Nebraska's 2nd congressional district

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Nebraska's 2nd congressional district
Nebraska's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Nebraska's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Brad Ashford (DOmaha)
Distribution 97.86% urban, 2.14% rural
Population (2000) 570,421
Median income $45,235
Ethnicity 82.3% White, 10.2% Black, 1.8% Asian, 6.3% Hispanic, 0.6% Native American, 0.2% other
Cook PVI R+4

Nebraska's 2nd congressional district encompasses the core of the Omaha metropolitan area. It includes all of Douglas County, which includes Omaha, and the urbanized areas of Sarpy County. In the United States House of Representatives, it is currently represented by Brad Ashford, a Democrat.

Electoral vote; 2008 presidential race[edit]

Nebraska and Maine are the only two states in the United States which distribute their electoral votes for president based on presidential candidates' performance in their respective congressional districts in addition to their statewide performance. The statewide popular vote winner for president receives two electoral votes, and the winner of each of Nebraska's congressional districts—there are currently three such districts—receives an electoral vote from the respective district.

While the rest of the state's electorate is heavily aligned towards the Republican Party, the 2nd district—centered as it is on the city of Omaha—is more closely divided between the two main parties—Republican and Democratic.

In the 2008 United States presidential election, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama targeted the district as a strategy of breaking a potential electoral-vote tie.[1] He won the district's electoral vote by a margin of 3,325 votes over his chief general election opponent, Republican John McCain.[2] However, McCain won Nebraska's statewide popular vote, as well as the district-wide popular vote for the other two Nebraska congressional districts, thus receiving four electoral votes from Nebraska.[2]

Obama's victory in the 2nd district meant that Nebraska's electoral delegation was split for the first time ever. It also marked the first Nebraskan electoral vote for a Democrat since 1964.[2] By contrast, in 2012 Gov. Mitt Romney won the 2nd district, as well as the overall statewide vote and the electoral votes of the first and third districts.[3]


In 2011, Nebraska lawmakers moved Offutt Air Force Base and the town of Bellevue — an area with a large minority population — out of the Omaha-based 2nd District and shifted in the Republican-heavy Omaha suburbs in Sarpy County. The move was expected to dilute the city's urban Democratic vote, which Democrats criticized as gerrymandering.[4]

List of representatives[edit]

Congress Representative Party Years of Service District Home Notes
District created March 4, 1883
48th James Laird Republican March 4, 1883 – August 17, 1889 Died
Gilbert L. Laws Republican December 2, 1889 – March 4, 1891
52nd William A. McKeighan Populist March 4, 1891 – March 4, 1893 Redistricted to the 5th district
53rd David Henry Mercer Republican March 4, 1893 – March 4, 1903
58th Gilbert M. Hitchcock Democratic March 4, 1903 – March 4, 1905
59th John L. Kennedy Republican March 4, 1905 – March 4, 1907
60th Gilbert M. Hitchcock Democratic March 4, 1907 – March 4, 1911
62nd Charles O. Lobeck Democratic March 4, 1911 – March 4, 1919
66th Albert W. Jefferis Republican March 4, 1919 – March 4, 1923
68th Willis G. Sears Republican March 4, 1923 – March 4, 1931
72nd H. Malcolm Baldrige Republican March 4, 1931 – March 4, 1933
73rd Edward R. Burke Democratic March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935
74th Charles F. McLaughlin Democratic January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1943
78th Howard H. Buffett Republican January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1949
81st Eugene D. O'Sullivan Democratic January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1951
82nd Howard H. Buffett Republican January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1953
83rd Roman L. Hruska Republican January 3, 1953 – November 8, 1954 Resigned after being elected to the US Senate
84th Jackson B. Chase Republican January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1957 Retired
85th Glenn Cunningham Republican January 3, 1957 – January 3, 1971 Lost renomination
92nd John Y. McCollister Republican January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1977 Retired to unsuccessfully run for U.S. Senate
95th John Joseph Cavanaugh III Democratic January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1981 Retired
97th Hal Daub, Jr. Republican January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1989 Retired to unsuccessfully run for U.S. Senate (Defeated in Primary)
101st Peter Hoagland Democratic January 3, 1989 – January 3, 1995 Defeated
104th Jon L. Christensen Republican January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1999 Retired to unsuccessfully run for Governor (Defeated in Primary)
106th Lee Terry Republican January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2015 Defeated
114th Brad Ashford Democratic January 3, 2015 – present


Election results from presidential races:

Year Office Results
2000 President George W. Bush 57 - Al Gore 39%
2004 President George W. Bush 60 - John Kerry 38%
2008 President Barack Obama 50 - John McCain 49%
2012 President Mitt Romney 53 - Barack Obama 46%

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Curry, Tom (2008-11-02). "Is Obama-Terry the winning ticket in Omaha?". MSNBC. Retrieved 2008-11-20. If the national electoral vote tally is close, then the one electoral vote in Omaha would loom large. But with Obama apparently ahead in competitive states such as Virginia, the presidency may not hinge on Omaha's vote. 
  2. ^ a b c Staff reporter (2008-11-14). "Obama wins 1 of Nebraska's electoral votes". AP. Retrieved 2009-10-17.  (Archived by WebCite at
  3. ^ Walton, Don (2012-11-07). "Romney wins 2nd District electoral vote". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 2012-11-07. Republican nominee Mitt Romney appeared to have won the battle for Nebraska's only competitive presidential electoral vote Tuesday night. [...] Romney held comfortable leads in both the 1st District, which includes Lincoln, and the vast 3rd District, as well as statewide.  (Archived by WebCite at
  4. ^ Schulte, Grant (May 27, 2011). "Nebraska Redistricting Maps Approved". AP. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 

Coordinates: 41°15′N 96°00′W / 41.250°N 96.000°W / 41.250; -96.000