37.9%
2004 President Kerry 65.3 - 33.6%[7]
Senator Boxer 70.8 - 23.4%[8]
2006 Governor Angelides 58.3 - 37.1%[9]
Senator Feinstein 71.9 - 23.0%[10]
2008 President Obama 72.3 - 26.6%[11]
2010 Governor Brown 68.1 - 25.9%
Senator Boxer 67.1 - 26.4%

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Dates Notes Counties
District created January 3, 1963
Patrick M. Martin 88th Congress 1963.jpg Patrick M. Martin Republican January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1965
Lost re-election Imperial County
Riverside County
JohnTunney.jpg John V. Tunney Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 2, 1971
Elected to the US Senate
Vacant January 2, 1971 –
January 3, 1971
Victor Veysey.gif Victor Veysey Republican January 3, 1971 –
January 3, 1973
Redistricted to the 43rd district
Georgebrownjr.jpg George Brown, Jr. Democratic January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1975
Redistricted to the 36th district San Bernardino County
(Inland Empire)
Jerry Patterson.png Jerry M. Patterson Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1983
Lost re-election North central Orange County
(Anaheim)
January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1985
Northwest Orange County
(Garden Grove
Santa Ana)
RobertDornan.jpg Bob Dornan Republican January 3, 1985 –
January 3, 1993
Redistricted to the 46th district
Johnhorn.jpg Steve Horn Republican January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 2003
Retired Los Angeles County
(Bellflower
Long Beach)
Rep-Napolitano.jpg Grace Napolitano Democratic January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2013
Redistricted from the 34th district

Redistricted to the 32nd district
San Gabriel Valley
Los Angeles County
(East L.A.
Norwalk
Pomona
La Puente
Hacienda Heights)
Linda Sanchez Official.jpg Linda Sánchez Democratic January 3, 2013 –
present
Redistricted from the 39th district Los Angeles County
(East L.A.
Norwalk
Whittier)

Election results[edit]

19621964196619681970197219741976197819801982198419861988199019921994199619982000200220042006200820102012

1962[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1962[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Patrick M. Martin 68,583 55.9
Democratic Dalip Singh Saund (incumbent) 54,022 44.1
Total votes 122,605 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

1964[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1964[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John V. Tunney 85,661 52.8
Republican Patrick M. Martin (incumbent) 76,525 47.2
Total votes 162,186 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Democratic gain from Republican

1966[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1966[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John V. Tunney (incumbent) 83,216 54.5
Republican Robert O. Hunter 69,444 45.5
Total votes 152,660 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1968[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1968[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John V. Tunney (incumbent) 121,025 62.8
Republican Robert O. Hunter 68,196 35.4
American Independent James H. Griffin 2,415 1.3
Peace and Freedom Terese A. Karmel 1,205 0.6
Total votes 192,841 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1970[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1970[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Victor Veysey 87,479 49.8
Democratic David A. Tunno 85,684 48.8
American Independent William E. Pasley 2,481 3.4
Total votes 175,644 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

1972[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1972[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic George Brown, Jr. (incumbent) 77,776 56.3
Republican Howard J. Snider 60,379 43.7
Total votes 138,155 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Democratic win (new seat)

1974[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1974[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jerry M. Patterson 67,299 54.0
Republican David Rehmann 51,509 41.3
American Independent Lee R. Rayburn 3,991 3.2
Peace and Freedom Larry B. Kallenberger 1,851 1.5
Total votes 124,650 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Democratic gain from Republican

1976[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1976[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jerry M. Patterson (incumbent) 103,317 63.6
Republican James "Jim" Combs 59,092 36.4
Total votes 162,409 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1978[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1978[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jerry M. Patterson (incumbent) 75,471 58.6
Republican Dan Goedeke 53,298 41.4
Total votes 128,769 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1980[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1980[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jerry M. Patterson (incumbent) 91,880 55.5
Republican Art Jacobson 66,256 40.0
Libertarian Charles E. "Chuck" Heiser 7,301 4.4
Total votes 165,437 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1982[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1982[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jerry M. Patterson (incumbent) 73,914 52.4
Republican William F. "Bill" Dohr 61,279 43.4
Libertarian Anita K. Barr 5,989 4.2
Total votes 141,182 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

