Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district

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Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district
Massachusetts US Congressional District 2 (since 2013).tif
Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Jim McGovern (DWorcester)
Ethnicity
Cook PVI D+9[1]

Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district is located in central Massachusetts. It contains the cities of Worcester, which is the second-largest city in New England after Boston, and Northampton in the Pioneer Valley. It is represented by Democrat Jim McGovern.

The shape of the district was changed for the elections of 2012, after Massachusetts congressional redistricting to reflect the 2010 census.[2] The new district covers central Massachusetts, including much of Worcester County, and is largely the successor to the old 3rd District. Most of the old 2nd district, including Springfield, has been moved into the new 1st district.

Locations[edit]

Cities and towns currently in the district[edit]

In Franklin County: Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Leverett, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell, and Whately.
In Hampden County: Precinct 1A in Palmer
In Hampshire County: Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley, Hatfield, Northampton, Pelham, and Ware.
In Norfolk County: Precincts 4A and 5 in Bellingham
In Worcester County: Athol, Auburn, Barre, Blackstone, Boylston, Douglas, Grafton, Hardwick, Holden, Hubbardston, Leicester, Leominster, Mendon, Millbury, Millville, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northborough, Northbridge, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Rutland, Shrewsbury, Spencer, Sterling, Sutton, Templeton, Upton, Uxbridge, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield, Westborough, Worcester, and Precinct 1 in Winchendon.

Cities and towns previously in the district[edit]

1795 to 1803[edit]

Known as the 2nd Western District.[3]

1803 to 1813[edit]

Known as the "Essex North" district.[3]

1813 to 1833[edit]

Known as the "Essex South" district.[3]

1843 to 1853[edit]

Detail of the district from 1843 to 1853.

The Act of September 16, 1842 established the district on the North Shore and New Hampshire border, with the following municipalities:[4]

In Essex County: Beverly, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Lynn, Lynnfield, Manchester, Marblehead, Middleton, Rockport, Salem, Saugus, Topsfield, and Wenham
In Middlesex County: Malden, Medford, Reading, South Reading, and Stoneham
In Suffolk County: Chelsea

1860s[edit]

"Parts of the counties of Bristol, Norfolk, and Plymouth."[5]

1870s-1900s[edit]

1903 to 1913[edit]

The district from 1903 to 1913.

During this decade, the district contained the following municipalities:[6]

In Franklin County: Erving, Leverett, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Warwick, and Wendell.
In Hampshire County: Amherst, Belchertown, Easthampton, Enfield, Granby, Hadley, Northampton, Pelham, Prescott, South Hadley, and Ware.
In Hampden County: Brimfield, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Holland, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, Springfield, Wales, and Wilbraham.
In Worcester County: Athol, Barre, Brookfield, Dana, Hardwick, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Oakham, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Warren, and West Brookfield.

1913 to 1923[edit]

During this decade, the district contained the following municipalities:[7]

In Franklin County: Bernardston, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Leverett, Montague, Northfield, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell, and Whately.
In Hampshire County: Amherst, Belchertown, Easthampton, Enfield, Granby, Hadley, Hatfield, Northampton, Pelham, South Hadley, Ware, and Williamsburg.
In Hampden County: Agawam, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Springfield, West Springfield, and Wilbraham.

1920s-2002[edit]

2003 to 2013[edit]

The district from 2003 to 2013

During this decade, the district contained the following municipalities:

In Hampden County: Agawam, Brimfield, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Holland, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, Springfield, Wales, Wilbraham.
In Hampshire County: Hadley, Northampton, South Hadley.
In Norfolk County: Bellingham.
In Worcester County: Blackstone, Brookfield, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Grafton, Hopedale, Leicester, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, North Brookfield, Northbridge, Oxford, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Warren, Webster.

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
Goodhue.jpg Benjamin Goodhue   Pro-
Administration
March 4, 1789 –
March 3, 1793
First elected on the second ballot January 29, 1789.
Re-elected October 4, 1790.
Redistricted to 1st district.
DFoster.jpg Dwight Foster   Pro-
Administration
General ticket:
March 4, 1793 –
March 3, 1795
Elected on the third ballot April 1, 1793 as part of the four-seat general ticket, representing the district at-large.

