New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district

Coordinates: 43°45′51″N 71°43′17″W / 43.76417°N 71.72139°W / 43.76417; -71.72139
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New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district
Map
Interactive map of district boundaries since January 3, 2023
Representative
  Annie Kuster
DHopkinton
Distribution
  • 51.05% urban
  • 48.95% rural
Population (2022[1])691,308
Median household
income
$88,494[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+2[2]

New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district covers the western, northern, and some southern parts of New Hampshire. It includes the state's second-largest city, Nashua, as well as the state capital, Concord. It is currently represented in the United States House of Representatives by Democrat Ann McLane Kuster.

Although the district appears rural, it is classified by the Census Bureau as a majority-urban district, since a large share of the district's population lies within more densely populated areas in Hillsborough, Rockingham, and Merrimack counties. The district is home to the Dartmouth College, the state's second largest college. Some of the largest employers in the district are Dartmouth Hitchcock, Dartmouth College, Southern New Hampshire Health System, and BAE Systems.

History and composition[edit]

The district (2022-) includes:

Until 1847, New Hampshire's representatives were elected at large, from the entire state, and not from districts. Districts began being used in the 1846 elections. Until the 1878 elections, New Hampshire elected its members of the United States House of Representatives in March of the odd-numbered years. That would be too late for the beginning of the March 4 term, but the first session of the House typically didn't start until December; so, a March election wasn't a problem. The district currently includes Dartmouth College, and all of its representatives since 1995 (Bass, Hodes, and Kuster) have been Dartmouth alumni.

Historically, the second district has had strong Republican leanings, having voted Republican 71 times and Democrat only 15. The district has leaned Democratic in congressional races since 2006, and in presidential races since 2000.

Election results from statewide races[edit]

Election results from presidential races:[3]

Year Office Results
2000 President Al Gore 48% - George W. Bush 47%
2004 President John Kerry 52% - George W. Bush 47%
2008 President Barack Obama 56% – John McCain 43%
2012 President Barack Obama 54% – Mitt Romney 45%
2016 President Hillary Clinton 49% - Donald Trump 46%
2020 President Joe Biden 54% – Donald Trump 45%

Election results from statewide races:[3]

Year Office Results
2012 Governor Maggie Hassan 56% - Ovide Lamontagne 41%
2014 Governor Maggie Hassan 54% - Walt Havenstein 46%
2014 Senate Jeanne Shaheen 54% – Scott Brown 46%
2016 Governor Colin Van Ostern 48% - Chris Sununu 47%
2016 Senate Maggie Hassan 49% – Kelly Ayotte 47%
2018 Governor Chris Sununu 51% – Molly Kelly 48%
2020 Governor Chris Sununu 63% – Dan Feltes 35%
2020 Senate Jeanne Shaheen 57% – Corky Messner 40%
2022 Senate Maggie Hassan 54% – Don Bolduc 44%

List of members representing the district[edit]

Representative Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District established March 4, 1847

Charles H. Peaslee
(Concord)
Democratic March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1853
30th
31st
32nd
Elected late on March 9, 1847.
Re-elected late on March 13, 1849.
Re-elected late on March 11, 1851.
Retired.

George W. Morrison
(Manchester)
Democratic March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
33rd Elected late on March 8, 1853.
Lost re-election.

Mason Tappan
(Bradford)
Know Nothing March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
34th Elected late on March 13, 1855.
Re-elected late on March 10, 1857.
Re-elected late on March 8, 1859.
Retired.
Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1861
35th
36th

Edward H. Rollins
(Concord)
Republican March 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1867
37th
38th
39th
Elected late on March 12, 1861.
Re-elected late on March 10, 1863.
Re-elected late on March 14, 1865.
Retired.

Aaron Fletcher Stevens
(Nashua)
Republican March 4, 1867 –
March 3, 1871
40th
41st
Elected late on March 12, 1867.
Re-elected late on March 9, 1869.
Lost re-election.

Samuel Newell Bell
(Manchester)
Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1873
42nd Elected late on March 14, 1871.
Lost re-election.

Austin F. Pike
(Franklin)
Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
43rd Elected late on March 11, 1873.
Retired.

Samuel Newell Bell
(Manchester)
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
44th Elected late on March 9, 1875.
Retired.

James F. Briggs
(Manchester)
Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1883
45th
46th
47th
Elected late on March 13, 1877.
Re-elected in 1878.
Re-elected in 1880.
Retired.

Ossian Ray
(Lancaster)
Republican March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
48th Redistricted from the 3rd district and re-elected in 1882.
Retired.

Jacob H. Gallinger
(Concord)
Republican March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1889
49th
50th
Elected in 1884.
Re-elected in 1886.
Retired.

Orren C. Moore
(Nashua)
Republican March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
51st Elected in 1888.
Lost re-election.

Warren F. Daniell
(Franklin)
Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
52nd Elected in 1890.
Retired.

Henry Moore Baker
(Bow)
Republican March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1897
53rd
54th
Elected in 1892.
Re-elected in 1894.
Retired.

