Idaho's 2nd congressional district

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Idaho's 2nd congressional district
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Idaho's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
U.S. Representative
  Mike Simpson
RIdaho Falls
Distribution
  • 67.03% urban
  • 32.97% rural
Population (2000)645,149
Median income$51,307[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+17[2]

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.[3]

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.[3] 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.[3]

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.

Recent results in presidential elections[edit]

Year Office Results
2000 President George W. Bush 67% - Al Gore 28%
2004 President George W. Bush 69% - John Kerry 30%
2008 President John McCain 60.5% - Barack Obama 37.1%
2012 President Mitt Romney 64.1% - Barack Obama 33.1%
2016 President Donald Trump 54.5% - Hillary Clinton 29.8%

List of members representing the district[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1919
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Addison Smith
Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1933
Redistricted from the at-large seat
Lost re-election.
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Thomas Coffin
Democratic March 4, 1933 –
June 8, 1934
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant June 6, 1934 –
January 3, 1935
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D. Worth Clark
Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1939
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
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Henry Dworshak
Republican January 3, 1939 –
November 5, 1946
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned when elected to U.S. Senate.
Vacant November 5, 1946 –
January 3, 1947
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John Sanborn
Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1951
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
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Hamer Budge
Republican January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1961
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
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Ralph Harding
Democratic January 3, 1961 –
January 3, 1965
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
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George Hansen
Republican January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1969
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
Orval H. Hansen.jpg
Orval Hansen
Republican January 3, 1969 –
January 3, 1975
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
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George Hansen
Republican January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1985
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
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Richard Stallings
Democratic January 3, 1985 –
January 3, 1993
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
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Mike Crapo
Republican January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1999
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
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Mike Simpson
Republican January 3, 1999 –
present
Elected in 1998.

Recent election results[edit]

2002[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
Turnout  
Republican hold

2004[edit]

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
Turnout  
Republican hold

2006[edit]

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
Turnout  
Republican hold

2008[edit]

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
Turnout  
Republican hold

2010[edit]

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
Turnout  
Republican hold

2012[edit]

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
Turnout  
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 (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.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Richard Stallings 1985–1993 (1940-10-07) October 7, 1940 (age 78)
Mike Crapo 1993–1999 (1951-05-20) May 20, 1951 (age 67)

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=16&cd=02
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ 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