Massachusetts's 8th congressional district

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Massachusetts's 8th congressional district
Massachusetts's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Massachusetts's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Stephen Lynch (DBoston)
Cook PVI D+9[1]

Massachusetts's 8th congressional district is located in eastern Massachusetts, including part of Boston. It is represented by Democrat Stephen Lynch. For one congressional term (1791-1793) it served as the home district of the District of Maine. The district boundaries are significantly changed as of the elections of 2012 due to redistricting after the 2010 census, with the old 8th district largely being shifted to the new 7th district.[2] The new 8th district comprises many of the communities of the old 9th district, as well as some easternmost Norfolk County communities and northernmost Plymouth County communities of the old 10th district.

Cities and towns in the District[edit]

In Bristol County:

Precincts 1 and 2 in Raynham.

In Norfolk County:

Avon, Braintree, Canton, Cohasset, Dedham, Holbrook, Milton:Precincts 2-4, and 6-9, Norwood, Quincy, Stoughton, Walpole, Westwood and Weymouth.

In Plymouth County:

Abington, Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Hingham, Hull, Scituate, West Bridgewater, and Whitman.

In Suffolk County:

Boston, Ward 3: Precincts 1-6; Ward 5: Precincts 3-5, 11; Ward 6, Ward 7: Precincts 1-9, Ward 11: Precincts 9 and 10, Ward 13: Precincts 3, 7 and 10, Ward 16: Precincts 2, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 12, Ward 19: Precincts 1-6, 8 and 8, and Ward 20: Precincts 1, 2, and 4-20.

Cities and towns in the district prior to 2013[edit]

The district from 2003 to 2013
Massachusetts's 8th congressional district, 1891

1840s[edit]

"All the towns in Norfolk County; Abington, North Bridgewater, Hingham, and Hull, in the County of Plymouth; and Brighton, Holliston, Natick, Newton, and Sherburne, in the County of Middlesex."[3]

1850s[edit]

"The city of Lowell, and the towns of Acton, Ashby, Ashland, Bedford, Billerica, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Framingham, Groton, Hopkinton, Lincoln, Littleton, Marlborough, Natick, Pepperell, Shirley, Stow, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Wayland. Westford, and Weston, in the county of Middlesex; and the towns of Berlin, Bolton, Harvard, Lunenburg, Northborough, Southborough, and Westborough, in the county of Worcester."[4]

1870s[edit]

"Ashland, Wards 22, 23, 25, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Dedham, Dover, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medfield, Medway, Milford, Natick, Needham, Newton, Norwood, Sherborn, Southboro', Watertown, Wayland, and Weston."[5]

1893-1902[edit]

1893: Arlington, Boston (Wards 9, 10, 11), Cambridge, Medford, Somerville, Winchester.[6]

1903-1912[edit]

Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Medford, Somerville, Winchester, Woburn.[7]

1913-1932[edit]

Middlesex County: Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Lexington, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham, Wakefield, Watertown, Winchester.[8][9]

1933-1942[edit]

Cambridge (Wards 2, 3), Everett, Malden, Medford, Somerville.[7]

1943-1962[edit]

Everett, Lynnfield, Malden, Medford, Melrose, N. Reading, Reading, Saugus, Somerville (Wards 4, 5, 6, 7), Stoneham, Wakefield.[7][10]

1963-1972[edit]

Boston (Wards 1, 2, 3, 21, 22), Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville.[7][11]

1973-1982[edit]

Arlington, Belmont, Boston (Wards 1, 2, 5, 21, 22), Cambridge, Somerville, Watertown.[7][12]

1983-1992[edit]

Arlington, Belmont, Boston (Wards 1, 2, 4, 5, 21, 22), Cambridge, Somerville, Waltham, Watertown.[7][13]

1993-2002[edit]

Belmont, Boston (Wards 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22), Cambridge, Chelsea, Somerville, Watertown.[7]

2003-2013[edit]

In Middlesex County:

Cambridge, and Somerville.

