Kentucky's 1st congressional district

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Kentucky's 1st congressional district
Kentucky US Congressional District 1 (since 2013).tif
Kentucky's 1st congressional district - since January 3, 2013.d
U.S. RepresentativeJames Comer (RTompkinsville)
Distribution
  • 36.88[1]% urban
  • 63.12% rural
Population (2016)717,739[2]
Median income$40,253
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+23[3]
Sign in front of the McCracken, Kentucky Courthouse (in Paducah, Kentucky) commemorating early members of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Jackson Purchase (U.S. historical region). The "First District" in the title actually changed over time. It refers to the Jackson Purchase, which was in the 5th district from 1819 to 1823, the 12th district until 1833, and then the 1st district until the end of the sign's lineage in 1855.

Kentucky's 1st congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Kentucky. Located in Western Kentucky, the district takes in Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Paducah, and the college town of Murray.

The district is represented by Republican James Comer who won a special election to fill the seat of Rep. Ed Whitfield who resigned September 2016. Comer also won election to the regular term to begin January 3, 2017.

Characteristics[edit]

Although Democrats have an almost 2-to-1 edge in registration and still hold most local offices in the district, they tend to be very conservative on social issues, a trend which favors Republicans at the federal level.

As of September 2013, there were 505,870 registered voters: 302,406 (59.77%) Democrats, 174,137 (34.42%) Republicans, and 29,327 (5.80%) "Others". All of the "Others" included 21,711 (4.29%) unclassified Others, 7,011 (1.39%) Independents, 419 (0.08%) Libertarians, 93 (0.02%) Greens, 65 (0.01%) Constitutionalists, 19 (0.0038%) Reforms, and 9 (0.0018%) Socialist Workers.[4][5]

Until January 1, 2006, Kentucky did not track party affiliation for registered voters who were neither Democratic nor Republican.[6] The Kentucky voter registration card does not explicitly list anything other than Democratic Party, Republican Party, or Other, with the "Other" option having a blank line and no instructions on how to register as something else.[7]

Kentucky counties within the 1st Congressional District: Adair, Allen, Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Casey, Christian, Clinton, Crittenden, Cumberland, Fulton, Graves, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, Marion | McCracken, McLean, Metcalfe, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Russell, Simpson, Taylor, Todd, Trigg, Union, Webster

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Service Electoral history
Christopher Greenup.jpg Christopher Greenup Anti-Administration November 9, 1792 –
March 3, 1795
[Data unknown/missing.]
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1797
No image.svg Thomas T. Davis Democratic-Republican March 4, 1797 –
March 3, 1803
[Data unknown/missing.]
Matthew Lyon (Vermont Congressman) 2.jpg Matthew Lyon Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1811
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg Anthony New Democratic-Republican March 4, 1811 –
March 3, 1813
[Data unknown/missing.]
JClark.jpg James Clark Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 –
August 1816
Elected in 1812.
Re-elected in 1814.
Leave of absence April 8, 1816.

