Colorado's 3rd congressional district

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Colorado's 3rd congressional district
Colorado's 3rd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Colorado's 3rd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Scott Tipton (RCortez)
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Colorado's 3rd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Colorado. The district takes in most of the rural Western Slope in the state's western third, with a tendril in the south taking in the southern portions of the Eastern Plains. It includes the cities of Grand Junction, Durango and Pueblo.

The district is currently represented by Republican Scott R. Tipton who defeated Democratic incumbent John Salazar in 2010.

History[edit]

1990s[edit]

Following the 1990 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 3rd Congressional district consisted of Alamosa, Archuleta, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Custer, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Huerfano, Jackson, Lake, La Plata, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Park, Pitkin, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, San Juan, San Miguel and Summit counties, as well as portions of Douglas, Fremont, and Jefferson counties.

2000s[edit]

Following the 2000 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 3rd Congressional district consisted of Alamosa, Archuleta, Conejos, Costilla, Custer, Delta, Dolores, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Huerfano, Jackson, La Plata, Las Animas, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, San Juan, and San Miguel counties and most of Otero County.

Characteristics[edit]

The district has two major population centers in Grand Junction and Pueblo. The two cities and their surrounding rural areas provide a competitive arena for congressional races. Grand Junction, on the Western Slope, is a Republican stronghold while Pueblo, a town with a large Latino population and (by Colorado norms) a heavily unionized workforce, provides a base of support for Democrats. The district leaned heavily Republican in the 1990s, but in recent years has become more competitive.

George W. Bush received 55% of the vote in the district in 2004 while John McCain won the district in 2008 50%–47%.

Voting[edit]

Election results from presidential races[2]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Bush 54 - 39%
2004 President Bush 55 - 44%
2008 President McCain 50 - 47%
2012 President Romney 52 - 46%

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Term Duration District Home Electoral history
District created March 4, 1915
Districts 3 and 4 were created from the former at-large district
Edward Keating.jpg Edward Keating Democratic March 4, 1915 –
March 4, 1919
Pueblo First elected in 1912 (At-large district)

Lost re-election
Guy Urban Hardy Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 4, 1933
Canon City First elected in 1918

Lost re-election
John Andrew Martin Democratic March 4, 1933 –
December 23, 1939
Pueblo First elected in 1932

Died
Vacant December 23, 1939 –
November 5, 1940
William Evans Burney Democratic November 5, 1940 –
January 3, 1941
Pueblo Won special election to finish remaining term

Did not run as a candidate for a full term
in the 1940 general election
John Edgar Chenoweth Republican January 3, 1941–
January 3, 1949
Trinidad First elected in 1940

Lost re-election
John Henry Marsalis Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1951
Pueblo Elected in 1948

Lost re-election
John Edgar Chenoweth Republican January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1965
Trinidad Re-elected in 1950

Lost party re-nomination
Frank Edward Evans.jpg Frank Evans Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1979
Beulah First elected in 1964

Retired
Raymond P. Kogovsek.png Ray Kogovsek Democratic January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1985
Pueblo First elected in 1978

Retired
Michael L. Strang.jpg Mike Strang Republican January 3, 1985 –
January 3, 1987
Carbondale Elected in 1984

Lost re-election
BenNCampbell.jpg Ben Nighthorse Campbell Democratic January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 1993
Ignacio First elected in 1986

Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Rep. Scott McInnis.jpg Scott McInnis Republican January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 2005
Glenwood Springs First elected in 1992

Retired
Rep John Salazar.jpg John Salazar Democratic January 3, 2005 –
January 3, 2011
Manassa First elected in 2004

Lost re-election
Scott Tipton, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.JPG Scott Tipton Republican January 3, 2011 –
present
Cortez First elected in 2010

Election results[edit]

19141916191819201922192419261928193019321934193619381940 (Special)19401942194419461948195019521954195619581960196219641966196819701972197419761978198019821984198619881990199219941996199820002002200420062008201020122014

1914[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1914[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward Keating 37,191 53%
Republican Neil N. McLean 32,567 47%
Total votes 69,758 100%
Democratic win (new seat)

1916[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1916[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward Keating (incumbent) 40,183 54%
Republican George E. McClelland 31,137 42%
Socialist David McGrew 2,492 3%
Progressive William G. Francis 443 1%
Total votes 74,255 100%
Democratic hold

1918[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1918[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Guy U. Hardy 31,715 51%
Democratic Edward Keating (incumbent) 29,075 47%
Socialist Edith Halcomb 1,453 2%
Total votes 62,243 100%
Republican gain from Democratic

1920[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1920[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Guy U. Hardy (incumbent) 43,426 58%
Democratic Samuel J. Burris 31,896 42%
Total votes 75,322 100%
Republican hold

1922[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1922[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Guy U. Hardy (incumbent) 43,508 52%
Democratic Chester B. Horn 39,500 48%
Total votes 83,008 100%
Republican hold

