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.
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. The 1st District had long been reckoned as "the Boise district," as it historically covered most of Boise. However, a significant 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.
Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Idaho's 2nd congressional district
As of November 2017[update], 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 (served 1969–1975) on November 2, 2017. The most recently serving representative to die was George V. Hansen (served 1965–1969, 1975–1985) on August 14, 2014.