Redistricted to 4th district.
TheodoreSedgwick.jpg Theodore Sedgwick   Pro-
Administration
Redistricted from 4th district and elected here November 2, 1792, as part of the four-seat general ticket, representing the district from Berkshire County.
Redistricted to 1st district.
Artemas Ward.jpg Artemas Ward   Pro-
Administration
Redistricted from 7th district and elected here November 2, 1792, as part of the four-seat general ticket, representing the district from Worcester County.
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg William Lyman   Anti-
Administration
First elected on the third ballot April 1, 1793 as part of the four-seat general ticket, representing the district from Hampshire County.
Re-elected November 3, 1794, as the sole representative from the distrit.
[Data unknown/missing.]
  Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1797
Major General William shepard.jpg William Shepard   Federalist March 4, 1797 –
March 3, 1803
First elected on the second ballot January 16, 1797.
Re-elected in 1798.
Re-elected in 1800.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Jacob Crowninshield.jpg Jacob Crowninshield   Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1803 –
April 15, 1808
First elected in 1802.
Re-elected in 1804.
Re-elected in 1806.
Died.
Vacant April 15, 1808 –
May 24, 1808
Joseph Story.jpg Joseph Story   Democratic-
Republican
May 23, 1808 –
March 3, 1809
Elected to finish Crowninshield's term
[Data unknown/missing.]
BenjaminPickman ca1843 byChesterHarding MFABoston.jpeg Benjamin Pickman, Jr.   Federalist March 4, 1809 –
March 3, 1811
Elected in 1808.
Retired.
No image.svg William Reed   Federalist March 4, 1811 –
March 3, 1815
First elected in 1810.
Re-elected in 1812.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Timothy Pickering, Peale.jpg Timothy Pickering   Federalist March 4, 1815 –
March 3, 1817
Redistricted from 3rd district and elected here in 1814.
Lost re-election
Nathaniel Silsbee.png Nathaniel Silsbee   Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1821
First elected in 1816.
Re-elected in 1818.
Retired.
No image.svg Gideon Barstow   Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1821 –
March 3, 1823
Elected in 1820.
Retired.
BWCrowninshield.jpg Benjamin W. Crowninshield   Adams-Clay
Republican
March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
First elected in 1822.
Re-elected in 1824.
Re-elected in 1826.
Re-elected in 1828.
Lost re-election
  Adams March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1829
  Anti-
Jacksonian
March 4, 1829 –
March 3, 1831
RufusChoate Southworth Hawes-crop.png Rufus Choate   Anti-
Jacksonian
March 4, 1831 –
June 30, 1834
First elected in 1830.
Re-elected in 1832.
Resigned.
Vacant June 30, 1834 –
December 1, 1834
Stephen Clarendon Phillips.png Stephen C. Phillips   Anti-
Jacksonian
December 1, 1834 –
March 3, 1837
First elected to finish Choate's term
Also elected to the full term in 1834.
Re-elected in 1836.