In Suffolk County:

Boston, Wards 1, 2, Ward 3, Precincts 1-4, 7, 8, Ward 4, Ward 5, Precincts 1, 2, 6-10, Ward 7, Precinct 10, Wards 8-12, Ward 13, Precincts 1, 2, 4-6, Ward 14, Ward 15, Precincts 1-5, 7-9, Ward 16, Precincts 1, 3, Ward 17, Precincts 1-3, 5-12; Ward 18, Precincts 1-8, 13-15, 21, Ward 19, Precincts 1, 3-6, 8, 9, Wards 21 and 22, (the remainder of Boston is in the 9th district), and Chelsea.

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
Jonathan Grout Anti-Administration March 4, 1789 –
March 3, 1791
First elected in 1788.
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
George Thatcher.jpg George Thatcher Pro-Administration March 4, 1791 –
March 3, 1793
Redistricted from the 6th district and re-elected here in 1790.
Redistricted to the 4th district.
District eliminated 1793
District restored 1795
Fisher Ames - Project Gutenberg eText 15391.jpg Fisher Ames Federalist March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1797
Redistricted from the 1st district and re-elected here in 1794.
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Harrisongrayotis.jpg Harrison Gray Otis Federalist March 4, 1797 –
March 3, 1801
First elected in 1796.
Re-elected in 1798.
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
William Eustis.jpg William Eustis Democratic-Republican March 4, 1801 –
March 3, 1803
First elected in 1800.
Redistricted to the 1st district
Lemuel Williams Federalist March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1805
Redistricted from the 5th district and re-elected here in 1802.
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Isaiah L. Green Democratic-Republican March 4, 1805 –
March 3, 1809

