Colorado's 1st congressional district
|Colorado's 1st congressional district|
|Current Representative||Diana DeGette (D–Denver)|
Colorado's 1st congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Colorado based primarily in the City and County of Denver in the central part of the state. The district includes all of the City and County of Denver and the nearby suburbs of Glendale, Englewood, Sheridan, and Cherry Hills Village.
Based in the heart of Metropolitan Denver, this district is by far the most liberal district in the non-coastal parts of the American West and the most liberal district in the western US outside of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Hawaii, and Seattle. While there is some GOP strength in the suburban areas, it is no match for the overwhelmingly Democratic tilt of the City of Denver.
Following the 1990 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 1st Congressional district consisted of all of the City and County of Denver and parts of Adams, Arapahoe, and Jefferson counties.
Following the 2000 U.S. census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 1st Congressional district consists of parts of Arapahoe County including parts or all of the cities of Englewood, Cherry Hills Village, Sheridan, Aurora and Glendale and all of the City and County of Denver.
Following the 2010 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 1st Congressional district consisted of all of the City and County of Denver and parts of Arapahoe County including parts or all of the cities of Englewood, Cherry Hills Village, Sheridan, Aurora and Glendale. Following the census the 1st district took in additional area in the southwestern suburbs which included parts of Jefferson County and parts or all of the cities of Columbine and Ken Caryl.
As with most urban districts, Colorado's 1st Congressional District is racially diverse and has proven to be friendly territory for Democrats. Only two Republicans have been elected to the district's Congressional seat since the Great Depression. Dean M. Gillespie was the district's representative from 1944 to 1947, and Mike McKevitt served one term from 1970 to 1972, winning thanks to an ideological split among Denver Democrats.
|Election results from presidential races|
|2000||President||Gore 61 – 33%|
|2004||President||Kerry 68 – 31%|
|2008||President||Obama 74 – 24%|
|2012||President||Obama 69 – 29%|
Previous election results
|Constitution||George C. Lilly||1,169||1%|
|Constitution||George C. Lilly||5,193||2%|
|Green||Thomas D. Kelly||32,825||20%|
|Republican||George C. Lilly||67,346||24%|
|Libertarian||Martin L. Buchanan||12,136||4%|
List of representatives
|District created||March 4, 1893|
|Lafayette Pence||Populist||March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1895
|John F. Shafroth||Republican||March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1897
|Switched to the Silver Republican Party|
|Silver Republican||March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1903
|Switched to the Democratic Party after the 57th United States Congress.|
|Democratic||March 4, 1903 –
February 15, 1904
|Resigned after declaring his conviction that his opponent was actually elected.|
|Robert W. Bonynge||Republican||February 16, 1904 –
March 3, 1909
|Atterson W. Rucker||Democratic||March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1913
|George Kindel||Democratic||March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
|Benjamin Hilliard||Democratic||March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1919
|William Vaile||Republican||March 4, 1919 –
July 2, 1927
|Vacant||July 3, 1927 –
November 14, 1927
|S. Harrison White||Democratic||November 15, 1927 –
March 3, 1929
|William R. Eaton||Republican||March 4, 1929 –
March 3, 1933
|Lawrence Lewis||Democratic||March 4, 1933 –
December 9, 1943
|Vacant||December 9, 1943 –
March 7, 1944
|Dean M. Gillespie||Republican||March 7, 1944 –
January 3, 1947
|John A. Carroll||Democratic||January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1951
|Byron Rogers||Democratic||January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1971
|Mike McKevitt||Republican||January 3, 1971 –
January 3, 1973
|Patricia Schroeder||Democratic||January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1997
|Diana DeGette||Democratic||January 3, 1997 –
|First elected in 1996|
Living former Members
As of April 2015[update], there is one former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado's 1st congressional district who is currently living at this time.
|Representative||Term in office||Date of birth (and age)|
|Patricia Schroeder||1973–1997||July 30, 1940|
Historical district boundaries
- "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
- Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
- Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
- Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present