Florida's 10th congressional district

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Florida's 10th congressional district
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Florida's 10th congressional district - since January 3, 2017
Current Representative Val Demings (DOrlando)
Area 516[1] sq mi (1,340 km2)
  • 98.67[2]% urban
  • 1.33% rural
Population (2016) 791,447[3]
Cook PVI D+11[4]

Florida's 10th congressional district is an electoral district for the U.S. Congress and was reassigned in 2012, effective January 2013, from the Gulf coast to inland central Florida. Before 2017, The district included parts of western Orange County, most of Lake County, as well as a northern section of Polk County. The current district is inside of Orange County. It is situated in Central Florida, along the I-4 corridor. Cities and towns that are encompassed by the 10th district include parts of Orlando, Apopka, Eatonville, Ocoee, Winter Garden and Windermere.[5][6] The district contains popular Orlando attractions like Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld Orlando.

It is currently represented by Democrat Val Demings. Due to redistricting after the 2010 census, this district was re-numbered, and slightly reconfigured from the former 8th District. Prior to 2017, it was considered a swing district, with a slight Republican-leaning advantage. After redistricting, the seat is considered to be a solid Democratic seat.

The former 10th district, during 2003–2012, covered areas further west and encompassed much of Pinellas County, on the Gulf coast of central Florida.

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years Notes
District created January 3, 1963
Sam Melville Gibbons.jpg Sam Gibbons Democratic January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1967 Redistricted to the 6th district
J. Herbert Burke.jpg J. Herbert Burke Republican January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1973 Redistricted to the 12th district
Louis A. Bafalis.jpg Louis A. Bafalis Republican January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1983
Andy Ireland.jpg Andy Ireland Democratic January 3, 1983 – July 15, 1984 Redistricted from the 8th district; changed parties
Republican July 15, 1984 – January 3, 1993
CW Bill Young Portrait.jpg Bill Young Republican January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2013 Redistricted from the 8th district, Redistricted to the 13th district
Daniel Webster, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Dan Webster Republican January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2017 Redistricted from the 8th district
Redistricted to the 11th district
US Rep Val Demings.jpg Val Demings Democratic January 3, 2017 – present Incumbent


Republican Daniel Webster has represented the district since being elected in 2012. He previously represented the 8th district from 2011 to 2013, prior to the decennial redistricting. However, after redistricting made the 10th substantially more Democratic, Webster opted to run in the neighboring 11th District, which included a slice of his former territory.[7]

Republican primary[edit]


Geoff LaGarde[8] withdrew his name from the race on June 24, and endorsed Thuy Lowe for the nomination. Lowe was declared the nominee, and no Republican primary was held.[9]

Democratic primary[edit]

Val Demings, former Orlando Police Chief and nominee for the 10th congressional district in 2012, was declared the winner of the Democratic primary for the 10th District on August 30, 2016.[10]




Primary Election [15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Val Demings 23,260 57.12
Democratic Geraldine F. Thompson 8,192 20.12
Democratic Bob Poe 6,918 16.99
Democratic Fatima Rita Fahmy 2,349 5.77
Total votes 40,719 100

General election[edit]


Florida’s 10th congressional district election, 2016 [16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Val Demings 198,491 64.87
Republican Thuy Lowe 107,498 35.13
Total votes 305,989 100
Democratic gain from Republican


Republican incumbent Daniel Webster is running for re-election. His Democratic opponent from 2012, Val Demings, pulled out of a possible re-match to run for Orange County Mayor instead.[17] Ultimately, she pulled out of that race as well.[18] Webster was unopposed in the Republican primary.

On the Democratic side, three candidates faced off in the August 26 primary. The candidates includes former Eustis City Commissioner William Ferree,[19] civil rights lawyer and Trayvon Martin family attorney Shayan Modarres, and former Navy Chief Petty Officer Mike McKenna. McKenna, a Walt Disney World security officer (49.9%) won the Democratic primary, and faced Webster in the November general election.[20] McKenna spent only $5,000 on his primary campaign, a fraction of his two opponents.[21]

On July 11, 2014, Florida Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ruled that this district, along with the neighboring minority-access District 5, was drawn to favor Republicans.[22] On August 1, Judge Lewis gave Florida's state legislature an Aug. 15 deadline to submit new congressional maps for those two districts.[23]

In the general election, Webster was a decided favorite, and ran only a few television ads. With very little money in his campaign funds, McKenna ran no ads, instead counting on a grass-roots, "door-to-door" campaign.[24] Webster easily cruised to reelection by a margin of 62% to 38%.[25]


Due to redistricting, the 8th district was renumbered to become the 10th district. Freshman Republican Daniel Webster sought re-election, and despite the renumbering of the district, would be considered the election's incumbent.

Val Demings, a former Chief of the Orlando Police Department and wife of the Orange County Sheriff, entered the race and won the Democratic nomination.[26] Democrat Alan Grayson, who represented the district from 2009 until 2011, was rumored to be interested in jumping into the mix. However, he ultimately did not enter the race, and instead ran for the open seat of the new 9th district.[27]

On election day, Webster won a fairly narrow 3.4% victory over Demmings to secure re-election. Webster slightly underperformed in the district compared to the top of the ticket, where presidential candidate Mitt Romney received 53.4% of the vote.

Florida 10th Congressional District 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Daniel Webster (Incumbent) 164,649 51.7
Democratic Val Demings 153,574 48.3
Write-In Naipaul Seegolam 46 0.0
Total votes 318,269 100.0


Bill Young won re-election over Charlie Justice with 65.9% of the vote.


Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Party Bill Young 182,781 60.7%
Democratic Party Bob Hackworth 118,460 39.3%
Republican hold


Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Party Bill Young 131,301 66%
Democratic Party Samm Simpson 67,285 34%
Republican hold


Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Party Bill Young 207,052 69.3%
Democratic Party Bob D. Derry 91,568 30.7%
Republican hold


Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Party Bill Young Unopposed 100%
Republican hold


Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Party Bill Young 146,799 75.7%
Natural Law Josette Green 26,908 13.9%
Independent Randy Heine 20,296 10.5%
Republican hold


Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Party Bill Young Unopposed 100%
Republican hold


Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Party Bill Young 114,443 66.6%
Democratic Party Henry Green 57,375 33.4%
Republican hold


Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Party Bill Young Unopposed 100%
Republican hold


Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Party Bill Young 149,606 56.6%
Democratic Party Karen Moffitt 114,809 43.4%
Republican hold

Presidential election results[edit]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Gore 51–49%
2004 President Bush 51-49%
2008 President Obama 51-47%
2012 President Obama 60.7-38.4%
2016 President Clinton 61.8–34.9%



Living former representatives[edit]

As of January 2017, there are three former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 10th congressional district who are currently living at this time. The most recent representative to die was Bill Young (1993-2013) on October 18, 2013

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Louis A. Bafalis 1973–1983 (1930-08-23) August 23, 1930 (age 87)
Andy Ireland 1983–1993 (1929-09-28) September 28, 1929 (age 88)
Daniel Webster 2013–2017 (1949-04-27) April 27, 1949 (age 69)

Historical district boundaries[edit]


  1. ^ "Congressional Plan--SC14-1905 (Ordered by The Florida Supreme Court, 2-December-2015)" (PDF). Florida Senate Committee on Reapportionment. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  2. ^ https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/cd_state.html
  3. ^ Bureau, Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov. 
  4. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  5. ^ See whole Florida state map for 2013, with the 10th district covering Lake County, west Orange and north Polk County: h9047_35x42L.pdf Congressional Plan: H000C9047. Chapter No. 2012-2, Laws of Florida. www.flsenate.gov. February 16, 2012.
  6. ^ See 2013 borders of 10th district in Lake County plus north Polk and western Orange County in the 2013 districts map: H000C9047_map_ec.pdf, for the Eastern Central region of Florida. Congressional Plan: H000C9047. Chapter No. 2012-2, Laws of Florida. www.flsenate.gov. February 2012.
  7. ^ Dan DeWitt (2016-02-22). "U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster will challenge for District 11 congressional seat | Tampa Bay Times". Tampabay.com. Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  8. ^ Powers, Scott (May 18, 2016). "Republican Geoff LaGarde Enters CD 10 Race". Florida Politics. Retrieved May 20, 2016. 
  9. ^ Powers, Scott (June 24, 2016). "CD 10 primary with four Democrats; Thuy Lowe wins GOP nod". FloridaPolitics.com. Retrieved August 30, 2016. 
  10. ^ Powers, Scott (August 17, 2015). "Val Demings to run for Congress". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  11. ^ Powers, Scott (August 17, 2015). "Val Demings to run for Congress". =Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  12. ^ Powers, Scott (October 30, 2015). "Fahmy enters Democrats' CD10 congressional race". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  13. ^ Powers, Scott (January 7, 2016). "Bob Poe Announces Congressional Run in Orlando's CD 10". Florida Politics. Retrieved January 7, 2016. 
  14. ^ Powers, Scott (October 12, 2015). "Geraldine Thompson: I'm in! for 10th Congressional District race". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved October 12, 2015. 
  15. ^ "August 30, 2016 Primary Election Official Results". Florida Division of Elections. August 30, 2016. Retrieved November 17, 2016. 
  16. ^ "2016 General Election November 8, 2016 Official Results". Florida Division of Elections. November 8, 2016. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 
  17. ^ Gonzales, Nathan (January 24, 2014). "Ratings Change: Florida's 10th District". RollCall.com. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  18. ^ Damron, David (May 20, 2014). "Val Demings drops out of Orange County mayor race". The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  19. ^ Phil Ammann (January 21, 2014). "U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster draws another Dem challenger". Saint Peters Blog. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  20. ^ Powers, Scott (August 26, 2014). "Mica, Grayson easily defeat primary challengers". The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  21. ^ Bower, Matt (September 9, 2014). "Warwick native wins primary for Florida's 10th Congressional District". Warwick Beacon. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  22. ^ Taylor, Jessica (10 July 2014). "Judge strikes down GOP-drawn Florida congressional lines". thehill.com. 
  23. ^ Cotterell, Bill (5 August 2014). "Florida elections face uncertainty as congressional maps redrawn". Thomson Reuters. Reuters. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  24. ^ Powers, Scott (October 20, 2014). "Race pits Webster's experience vs. McKenna's energy". The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  25. ^ Crate, Paul (November 5, 2014). "U.S. Congress District 10: Rep. Daniel Webster Is Easily Returned To Office". The ledger. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  26. ^ Cook, Kelli (July 13, 2011). "Val Demings announces run for Congress vs. Webster". Central Florida News 13. Central Florida. Bright House Networks. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  27. ^ Madison, Lucy (July 12, 2011). "Alan Grayson running for Congress again". CBS News. Retrieved July 12, 2011. 

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