1924[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1924[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Guy U. Hardy (incumbent) 53,877 59%
Democratic Charles B. Hughes 37,976 41%
Total votes 91,853 100%
Republican hold

1926[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1926[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Guy U. Hardy (incumbent) 46,916 54%
Democratic Edmond I. Crockett 40,009 46%
Total votes 86,925 100%
Republican hold

1928[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1928[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Guy U. Hardy (incumbent) 64,116 65%
Democratic Harry A. McIntyre 34,670 35%
Total votes 98,786 100%
Republican hold

1930[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1930[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Guy U. Hardy (incumbent) 55,170 61%
Democratic Guy M. Weybright 35,744 39%
Total votes 90,914 100%
Democratic hold

1932[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1932[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Andrew Martin 59,882 51%
Republican Guy U. Hardy (incumbent) 57,793 49%
Total votes 117,675 100%
Democratic gain from Republican

1934[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1934[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Andrew Martin (incumbent) 73,281 64%
Republican W.O. Peterson 39,753 35%
Socialist Joseph T. Landis 1,199 1%
Total votes 114,233 100%
Democratic hold

1936[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1936[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Andrew Martin (incumbent) 74,013 60%
Republican J. Arthur Phelps 48,871 40%
Total votes 122,884 100%
Democratic hold

1938[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1938[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Andrew Martin (incumbent) 72,736 57%
Republican Henry Leonard 54,007 43%
Total votes 126,743 100%
Democratic hold

1940 (Special)[edit]

Colorado's 3rd congressional district special election, 1940[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William E. Burney 68,225 51%
Republican Henry Leonard 65,675 49%
Total votes 133,900 100%
Democratic hold

1940[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1940[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth 70,842 52%
Democratic Byron G. Rogers 65,269 48%
Total votes 136,111 100%
Republican gain from Democratic

1942[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1942[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 55,838 63%
Democratic J.C. Jarrett 33,154 37%
Total votes 88,992 100%
Republican hold

1944[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1944[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 69,492 56%
Democratic Arthur M. Winnell 53,904 44%
Total votes 123,396 100%
Republican hold

1946[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1946[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 45,043 55%
Democratic Walter Walford Johnson 37,496 45%
Total votes 82,539 100%
Republican hold

1948[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1948[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John H. Marsalis 65,114 51%
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 63,312 49%
Total votes 128,426 100%
Democratic gain from Republican

1950[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1950[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth 58,831 52%
Democratic John H. Marsalis (incumbent) 55,110 48%
Total votes 113,941 100%
Republican gain from Democratic

1952[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1952[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 84,739 58%
Democratic John H. Marsalis 62,025 42%
Total votes 146,764 100%
Republican hold

1954[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1954[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 62,884 53%
Democratic Alva B. Adams, Jr. 55,750 47%
Total votes 118,634 100%
Republican hold

1956[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1956[25]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 74,196 50%
Democratic Alva B. Adams, Jr. 73,501 50%
Total votes 147,697 100%
Republican hold

1958[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1958[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 63,655 50%
Democratic Fred M. Betz 63,112 50%
Total votes 126,767 100%
Republican hold

1960[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1960[27]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 85,825 52%
Democratic Franklin R. Stewart 79,069 48%
Total votes 164,894 100%
Republican hold

1962[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1962[28]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 74,848 55%
Democratic Albert "Al" Tomsic 62,097 45%
Total votes 136,945 100%
Republican hold

1964[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1964[29]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Frank Evans 85,404 51%
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 81,544 49%
Total votes 166,948 100%
Democratic gain from Republican

1966[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1966[30]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Frank Evans (incumbent) 76,270 52%
Republican David W. Enoch 71,213 48%
Total votes 147,483 100%
Democratic hold

1968[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1968[31]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Frank Evans (incumbent) 88,368 52%
Republican Paul Bradley 81,163 48%
Total votes 169,531 100%
Democratic hold

1970[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1970[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Frank Evans (incumbent) 87,000 64%
Republican John "Jack" Mitchell, Jr. 45,610 33%
Raza Unida Martin P. Serna 1,828 1%
Peace Independent Walter Cranson 1,598 1%
American Independent Henry John Olshaw 652 1%
Total votes 136,688 100%
Democratic hold

1972[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1972[33]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Frank Evans (incumbent) 107,511 66%
Republican Chuck Brady 54,556 34%
Total votes 162,067 100%
Democratic hold

1974[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1974[34]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Frank Evans (incumbent) 91,783 68%
Republican E. Keith Records 43,298 32%
Total votes 135,081 100%
Democratic hold

1976[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1976[35]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Frank Evans (incumbent) 89,302 51%
Republican Melvin Takaki 82,315 47%
Raza Unida Alfredo Archer 2,429 1%
American Independent Henry John Olshaw 1,186 1%
Total votes 175,232 100%
Democratic hold

1978[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1978[36]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Raymond P. Kogovsek 69,669 49%
Republican Harold L. McCormick 69,303 49%
American Independent Henry John Olshaw 2,475 2%
Total votes 141,447 100%
Democratic hold