Resigned to become Mayor of Salem

  Whig March 4, 1837 –
September 28, 1838
Leverett Saltonstall I.png Leverett Saltonstall   Whig December 5, 1838 –
March 3, 1843
First elected to finish Phillips's term in 1838.
Also elected to the full term in 1838.
Re-elected in 1840.
Lost re-election
Daniel Putnam King (1801-1850).jpg Daniel P. King   Whig March 4, 1843 –
July 25, 1850
First elected in 1842.
Re-elected in 1844.
Re-elected in 1846.
Re-elected in 1848.
Died.
Vacant July 25, 1850 –
March 3, 1851
RRantoul.jpg Robert Rantoul, Jr.   Democratic March 4, 1851 –
August 7, 1852
First elected in 1850.
Died.
Vacant August 7, 1852 –
December 13, 1852
Francis B. Fay.png Francis B. Fay   Whig December 13, 1852 –
March 3, 1853
Elected to finish Rantoul's term
Retired.
Samuel Leonard Crocker.png Samuel L. Crocker   Whig March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
Elected in 1852.
Lost re-election
JBuffington.jpg James Buffington[8]   American March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
First elected in 1854.
Re-elected in 1856.
Re-elected in 1858.
Re-elected in 1860.
Retired.
  Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1863
Oakes Ames - Brady-Handy.jpg Oakes Ames[5]   Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1873
First elected in 1862.
Re-elected in 1864.
Re-elected in 1866.
Re-elected in 1868.
Re-elected in 1870.
Retired.
BWHarris.jpg Benjamin W. Harris[9][10]   Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1883
First elected in 1872.
Re-elected in 1874.
Re-elected in 1876.
Re-elected in 1878.
Re-elected in 1880.
Retired.
John Davis Long.jpg John D. Long   Republican March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1889
First elected in 1882.
Re-elected in 1884.
Re-elected in 1886.
Retired.
Elijah A. Morse.png Elijah A. Morse   Republican March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1893
First elected in 1888.
Re-elected in 1890.
Redistricted to 12th district.
Frederick Gillett.jpg Frederick H. Gillett[11][12]   Republican March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1925
First elected in 1892.
Re-elected in 1894.
Re-elected in 1896.
Re-elected in 1898.
Re-elected in 1900.
Re-elected in 1902.
Re-elected in 1904.
Re-elected in 1906.
Re-elected in 1908.
Re-elected in 1910.
Re-elected in 1912.
Re-elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
Re-elected in 1918.
Re-elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1922.
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
GeorgeBChurchill.jpg George B. Churchill   Republican March 4, 1925 –
July 1, 1925
Elected in 1924.
Died.
Vacant July 1, 1925 –
September 29, 1925
HenryLBowles.jpg Henry L. Bowles   Republican September 29, 1925 –
March 3, 1929
First elected to finish Churchill's term
Re-elected in 1926.
Retired.
William K. Kaynor (Massachusetts Congressman).jpg Will Kirk Kaynor   Republican March 4, 1929 –
December 20, 1929
Elected in 1928.
Died.
Vacant December 20, 1929 –
February 11, 1930
William J. Granfield (Massachusetts Congressman).jpg William J. Granfield   Democratic February 11, 1930 –
January 3, 1937
First elected to finish Kaynor's term
Also elected to full term in 1930.
Re-elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1934.
Retired.
CharlesClason.jpg Charles R. Clason[13]   Republican January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1949
First elected in 1936.
Re-elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
Re-elected in 1946.
Lost re-election
Foster Furcolo, 60th Governor of Massachusetts.jpg Foster Furcolo   Democratic January 3, 1949 –
September 30, 1952
First elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Retired and then resigned early when appointed State Treasurer
Vacant September 30, 1952 –
January 3, 1953
Edward Boland (1961).jpg Edward Boland[14]   Democratic January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1989
First elected in 1952.
Re-elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Re-elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970.
Re-elected in 1972.
Re-elected in 1974.
Re-elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Retired.
Richardneal.jpg Richard Neal[15]   Democratic January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 2013
First elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Redistricted to the 1st district.
Jim McGovern, official 111th Congress photo.jpg Jim McGovern   Democratic January 3, 2013 –
Present
Redistricted from 3rd district
and elected here in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Representative Party Years Electoral history

Recent election results[edit]

1988-1998[edit]

U.S. House election, 1988: Massachusetts, District 2
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Richard Neal 156,262 80.23
Communist Louis R. Godena 38,446 19.74
Write-in 52 0.01
Majority 117,816 60.40
Turnout
Democratic hold Swing
U.S. House election, 1990: Massachusetts, District 2
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Richard Neal 134,152 67.99 -12.24
Write-in 63,169 32.01 +32.00
Majority 70,983 35.98 -24.42
Turnout 197,321
Democratic hold Swing
U.S. House election, 1992: Massachusetts, District 2
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Richard Neal 131,215 53.09 -14.90
Republican Anthony W. Ravosa, Jr. 76,795 31.07 +31.07
Independent Thomas R. Sheehan 38,963 15.76 +15.76
Write-in 190 0.07 -31.94
Majority 54,420 22.02 -13.96
Turnout 247,163
Democratic hold Swing
U.S. House election, 1994: Massachusetts, District 2
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Richard Neal 117,178 58.55 +5.46
Republican John M. Briare 72,732 36.34 +5.27
Natural Law Kate Ross 10,167 5.08 +5.08
Write-in 46 0.02 -0.05
Majority 44,446 22.21 +0.19
Turnout 200,123
Democratic hold Swing
U.S. House election, 1996: Massachusetts, District 2
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Richard Neal 162,995 71.67 +13.12
Republican Mark Steele 49,885 21.94 -14.40
Independent Scott Andrichak 9,181 4.04 +4.04
Natural Law Richard Kaynor 5,124 2.25 -2.83
Write-in 226 0.10 +0.08
Majority 113,110 49.74 +27.53
Turnout 227,411
Democratic hold Swing
U.S. House election, 1998: Massachusetts, District 2
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Richard Neal 130,550 98.95 +27.28
Write-in 1,383 1.05 +0.95
Majority 129,167 97.90 +48.16
Turnout 131,933
Democratic hold Swing