Frank Gay Clarke
(Peterborough)
Republican March 4, 1897 –
January 9, 1901
55th
56th
Elected in 1896.
Re-elected in 1898.
Retired and died before next term began.
Vacant January 9, 1901 –
March 3, 1901
56th

Frank Dunklee Currier
(Canaan)
Republican March 4, 1901 –
March 3, 1913
57th
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
Elected in 1900.
Re-elected in 1902.
Re-elected in 1904.
Re-elected in 1906.
Re-elected in 1908.
Re-elected in 1910.
Lost re-election.

Raymond Bartlett Stevens
(Landaff)
Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
63rd Elected in 1912.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.

Edward Hills Wason
(Nashua)
Republican March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1933
64th
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
Elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
Re-elected in 1918.
Re-elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Re-elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928.
Re-elected in 1930.
Retired.

Charles W. Tobey
(Temple)
Republican March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1939
73rd
74th
75th
Elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1934.
Re-elected in 1936.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.

Foster Waterman Stearns
(Hancock)
Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1945
76th
77th
78th
Elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.

Sherman Adams
(Lincoln)
Republican January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
79th Elected in 1944.
Retired to run for Governor of New Hampshire.

Norris Cotton
(Lebanon)
Republican January 3, 1947 –
November 7, 1954
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
Elected in 1946.
Re-elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
Retired to run for U.S. senator and resigned when elected
Vacant November 7, 1954 –
January 3, 1955
83rd

Perkins Bass
(Peterborough)
Republican January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1963
84th
85th
86th
87th
Elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.

James Colgate Cleveland
(New London)
Republican January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1981
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
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.
Retired.

Judd Gregg
(Greenfield)
Republican January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1989
97th
98th
99th
100th
Elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Retired to run for Governor of New Hampshire.

Charles Douglas III
(Concord)
Republican January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 1991
101st Elected in 1988.
Lost re-election.

Dick Swett
(Bow)
Democratic January 3, 1991 –
January 3, 1995
102nd
103rd
Elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Lost re-election.

Charles Bass
(Peterborough)
Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 2007
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
Elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Lost re-election.

Paul Hodes
(Concord)
Democratic January 3, 2007 –
January 3, 2011
110th
111th
Elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.

Charles Bass
(Peterborough)
Republican January 3, 2011 –
January 3, 2013
112th Elected in 2010.
Lost re-election.

Ann McLane Kuster
(Hopkinton)
Democratic January 3, 2013 –
present
113th
114th
115th
116th
117th
118th
Elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.
Re-elected in 2020.
Re-elected in 2022.

Electoral history[edit]

2012[edit]

New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district, 2012[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ann McLane Kuster 169,275 50.2
Republican Charles Bass (incumbent) 152,977 45.3
Libertarian Hardy Macia 14,936 4.4
n/a Write-ins 206 0.1
Total votes 337,394 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

2014[edit]

New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district, 2014[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ann McLane Kuster (incumbent) 130,700 54.9
Republican Marilinda Garcia 106,871 44.9
n/a Write-ins 613 0.2
Total votes 238,184 100.0
Democratic hold

2016[edit]

New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district, 2016 [6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ann McLane Kuster (incumbent) 174,495 49.7
Republican Jim Lawrence 158,973 45.3
Independent John Babiarz 17,088 4.9
n/a Write-ins 236 0.1
Total votes 350,792 100.0
Democratic hold

2018[edit]

New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district, 2018[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ann McLane Kuster (incumbent) 155,358 55.5
Republican Steve Negron 117,990 42.2
Libertarian Justin O'Donnell 6,206 2.2
n/a Write-ins 151 0.1
Total votes 279,705 100.0
Democratic hold

2020[edit]

New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district, 2020[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ann McLane Kuster (incumbent) 207,863 53.91
Republican Steve Negron 168,491 43.70
Libertarian Andrew Olding 9,093 2.36
N/A Scatter 147 0.04
Total votes 385,594 100.0
Democratic hold

2022[edit]

New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district, 2022[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Annie Kuster (incumbent) 171,636 55.8
Republican Robert Burns 135,579 44.1
Write-in 369 0.1
Total votes 307,584 100.0
Democratic hold

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003–2013
2013–2023

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "My Congressional District: Congressional District 2 (118th Congress), New Hampshire". United States Census Bureau.
  2. ^ "2022 Cook PVI: District Map and List". Cook Political Report. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "NH-SOS - NHSOS". sos.nh.gov. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  4. ^ "State of New Hampshire General Election Congressional District 1 2012". New Hampshire Secretary of State Elections Division. November 6, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2013.
  5. ^ "Representative in Congress - 2014 General Election". NH Secretary of State. November 4, 2014. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  6. ^ "2016 General Election Information and Results". New Hampshire Secretary of State Elections Division. November 8, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  7. ^ Johnson, Cheryl L. (February 28, 2019). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 2018". Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  8. ^ Gardner, William M. (November 19, 2020). "2020 General Election Results". New Hampshire Department of State. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  9. ^ "2022 General Election Results". New Hampshire Department of State.

Further reading[edit]

43°45′51″N 71°43′17″W / 43.76417°N 71.72139°W / 43.76417; -71.72139