Resigned prior to August 1816.
Vacant August 1816 –
December 2, 1816
No image.svg Thomas Fletcher Democratic-Republican December 2, 1816 –
March 3, 1817
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg David Trimble Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1823
[Data unknown/missing.]
Adams-Clay Democratic-Republican March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
Adams March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1827
No image.svg Henry Daniel Jacksonian March 4, 1827 –
March 3, 1833
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg Chittenden Lyon Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1835
Redistricted from the 12th district.
LinnBoyd.jpg Linn Boyd Jacksonian March 4, 1835 –
March 3, 1837
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg John L. Murray Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
[Data unknown/missing.]
LinnBoyd.jpg Linn Boyd Democratic March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1855
[Data unknown/missing.]
Henry Cornelius Burnett - Brady-Handy.jpg Henry C. Burnett Democratic March 4, 1855 –
December 3, 1861
Expelled.
No image.svg Samuel L. Casey Unionist March 10, 1862 –
March 3, 1863
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lucien Anderson (Kentucky Congressman).jpg Lucien Anderson Unconditional Unionist March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1865
[Data unknown/missing.]
LawrenceSTrimble.jpg Lawrence S. Trimble Democratic March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1871
[Data unknown/missing.]
Edward Crossland (Kentucky Congressman).jpg Edward Crossland Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1875
[Data unknown/missing.]
AndrewBoone.jpg Andrew Boone Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1879
[Data unknown/missing.]
Oscar Turner cropped.jpg Oscar Turner Independent Democrat March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1881
[Data unknown/missing.]
Democratic March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1883
Independent Democrat March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
William-J.-Stone.jpg William J. Stone Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1895
[Data unknown/missing.]
John-Hendrick.jpg John K. Hendrick Democratic March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1897
[Data unknown/missing.]
Charles-K.-Wheeler-1899.jpg Charles K. Wheeler Democratic March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1903
[Data unknown/missing.]
Ollie Murray James, senator from Kentucky.jpg Ollie M. James Democratic March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1913
Retired to run for U.S. Senate.
Alben Barkley, photo portrait upper body, 1913.jpg Alben W. Barkley Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1927
Retired to run for U.S. Senate.
William Voris Gregory (Kentucky Congressman).jpg William V. Gregory Democratic March 4, 1927 –
March 3, 1933
Redistricted to the At-large district.
District redistricted to At-large district March 4, 1933.
District re-established January 3, 1935 from At-large district.
William Voris Gregory (Kentucky Congressman).jpg William V. Gregory Democratic March 4, 1935 –
October 10, 1936
Redistricted from the At-large district

Died.
Vacant October 10, 1936 –
January 3, 1937
Noble J. Gregory (Kentucky Congressman).jpg Noble J. Gregory Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1959
Lost renomination.
Frank Stubblefield.jpg Frank Stubblefield Democratic January 3, 1959 –
December 31, 1974
Lost renomination.

Resigned.
Vacant December 31, 1974 –
January 3, 1975
Carroll Hubbard.png Carroll Hubbard Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1993
Lost renomination.
Thomas J. Barlow.jpg Tom Barlow Democratic January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1995
Lost re-election.
Edwhitfield.jpg Ed Whitfield Republican January 3, 1995 –
September 6, 2016
Retired and then resigned early.
Vacant September 6, 2016 –
November 8, 2016
James Comer official congressional photo.jpg James Comer Republican November 8, 2016 –
Present
Elected to finish Whitfield's term.
Also elected in 2016 to the next term.

Recent election results[edit]

2002[edit]

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Whitfield* 117,600 65.26
Democratic Klint Alexander 62,617 34.74
Total votes 180,217 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2004[edit]

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Whitfield* 175,972 67.37
Democratic Billy Cartwright 85,229 32.63
Total votes 261,201 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2006[edit]

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Whitfield* 123,618 59.58
Democratic Tom Barlow 83,865 40.42
Total votes 207,483 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2008[edit]

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Whitfield* 178,107 64.35
Democratic Heather Ryan 98,674 35.65
Total votes 276,781 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2010[edit]

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Whitfield* 153,519 71.25
Democratic Charles K. Hatchett 61,690 28.75
Total votes 215,209 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2012[edit]

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Whitfield* 199,956 69.63
Democratic Charles K. Hatchett 87,199 30.37
Total votes 287,155 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky's 1st congressional district[edit]

As of June 2017, two former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky's 1st congressional district are alive. The most recent representative to die was Thomas Barlow (1993–1995) on January 31, 2017.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Carroll Hubbard 1975–1993 (1937-07-07) July 7, 1937 (age 81)
Ed Whitfield 1995–2016 (1943-05-25) May 25, 1943 (age 75)

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geography, US Census Bureau. "Congressional Districts Relationship Files (state-based)". www.census.gov.
  2. ^ Bureau, Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov.
  3. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  4. ^ "Registration Statistics: By Congression District". Kentucky State Board of Elections. September 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  5. ^ "Registration Statistics: Other Political Organizations and Groups". Kentucky State Board of Elections. September 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  6. ^ "Kentucky Administrative Regulations 31KAR4:150". Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. November 2005. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  7. ^ "Register To Vote". Kentucky State Board of Elections. August 2003. Retrieved February 6, 2014.

Coordinates: 37°05′05″N 87°11′06″W / 37.08472°N 87.18500°W / 37.08472; -87.18500