Minnesota's 8th congressional district

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Minnesota's 8th congressional district
Minnesota US Congressional District 8 (since 2013).tif
Minnesota's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Rick Nolan (DCrosby)
Area 27,583[1] sq mi (71,440 km2)
Distribution
  • 37% urban
  • 63% rural
Population (2000) 614,935[2]
Median income 37,911
Ethnicity
Cook PVI R+4[3]
External image
THIS govtrack.us MAP, is a useful representation of the 8th CD's borders, based on Google Maps.

Minnesota's 8th congressional district covers the northeastern part of Minnesota. It is anchored by Duluth, which is the fifth largest city in the state. It also includes most of the Mesabi and Vermilion iron ranges. The district is best known for its mining, agriculture, tourism, and shipping industries.

For many decades, the district was Democratic. However, in 2016, concerns about economic decline and unemployment caused Republicans to make strong gains and Donald Trump carried the district by a 15 point margin. Nonetheless, elected Republicans are few and far between. Republican strength is concentrated in the district's southern portion, which stretches into the outer northern portion of the Twin Cities.

The district is currently represented by Democrat Rick Nolan, who defeated incumbent Republican Chip Cravaack in November 2012, Republican Stewart Mills in 2014 and 2016.[4]

List of representatives[edit]

Congress Representative Party Years Notes
58th
59th
60th
James-adam-bede.jpg James Bede Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1909
District created
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
65th
ClarenceBMiller.jpg Clarence B. Miller Republican March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1919
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
66th Carss, William L..jpg William Leighton Carss Farmer-Labor March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1921
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
67th
68th
OscarLarson.jpg Oscar Larson Republican March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1925
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
69th
70th
Carss, William L..jpg William Leighton Carss Farmer-Labor March 4, 1925 –
March 3, 1929
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
71st
72nd
William Alvin Pittenger.jpg William Pittenger Republican March 4, 1929 –
March 3, 1933
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
73rd District inactive, all representatives elected At-large on a general ticket March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
74th William Alvin Pittenger.jpg William Pittenger Republican January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1937
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
75th JohnTBernard.jpg John Bernard Farmer-Labor January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1939
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
76th
77th
78th
79th
William Alvin Pittenger.jpg William Pittenger Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1947
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
Johnblatnik.jpg John Blatnik Democratic–Farmer–Labor January 3, 1947 –
December 31, 1974
Resigned
93rd Vacant December 31, 1974 –
January 3, 1975
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
Oberstarj.jpg Jim Oberstar Democratic–Farmer–Labor January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 2011
Lost re-election.
112th Chip Cravaack, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Chip Cravaack Republican January 3, 2011 –
January 3, 2013
Lost re-election.
113th
114th
115th
Rick Nolan 115th official photo.jpg Rick Nolan Democratic–Farmer–Labor January 3, 2013 –
present
First elected in 2012.

Recent elections[edit]

Year Nominee Party Votes  % Nominee Party Votes  %
2002 Jim Oberstar Democratic 193,959 69.0 Bob Lemen Republican 88,423 31
2004 Jim Oberstar Democratic 228,509 65 Mark Groettum Republican 112,657 32
2006 Jim Oberstar Democratic 194,677 64 Rod Grams Republican 101,744 34
2008 Jim Oberstar Democratic 240,586 67.6 Michael Cummins Republican 114,588 32.2
2010 Jim Oberstar Democratic 129,072 46.6 Chip Cravaack Republican 133,479 48.2
2012 Rick Nolan Democratic 192,748 54.5 Chip Cravaack Republican 161,113 45.5
2014 Rick Nolan Democratic 129,089 48.5 Stewart Mills III Republican 125,357 47.1
2016 Rick Nolan Democratic 178,893 50.2 Stewart Mills III Republican 176,821 49.6

Election results from presidential races[edit]

Year Office Results Political parties that won the district
2000 President Al Gore 49 - George W. Bush 44% Democratic Party (United States)
2004 President John Kerry 53 - George W. Bush 46% Democratic Party (United States)
2008 President Barack Obama 53 - John McCain 45% Democratic Party (United States)
2012 President Barack Obama 52 - Mitt Romney 46% Democratic Party (United States)
2016 President Donald Trump 54 - Hillary Clinton 39% 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. ^ "Fast Facts". US Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved April 2, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Minnesota's 8th Congressional District election, 2016 - Ballotpedia". Retrieved November 14, 2016. 

Coordinates: 47°15′01″N 92°57′50″W / 47.25028°N 92.96389°W / 47.25028; -92.96389