Colorado's 7th congressional district

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Colorado's 7th congressional district
Colorado US Congressional District 7 (since 2013).tif
Colorado's 7th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Ed Perlmutter (DGolden)
Cook PVI D+6[1]

Colorado's 7th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Colorado. Located in the central part of the state, the district encompasses much of the northern and western parts of the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area, including Golden, Lakewood, Arvada and Westminster.

The district is currently represented by Democrat Ed Perlmutter. While the district was originally split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, the district was shifted to the more populated areas of Jefferson County, giving the district a slight Democratic lean.

History[edit]

2000s[edit]

The 7th Congressional District was created following the 2000 U.S. Census and associated realignment and reapportionment of Colorado congressional districts. It consists of portions of Adams, Arapahoe, and Jefferson counties. The boundaries were drawn by a court after the state legislature failed to agree on a redistricting plan.[citation needed]

Characteristics[edit]

As originally drawn, the 7th was a "fair fight" district that was not considered safe for either party. The seat's original congressman, Republican Bob Beauprez, gave up the seat in 2006 to run for governor, and was succeeded by Democrat Ed Perlmutter. Since then, the district has trended increasingly Democratic, allowing Perlmutter to strengthen his hold on the seat.

Voting[edit]

Election results from presidential races[2]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2004 President Kerry 51 - 48%
2008 President Obama 59 - 40%
2012 President Obama 56 - 41%
2016 President Clinton 51 – 39%

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years District Home Electoral history
District created January 3, 2003
Beauprez.jpg Bob Beauprez Republican January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2007
Arvada First elected in 2002

Retired to run for Governor of Colorado
Ed Perlmutter, official 110th Congress photo.jpg Ed Perlmutter Democratic January 3, 2007 –
present
Golden First elected in 2006

Election results[edit]

20022004200620082010201220142016

2002[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2002[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Beauprez 81,789 47%
Democratic Mike Feeley 81,668 47%
Green Dave Chandler 3,274 2%
Reform Victor Good 3,133 2%
Libertarian G. T. "Bud" Martin 2,906 2%
Independent Stanford Andress (as a write-in) 109 0%
Total votes 172,879 100%
Republican win (new seat)

2004[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2004[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Beauprez (incumbent) 135,571 55%
Democratic Dave Thomas 106,026 43%
Constitution Clyde J. Harkins 6,167 2%
Total votes 247,764 100%
Republican hold

2006[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Perlmutter 103,918 55%
Republican Rick O'Donnell 79,571 42%
Green Dave Chandler 3,073 2%
Constitution Roger McCarville 2,605 1%
Total votes 189,172 100%
Democratic gain from Republican

2008[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2008[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Perlmutter (incumbent) 173,931 63%
Republican John W. Lerew 100,055 37%
Total votes 273,986 100%
Democratic hold

2010[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2010[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Perlmutter (incumbent) 112,667 53%
Republican Ryan Frazier 88,026 42%
Libertarian Buck Bailey 10,117 5%
Total votes 210,810 100%
Democratic hold

2012[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2012[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Perlmutter (incumbent) 182,460 54%
Republican Joe Coors, Jr. 139,066 41%
Libertarian Buck Bailey 9,148 3%
Constitution Douglas Campbell 10,296 2%
Total votes 340,970 100%
Democratic hold

2014[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2014[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Perlmutter (incumbent) 148,225 55%
Republican Don Ytterberg 120,918 45%
Total votes 269,143 100%
Democratic hold

2016[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2016[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Perlmutter (incumbent) 199,758 55.18%
Republican George Athanasopoulos 144,066 39.80%
Libertarian Martin L. Buchanan 18,186 5.02%
Total votes 362,010 100%
Democratic hold

Living former Members[edit]

As of May 2016, there is one surviving former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado's 7th congressional district.

Representative Term in office Date of birth (and age)
Bob Beauprez 2003–2007 (1948-09-22) September 22, 1948 (age 68)

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ Presidential Election Results, by district, swingstateproject.com
  3. ^ 2002 Election Results
  4. ^ 2004 Election Results
  5. ^ 2006 Election Results
  6. ^ 2008 Election Results
  7. ^ 2010 Election Results
  8. ^ 2012 Election Results
  9. ^ 2014 Election Results
  10. ^ 2016 Election Results
  11. ^ "The national atlas". nationalatlas.gov. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 

Coordinates: 39°49′34″N 105°02′32″W / 39.82611°N 105.04222°W / 39.82611; -105.04222