1980[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1980[37]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Raymond P. Kogovsek (incumbent) 105,820 55%
Republican Harold L. McCormick 84,292 44%
Libertarian James S. Glennie 2,670 1%
Total votes 192,782 100%
Democratic hold

1982[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1982[38]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Raymond P. Kogovsek (incumbent) 92,384 53%
Republican Tom Wiena 77,409 45%
Libertarian Paul "Stormy" Mohn 2,439 1%
Independent Henry John Olshaw 656 1%
Total votes 172,888 100%
Democratic hold

1984[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1984[39]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael L. Strang 122,669 57%
Democratic W. Mitchell 90,963 42%
Libertarian Robert Jahelka 1,358 0.5%
Independent Henry John Olshaw 880 0.5%
Total votes 215,870 100%
Republican gain from Democratic

1986[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1986[40]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben Nighthorse Campbell 95,353 52%
Republican Michael L. Strang (incumbent) 88,508 48%
Total votes 183,861 100%
Democratic gain from Republican

1988[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1988[41]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben Nighthorse Campbell (incumbent) 169,284 78%
Republican Jim Zartman 47,625 22%
Total votes 216,909 100%
Democratic hold

1990[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1990[42]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben Nighthorse Campbell (incumbent) 124,487 70%
Republican Bob Ellis 49,961 28%
Populist ('84-'96) Howard E. Fields 2,859 2%
Total votes 177,307 100%
Democratic hold

1992[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1992[43]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott McInnis 143,293 55%
Democratic Mike Callihan 114,480 44%
Populist ('84-'96) Ki R. Nelson 4,189 1%
Total votes 261,962 100%
Republican gain from Democratic

1994[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1994[44]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott McInnis (incumbent) 145,365 70%
Democratic Linda Powers 63,427 30%
Total votes 208,792 100%
Republican hold

1996[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1996[45]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott McInnis (incumbent) 183,523 69%
Democratic Albert Gurule 82,953 31%
Total votes 266,476 100%
Republican hold

1998[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1998[46]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott McInnis (incumbent) 156,501 66%
Democratic Robert Reed Kelley 74,479 32%
Libertarian Barry Baggert 5,673 2%
Total votes 236,653 100%
Republican hold

2000[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2000[47]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott McInnis (incumbent) 199,204 66%
Democratic Curtis Imrie 87,921 29%
Libertarian Drew Sakson 9,982 3%
Reform Victor A. Good 5,433 2%
Total votes 302,540 100%
Republican hold

2002[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2002[48]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott McInnis (incumbent) 143,433 66%
Democratic Dennis Berckefeldt 68,160 31%
Libertarian J. Brent Shroyer 4,370 2%
Natural Law Gary W. Swing 1,903 0.5%
Write-in Jason Alessio 106 0.05
Total votes 217,972 100%
Republican hold

2004[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2004[49]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Salazar 153,500 51%
Republican Greg Walcher 141,376 47%
Unaffiliated Jim Krug 8,770 2%
Total votes 303,646 100%
Democratic gain from Republican

2006[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[50]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Salazar (incumbent) 146,488 62%
Republican Scott Tipton 86,930 37%
Libertarian Bert L. Sargent 4,417 0.5%
Green Bruce E. Lohmiller (as a write-in) 23 0.5%
Total votes 237,858 100%
Democratic hold

2008[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2008[51]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Salazar (incumbent) 203,457 62%
Republican Wayne Wolf 126,762 38%
Total votes 330,219 100%
Democratic hold

2010[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2010[52]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott Tipton 129,257 50%
Democratic John Salazar (incumbent) 118,048 46%
Libertarian Gregory Gilman 5,678 2%
Independent Jake Segrest 4,982 2%
Write-in John W. Hargis, Sr. 23 0.00
Write-in Jim Fritz 11 0.00
Total votes 257,999 100%
Republican gain from Democratic

2012[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2012[53]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott Tipton (incumbent) 185,291 53%
Democratic Sal Pace 142,619 41%
Independent Tisha Casida 11,125 3%
Libertarian Gregory Gilman 4,982 3%
Total votes 347,247 100%
Republican hold

2014[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2014[54]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott Tipton (incumbent) 163,011 58%
Democratic Abel Tapia 100,364 36%
Independent Tisha Casida 11,294 4%
Libertarian Travis Mero 6,472 2%
Total votes 281,143 100%
Republican hold

Living former Members[edit]

As of May 2015, there are four former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado's 3rd congressional district who are currently living at this time.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Raymond P. Kogovsek 1979–1985 (1941-08-19) August 19, 1941 (age 75)
Ben Nighthorse Campbell 1987–1993 (1933-04-13) April 13, 1933 (age 83)
Scott McInnis 1993–2005 (1953-05-09) May 9, 1953 (age 63)
John Salazar 2005–2011 (1953-07-21) July 21, 1953 (age 63)

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 38°44′36″N 107°20′42″W / 38.74333°N 107.34500°W / 38.74333; -107.34500