2000[edit]

U.S. House election, 2000: Massachusetts, District 2
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Richard Neal 196,670 98.91 -0.04
Write-in 2,176 1.09 +0.04
Majority 194,494 97.81 -0.09
Turnout 253,867
Democratic hold Swing

2002[edit]

U.S. House election, 2002: Massachusetts, District 2
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Richard Neal 153,387 99.13 +0.22
Write-in 1,341 0.87 -0.22
Majority 152,046 98.26 +0.45
Turnout 208,498
Democratic hold Swing

2004[edit]

U.S. House election, 2004: Massachusetts, District 2
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Richard Neal 217,682 98.96 -0.17
Write-in 2,282 1.04 +0.17
Majority 227,183 97.92 -0.34
Turnout 287,871
Democratic hold Swing

2006[edit]

U.S. House election, 2006: Massachusetts, District 2
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Richard Neal 164,939 98.65 -0.31
Write-in 2,254 1.35 +0.31
Majority 162,685 97.30 -0.62
Turnout 214,939
Democratic hold Swing

2008[edit]

U.S. House election, 2008: Massachusetts, District 2
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Richard Neal 234,369 98.47 -0.18
Write-in 3,631 1.53 +0.18
Majority 230,738 96.95 -0.35
Turnout 306,820
Democratic hold Swing

2010[edit]

U.S. House election, 2010: Massachusetts, District 2
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Richard Neal 122,751 57.33 -41.14
Republican Thomas A. Wesley 91,209 42.60 +42.60
Write-in 164 0.08 -1.45
Majority 31,542 14.73 -82.12
Turnout 220,424
Democratic hold Swing

2012[edit]

This election followed redistricting.

Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district election, 2012 [16][17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim McGovern (Incumbent) 259,257 98.5
No Party All Others 4,078 1.5
Total votes 263,335 100
Turnout
Democratic hold

2014[edit]

Massachusetts's 2nd Congressional District, 2014[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim McGovern (Incumbent) 169,640 98.20
No party All Others 3,105 1.80%
Total votes 172,745 100
Democratic hold

2016[edit]

Massachusetts's 2nd Congressional District, 2016 [19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim McGovern (Incumbent) 275,487 98.24
All Others 4,924 1.76
Total votes 280,411 100
Democratic hold

2018[edit]

The 2018 election will take place on November 6, 2018.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.sec.state.ma.us/spr/sprcat/catpdf2010/cong2010/CongressionalDistrict_2011State.pdf Access Date March 29, 2012
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  4. ^ "State Apportionment; districts of the Commonwealth for the choice of one representative to Congress in each district". Massachusetts Register ... for 1843. Boston: Loring. 
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  11. ^ L.A. Coolidge (1897). "Massachusetts". Official Congressional Directory: Fifty-Fifth Congress. Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 
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  15. ^ "Massachusetts". 1991-1992 Official Congressional Directory: 102nd Congress. Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1991. 
  16. ^ "Return of Votes for Massachusetts State Elections, November 6, 2013" (PDF). Secretary of State for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  17. ^ The totals do not include Blank/Scatterings Ballots although they were reported.
  18. ^ "Massachusetts Secretary of State Election Results 2014" (PDF). Massachusetts Secretary of State. November 4, 2014. Retrieved December 26, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Massachusetts Secretary of State General Election Results 2016". Massachusetts Secretary of State. November 8, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Missouri's 9th congressional district
Home district of the Speaker of the House
May 19, 1919 – March 3, 1925
Succeeded by
Ohio's 1st congressional district

Coordinates: 42°23′06″N 72°07′07″W / 42.38500°N 72.11861°W / 42.38500; -72.11861