1984[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1984[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Dornan 86,545 53.2
Democratic Jerry M. Patterson (incumbent) 73,231 45.0
Peace and Freedom Michael Schuyles Bright 3,021 1.9
Total votes 162,797 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

1986[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1986[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Dornan (incumbent) 66,032 55.3
Democratic Richard H. Robinson 50,625 42.4
Libertarian Lee Connelly 2,807 2.3
Total votes 119,464 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1988[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1988[25]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Dornan (incumbent) 87,690 59.5
Democratic Jerry Yudelson 52,399 35.6
Libertarian Bruce McKay 3,733 2.5
Peace and Freedom Frank German 3,547 2.4
Total votes 147,369 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1990[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1990[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Dornan (incumbent) 60,561 58.1
Democratic Barbara Jackson 43,693 41.9
Total votes 104,254 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1992[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1992[27]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Horn 92,038 48.6
Democratic Evan Anderson Braude 82,108 43.4
Peace and Freedom Paul Burton 8,391 4.4
Libertarian Blake Ashley 6,756 3.6
No party Brown (write-in) 14 0.0%
No party Venable (write-in) 14 0.0%
Total votes 189,321 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

1994[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1994[28]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Horn (incumbent) 85,225 58.47
Democratic Peter Mathews 53,681 36.83
Libertarian Lester W. Mueller 3,795 2.60
Peace and Freedom Richard K. Green 2,995 2.05
No party Duke (write-in) 73 0.05%
Total votes 145,769 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1996[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1996[29]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Horn (incumbent) 88,136 52.6
Democratic Rick Zbur 71,627 42.8
Green William Yeager 4,610 2.7
Libertarian Paul Gautreau 3,272 1.9
Total votes 195,545 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1998[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1998[30]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Horn (incumbent) 88,136 52.93
Democratic Peter Mathews 71,627 44.31
Libertarian David Bowers 3,705 2.75
Republican Margherita Underhill (write-in) 17 0.01
Total votes 163,485 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2000[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2000[31]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Horn (incumbent) 87,266 48.5
Democratic Gerrie Shcipske 85,498 47.5
Natural Law Karen Blasdell-Wilkinson 3,744 2.0
Libertarian Jack Neglia 3,614 2.0
Total votes 180,122 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2002[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2002[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Grace Napolitano (incumbent) 62,600 71.2
Republican Alex A. Burrola 23,126 26.2
Libertarian Al Cuperus 2,301 2.6
Total votes 88,027 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2004[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2004[33]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Grace Napolitano (incumbent) 116,851 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2006[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[34]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Grace Napolitano (incumbent) 75,181 75.4
Republican Sidney W. Street 24,620 24.6
Total votes 99,801 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2008[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2008[35]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Grace Napolitano (incumbent) 130,211 81.73
Libertarian Christopher M. Agrella 29,113 18.27
Total votes 159,324 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2010[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2010[36]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Grace Napolitano (incumbent) 85,459 73.45
Republican Robert Vaughn 30,883 26.55
Total votes 116,342 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2012[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2012[37]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Linda Sánchez (incumbent) 145,280 67.5
Republican Benjamin Campos 69,807 32.5
Total votes 215,087 100.0
Democratic hold

Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 38th congressional district[edit]

As of April 2015, there are four former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 38th congressional district that are currently living.

Representative Term in office Date of birth (and age)
John V. Tunney 1965 - 1971 (1934-06-26) June 26, 1934 (age 81)
Jerry M. Patterson 1975 - 1985 (1934-10-25) October 25, 1934 (age 80)
Bob Dornan 1985 - 1993 (1933-04-03) April 3, 1933 (age 82)
Grace Napolitano 2003 - 2013 (1936-12-04) December 4, 1936 (age 78)

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°56′26″N 118°03′45″W / 33.94056°N 118.06250°W / 33.94056; -118.06250