Idaho's 2nd congressional district

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Idaho's 2nd congressional district
Idaho US Congressional District 2 (since 2013).tif
Idaho's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Mike Simpson (RIdaho Falls)
  • 67.03% urban
  • 32.97% rural
Population (2000) 645,149
Median income 46,943
Cook PVI R+17[1]

Idaho's 2nd congressional district is one of two congressional districts in the U.S. state of Idaho, in the eastern portion of the state. Beginning with the 2012 election, the district expanded westward and now includes most of Boise, the state capital and largest city.[2]

After statehood in 1890, Idaho had a single seat in Congress through the 1910 election, a statewide at-large seat. Following the 1910 census, Idaho gained its second seat in the House; it was first contested in 1912, but the state did not immediately apportion into two districts. Through the 1916 election, both were statewide at-large seats. The first election in Idaho with two congressional districts was in 1918.

Following the 2010 census and redistricting, the 2nd district was pushed slightly to the west, picking up much of northeast Ada County, including most of Boise. It now covers all of the capital north of Interstate 84.[2] The 1st District had long been reckoned as "the Boise district," as it historically covered most of Boise. However, asignificant increase in population directly west of Boise over the previous decade, in western Ada County and Canyon County, resulted in the 1st losing most of its share of the capital. The 1st continues to serve most of Boise's suburbs; in Ada County itself, it continues to include Meridian, Eagle, and west Boise south of Interstate 84.[2]

Other major cities in the 2nd district include Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls, Rexburg, Hailey and Sun Valley. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a strong presence in the district; a member of the LDS Church has represented this district continuously since 1951.

The district is currently represented by Mike Simpson, a Republican of Idaho Falls. A former dentist in Blackfoot, he was first elected in 1998; the seat opened when predecessor Mike Crapo successfully ran for the U.S. Senate.

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1919
Addison Taylor Smith.jpg   Addison Smith Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1933
Redistricted from the at-large seat
Lost re-election
Thomas C. Coffin (Idaho Congressman).jpg Thomas Coffin Democratic March 4, 1933 –
June 8, 1934
Vacant June 6, 1934 –
January 3, 1935
Dworthclark.jpg   D. Worth Clark Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1939
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Henry Dworshak.jpg   Henry Dworshak Republican January 3, 1939 –
November 5, 1946
Resigned when elected to U.S. Senate
Vacant November 5, 1946 –
January 3, 1947
John Sanborn (Idaho Congressman).jpg John Sanborn Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1951
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Hamer H. Budge.jpg   Hamer Budge Republican January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1961
Lost re-election
Ralph R. Harding.jpg   Ralph Harding Democratic January 3, 1961 –
January 3, 1965
Lost re-election
George V. Hansen.jpg   George Hansen Republican January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1969
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Orval H. Hansen.jpg   Orval Hansen Republican January 3, 1969 –
January 3, 1975
Lost Renomination
George V. Hansen.jpg   George Hansen Republican January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1985
Lost re-election
Richard H. Stallings.jpg   Richard Stallings Democratic January 3, 1985 –
January 3, 1993
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Mike Crapo, official 103rd Congress photo.png   Mike Crapo Republican January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1999
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Mike Simpson official portrait.jpg   Mike Simpson Republican January 3, 1999 –
First elected in 1998

Voting in presidential elections[edit]

Year Results Notes
2000 George W. Bush 65.96%
Al Gore 25.93%
The district contained nine of the 100 counties with the highest percentage of the Republican vote: Madison, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Cassia, Caribou, Clark, Oneida, and Bear Lake. George W. Bush registered between 90.7 percent and 81.6 percent of the vote in these largely rural counties.
2004 George W. Bush 68.64%
John Kerry 29.58%
In the first election following a redrawing of the district's boundaries, Bush received 69 percent of the vote.
2008 John McCain 60.00%
Barack Obama 35.66%
John McCain easily carried the district with 61 percent of the vote, although Barack Obama did manage to win two counties: Blaine County, the most Democratic county in the state which contains the Sun Valley ski resort, and Teton County, with bedroom communities of the Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee resort areas.
2012 Mitt Romney 64.14%
Barack Obama 33.06%
Mitt Romney easily carried the district with 64 percent of the vote. Romney carried all counties in the district except, Blaine which traditionally votes Democratic.

Recent election results[edit]


Idaho's 2nd Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Simpson (incumbent) 135,605 68.18
Democratic Edward Kinghorn 57,769 29.05
Libertarian Gregory Corron 5,508 2.77
Total votes 198,882 100.00
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Republican hold


Idaho's 2nd Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Simpson (incumbent) 193,704 70.74
Democratic Lin Whitworth 80,133 29.26
Total votes 273,837 100.00
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Republican hold


Idaho's 2nd Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Simpson (incumbent) 132,262 62.00
Democratic Jim D. Hansen 73,441 34.43
Independent Cameron Forth 5,113 2.40
Constitution Travis J. Hedrick 2,516 1.18
Total votes 213,332 100.00
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Republican hold


Idaho's 2nd Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Simpson (incumbent) 205,777 70.89
Democratic Debbie Holmes 83,878 28.90
No party Others 612 0.21%
Total votes 290,267 100.00
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Republican hold


Idaho's 2nd Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Simpson (incumbent) 137,468 68.83
Democratic Mike Crawford 48,749 24.41
Independent Brian Schad 13,500 6.76
Total votes 199,717 100.00
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Republican hold


Idaho's 2nd Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Simpson (incumbent) 207,412 65.10
Democratic Nicole LeFavour 110,847 34.80
No party Others 235 0.10%
Total votes 318,494 100.00
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Republican hold

Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Idaho's 2nd congressional district[edit]

As of November 2017, there are two former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Idaho's 2nd congressional district who are currently living at this time. The most recent representative to die was Orval H. Hansen (1969–1975) on November 2, 2017. The most recently serving representative to die was George V. Hansen (1965–1969, 1975–1985) on August 14, 2014.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Richard Stallings 1985–1993 (1940-10-07) October 7, 1940 (age 77)
Mike Crapo 1993–1999 (1951-05-20) May 20, 1951 (age 67)

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Adopted redistricting plans: Congressional plan". Idaho State Legislature. Redistricting Commission. October 17, 2011. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 

Coordinates: 43°N 113°W / 43°N 113°W / 43; -113