Minnesota's 7th congressional district

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Minnesota's 7th congressional district
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Minnesota's 7th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Collin Peterson
DDetroit Lakes
Area31,796[1] sq mi (82,350 km2)
Distribution
  • 64.13% rural[2]
  • 35.87% urban
Population (2018 est.)663,069[3]
Median household
income
$58,463[4]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+12[6]
External image
image icon THIS govtrack.us MAP, is a useful representation of the 7th CD's borders, based on Google Maps.

Minnesota's 7th congressional district covers almost all of the western side of Minnesota except for the far south, which is in the 1st district. It is by far the state's largest district, and has a very rural character. Cities in the district include Moorhead (its largest city), Fergus Falls, Alexandria and Willmar.

Historically, the district has leaned Republican; it has a CPVI of R+12. However, it has been represented since 1991 by Collin Peterson, a member of the DFL. He is rated 26% conservative by the American Conservative Union for 2017 and 57% progressive by a liberal group.[7] It is the second-most Republican leaning district in the country to be represented by a Democrat after Utah's 4th congressional district.

Demographics[edit]

According to the APM Research Lab's Voter Profile Tools[8] (featuring the U.S. Census Bureau's 2019 American Community Survey), the district contained about 501,000 potential voters (citizens, age 18+). Of these, 91% are White and 9% are people of color. Immigrants make up 2% of the district's potential voters. Median income among households (with one or more potential voter) in the district is about $61,000, while 9% of households live below the poverty line. As for the educational attainment of potential voters in the district, 8% of those 25 and older have not earned a high school degree, while 22% hold a bachelor's or higher degree.

List of members representing the district[edit]

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1893
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Haldor Boen
Populist March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1895
53rd Elected in 1892.
Lost re-election.
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Frank Eddy
Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1903
54th
55th
56th
57th
Elected in 1894.
Re-elected in 1896.
Re-elected in 1898.
Re-elected in 1900.
Retired.
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Andrew Volstead
Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1923
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
65th
66th
67th
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.
Lost re-election.
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Ole J. Kvale
Farmer–Labor March 4, 1923 –
September 11, 1929
68th
69th
70th
71st
Elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Re-elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928.
Died.
Vacant September 11, 1929 –
October 16, 1929
71st
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Paul John Kvale
Farmer–Labor October 16, 1929 –
March 3, 1933
71st
72nd
Elected to finish Kvale's term.
Re-elected in 1930.
Redistricted to the at-large district.
District inactive March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
73rd All representatives elected at-large on a general ticket.
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Paul John Kvale
Farmer–Labor January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1939
74th
75th
Redistricted from the at-large district and re-elected in 1934.
Re-elected in 1936.
Lost re-election.
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Herman Carl Andersen
Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1963
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
Elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
Re-elected in 1946.
Re-elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
Re-elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Lost renomination in a redistricting contest.
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Odin Langen
Republican January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1971
88th
89th
90th
91st
Redistricted from the 9th district and re-elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Lost re-election.
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Robert Bergland
Democratic (DFL) January 3, 1971 –
January 22, 1977
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
Elected in 1970.
Re-elected in 1972.
Re-elected in 1974.
Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
Vacant January 22, 1977 –
February 22, 1977
95th
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Arlan Stangeland
Republican February 22, 1977 –
January 3, 1991
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
Elected to finish Bergland's term.
Re-elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Lost re-election.
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Collin Peterson
Democratic (DFL) January 3, 1991 –
present
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
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.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.

Lost re-election.

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Michelle Fischbach
Republican January 3, 2021 –
117th Elected in 2020.

Elections[edit]

2002[edit]

2002 Seventh Congressional District of Minnesota election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Collin Peterson 170,234 65.27 -
Republican Dan Stevens 90,342 34.64 -

2004[edit]

2004 Seventh Congressional District of Minnesota election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Collin Peterson 207,628 66.07 +1
Republican David Sturrock 106,349 33.84 -

2006[edit]

2006 Seventh Congressional District of Minnesota election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Collin Peterson 179,164 70 +4
Republican Michael Barrett 74,557 29 -
Constitution Ken Lucier 3,303 1 -

2008[edit]

2008 Seventh Congressional District of Minnesota election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Collin Peterson 227,180 72.20 +2.2
Republican Glen Menze 87,062 27.67 -
N/A others 431 0.14 -

2010[edit]

2010 Seventh Congressional District of Minnesota election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Collin Peterson 159,479 52.5 -19.7
Republican Lee Byberg 90,650 37.6 +9.2
N/A others 17,155 7.2 -

2012[edit]

2012 Seventh Congressional District of Minnesota election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Collin Peterson 197,791 60.4 +7.9
Republican Lee Byberg 114,151 34.8 -2.8
N/A others 4.7 -

2014[edit]

2014 Seventh Congressional District of Minnesota election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Collin Peterson 130,546 54.2 -6.2
Republican Torrey Westrom 109,955 45.7 +10.9
N/A others 334 0.1 -

2016[edit]

2016 Seventh Congressional District of Minnesota election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Collin Peterson 173,589 52.5 -1.7
Republican Dave Hughes 156,952 47.4 +1.7
N/A others 307 0.1 -

2018[edit]

2018 Seventh Congressional District of Minnesota election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Collin Peterson 146,672 52.1 -0.4
Republican Dave Hughes 134,668 47.9 +0.4
N/A others 168 >0.1 -

Election results from presidential races[edit]

Election results from presidential races:

Year Office Results Political parties that won the district
2000 President George W. Bush 54 - Al Gore 40% Republican Party (United States)
2004 President George W. Bush 55 - John Kerry 43% Republican Party (United States)
2008 President John McCain 50 - Barack Obama 47% Republican Party (United States)
2012 President Mitt Romney 53.9 - Barack Obama 44.1% Republican Party (United States)
2016 President Donald Trump 61.8 - Hillary Clinton 31% Republican Party (United States)

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota congressional districts by urban and rural population and land area" (PDF). US Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved April 2, 2007.
  2. ^ Geography, US Census Bureau. "Congressional Districts Relationship Files (state-based)". www.census.gov. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  3. ^ Bureau, Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  4. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=27&cd=07
  5. ^ https://censusreporter.org/profiles/50000US2707-congressional-district-7-mn/
  6. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  7. ^ "Leading with the Left". Progressive Punch. Retrieved November 2, 2006.
  8. ^ "Representing US: 2020 Voter Profiles". APM Research Lab. Retrieved October 22, 2020.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 46°33′11″N 95°40′33″W / 46.55306°N 95.67583°W / 46.55306; -95.67583