Re-elected in 1806.
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Gideon Gardner Democratic-Republican March 4, 1809 –
March 3, 1811
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Isaiah L. Green Democratic-Republican March 4, 1811 –
March 3, 1813
Elected again in 1810.
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
John Reed, Jr. Federalist March 4, 1813 –
March 3, 1815
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Redistricted to the 9th district.
William Baylies Federalist March 4, 1815 –
March 3, 1817
Redistricted from the 7th district and re-elected here in 1814.
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Zabdiel Sampson Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 –
July 26, 1820
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Resigned to become collector of customs in Plymouth.
Vacant July 26, 1820 –
November 24, 1820
Aaron Hobart Democratic-Republican November 24, 1820 –
March 3, 1823
First elected to finish Sampson's term.
Re-elected in 1820.
Redistricted to the 11th district.
Samuel Lathrop Adams-Clay Federalist March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
Redistricted from the 5th district and re-elected here in 1822.
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1827
IsaacBates.jpg Isaac C. Bates Adams March 4, 1827 –
March 3, 1829
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1829 –
March 3, 1835
William Barron Calhoun.png William B. Calhoun Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1835 –
March 3, 1837
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Retired.
Whig March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1843
John Quincy Adams by GPA Healy, 1858.jpg John Quincy Adams Whig March 4, 1843 –
February 23, 1848
Redistricted from the 12th district and re-elected here in 1842.
Died.
Vacant February 24, 1848 –
April 2, 1848
Horace Mann - Daguerreotype by Southworth & Hawes, c1850.jpg Horace Mann Whig April 3, 1848 –
March 3, 1853
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Tappan Wentworth (Massachusetts Congressman).jpg Tappan Wentworth Whig March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Chauncey L. Knapp.jpg Chauncey L. Knapp Know-nothing March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
CRTrain.jpg Charles R. Train[14] Republican March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1863
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
JohnDBaldwindrawing.jpg John D. Baldwin Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1869
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
George Frisbie Hoar - Brady-Handy.jpg George F. Hoar[15] Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1873
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Redistricted to the 9th district.
John M. S. Williams Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
William Wirt Warren (Massachusetts Congressman).jpg William W. Warren Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Lost re-election.
William Claflin - Brady-Handy.jpg William Claflin[16] Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1881
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Retired.
John Wilson Candler.png John W. Candler Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1883
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
WilliamARussell.jpg William A. Russell Republican March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
Redistricted from the 7th district and re-elected here in 1822.
Charles Herbert Allen, 1898.jpg Charles H. Allen Republican March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1889
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Retired.
Frederick T. Greenhalge.jpg Frederic T. Greenhalge Republican March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Lost re-election.
Moses T. Stevens.png Moses T. Stevens Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Redistricted to the 5th district.
SamuelMcCall.jpg Samuel W. McCall[17][18] Republican March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1913
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Frederick Simpson Deitrick (Massachusetts Congressman).jpg Frederick Simpson Deitrick Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Frederick W Dallinger.jpg Frederick W. Dallinger Republican March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1925
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Harry I. Thayer (Massachusetts Congressman).jpg Harry I. Thayer Republican March 4, 1925 –
March 10, 1926
Elected in 1924.
Died.
Vacant March 10, 1926 –
November 2, 1926
Frederick W Dallinger.jpg Frederick W. Dallinger Republican November 2, 1926 –
October 1, 1932
First elected to finish Thayer's term and elected to next full term.
Re-elected in 1928.
Re-elected in 1930.
Resigned to become judge of United States Customs Court.
Vacant October 1, 1932 –
March 3, 1933
Arthur D. Healey[19] Democratic March 4, 1933 –
August 3, 1942
First elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1934.
Re-elected in 1936.
Re-elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Resigned to become judge of US District Court for Massachusetts.
Vacant August 3, 1942 –
January 3, 1943
Angier Goodwin.png Angier Goodwin Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1955
First elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
Re-elected in 1946.
Re-elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
Lost re-election.
Torbert Macdonald.jpg Torbert H. Macdonald Democratic January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1963
First elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Redistricted to 7th district.
SpeakerO'Neill.jpg Tip O'Neill[20] Democratic January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1987
Redistricted from the 11th district and re-elected here 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.
Retired.
Joe Kennedy II.jpg Joe Kennedy II[21] Democratic January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 1999
First elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Retired.
Michaelcapuano.jpeg Mike Capuano Democratic January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2013
First 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 7th district.
Stephen F. Lynch, 2008 cropped.jpg Stephen Lynch Democratic January 3, 2013 –
Present
Redistricted from the 9th district and re-elected here in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.

Recent election results[edit]

2006 general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Mike Capuano 125,167 91
Socialist Workers Laura Garza 12,390 9
Majority 112,777 82
Turnout 137,557
Democratic hold Swing

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.sec.state.ma.us/spr/sprcat/catpdf2010/cong2010/CongressionalDistrict_2011State.pdf Access date: March 20, 2012.
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  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Geographical History of the 7th District". U.S. Congressman Michael E. Capuano. Washington DC: U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved November 23, 2013.  (Includes geographical history of Massachusetts's 8th congressional district, pre-2013)
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  9. ^ Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1921), "Population of Congressional Districts", Population of Massachusetts as determined by the fourteenth census of the United States 1920, Boston: Wright & Potter 
  10. ^ Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1941), "Population of Congressional Districts", Population of Massachusetts as determined by the sixteenth census of the United States, 1940, Boston: Wright & Potter, OCLC 10056477, House No. 2849 
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  20. ^ "Massachusetts". Official Congressional Directory: 90th Congress. Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1968. 
  21. ^ "Massachusetts". 1991-1992 Official Congressional Directory: 102nd Congress. Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1991. 

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Election results[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Oklahoma's 3rd congressional district
Home district of the Speaker of the House
January 4, 1977 – January 3, 1987
Succeeded by
Texas's 12th congressional district

Coordinates: 42°11′41″N 70°56′38″W / 42.19472°N 70.94389°W / 42.19472; -70.94389