New Mexico's 2nd congressional district

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New Mexico's 2nd congressional district
New Mexico US Congressional District 2 (since 2013).tif
New Mexico's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Xochitl Torres Small
DLas Cruces
Distribution
  • 70.82% urban
  • 29.18% rural
Population (2000)606,406
Median income$42,507[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+6[2]

New Mexico's 2nd congressional district serves the southern half of New Mexico, including Las Cruces, Roswell and the southern fourth of Albuquerque. Geographically, it is the fifth largest district in the nation, and the largest not to comprise an entire state. It is currently represented by Democrat Xochitl Torres Small.

Since 2019, the 2nd district is the largest congressional district by area to be represented by a Democrat. Historically, it has leaned more Republican than New Mexico's other two districts, particularly in presidential elections.

Voting[edit]

Election results from presidential races[3][4]

Year Office Result
2000 President Bush 54 - 43%
2004 President Bush 58 - 41%
2008 President McCain 50 - 49%
2012 President Romney 52 - 45%
2016 President Trump 50 - 40%
2018 Senate Heinrich 46 - 40%
2018 Governor Pearce 53 - 47%

List of members representing the district[edit]

District created January 3, 1969 from the former at-large district.

Member Residence Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
Ed Foreman.jpg
Ed Foreman
Portales Republican January 3, 1969 –
January 3, 1971
91st Elected in 1968.
Lost re-election.
Harold L. Runnels.jpg
Harold Runnels
Lovington Democratic January 3, 1971 –
August 5, 1980
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
Elected in 1970.
Re-elected in 1972.
Re-elected in 1974.
Re-elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Died.
Vacant August 5, 1980 –
January 3, 1981
96th
JoeSkeen.jpg
Joe Skeen
Roswell Republican January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 2003
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
Elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Retired.
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Steve Pearce
Hobbs Republican January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2009
108th
109th
110th
Elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
Harry Teague large official portrait.jpg
Harry Teague
Hobbs Democratic January 3, 2009 –
January 3, 2011
111th Elected in 2008.
Lost re-election.
Steve Pearce, Official Portrait, 112th Congress (cropped).jpg
Steve Pearce
Hobbs Republican January 3, 2011 –
January 3, 2019
112th
113th
114th
115th
Elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Retired to run for Governor of New Mexico.
Xochitl Torres Small, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Xochitl Torres Small
Las Cruces Democratic January 3, 2019 –
present
116th Elected in 2018.

Election results[edit]

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1968[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1968: New Mexico District 2[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Foreman 71,857 50.48
Democratic E. S. Johnny Walker 69,858 49.08
Independent Wilfredo Sedillo 633 0.44
Total votes 142,348 100.0
Republican win (new seat)

1970[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1970[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Harold L. Runnels 64,518 51.37
Republican Ed Foreman (incumbent) 61,074 48.63
Total votes 125,592 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

1972[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1972[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Harold L. Runnels (incumbent) 116,152 72.17
Republican George E. Presson 44,784 27.83
Total votes 160,936 100.0
Democratic hold

1974[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1974[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Harold L. Runnels (incumbent) 90,127 66.74
Republican Donald W. Trubey 43,045 31.88
American Independent Herbert Horton 1,860 1.38
Total votes 135,032 100.0
Democratic hold

1976[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1976[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Harold L. Runnels (incumbent) 123,563 70.33
Republican Donald W. Trubey 52,131 29.67
Total votes 175,694 100.0
Democratic hold

1978[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1978[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Harold L. Runnels (incumbent) 95,710 100.00
Total votes 95,710 100.0
Democratic hold

1980[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1980: New Mexico District 2[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Skeen (as a write-in) 61,564 38.00
Democratic David King 55,085 34.00
Independent Dorothy Runnels (as a write-in) 45,343 28.00
Total votes 161,992 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

1982[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1982[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Skeen (incumbent) 71,021 58.40
Democratic Caleb Chandler 50,599 41.60
Total votes 121,620 100.0
Republican hold

1984[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1984[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Skeen (incumbent) 116,006 74.33
Democratic Peter R. York 40,063 25.67
Total votes 156,069 100.0
Republican hold

1986[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1986[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Skeen (incumbent) 77,787 62.88
Democratic Mike Runnels 45,924 37.12
Total votes 123,711 100.0
Republican hold

1988[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1988[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Skeen (incumbent) 100,324 100.00
Total votes 100,324 100.0
Republican hold

1990[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1990[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Skeen (incumbent) 80,677 100.00
Total votes 80,677 100.0
Republican hold

1992[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1992[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Skeen (incumbent) 94,838 56.39
Democratic Dan Sosa, Jr. 73,157 43.50
Write-in 175 0.11
Total votes 168,170 100.0
Republican hold

1994[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1994[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Skeen (incumbent) 89,966 63.28
Democratic Benjamin Anthony Chavez 45,316 31.87
Green Rex R. Johnson 6,898 4.85
Total votes 142,180 100.0
Republican hold

1996[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1996: New Mexico District 2[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Skeen (incumbent) 95,091 55.93
Democratic E. Shirley Baca 74,915 44.07
Total votes 170,006 100.0
Republican hold

1998[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1998: New Mexico District 2[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Skeen (incumbent) 85,077 57.93
Democratic E. Shirley Baca 61,796 42.07
Total votes 146,873 100.0
Republican hold

2000[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2000: New Mexico District 2[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Skeen (incumbent) 100,742 58.11
Democratic Michael A. Montoya 72,614 41.89
Total votes 173,356 100.0
Republican hold

2002[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2002: New Mexico District 2[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Pearce 79,631 56.23
Democratic John Arthur Smith 61,916 43.72
Green George L. Dewey (as a write-in) 43 0.03
Republican Padraig M. Lynch (as a write-in) 39 0.02
Total votes 141,629 100.0
Republican hold

2004[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2004: New Mexico District 2[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Pearce (incumbent) 130,498 60.20
Democratic Gary King 86,292 39.80
Total votes 216,790 100.0
Republican hold

2006[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2006: New Mexico District 2[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Pearce (incumbent) 92,620 59.42
Democratic Albert Kissling 63,119 40.49
Democratic C. Dean Burk (as a write-in) 135 0.09
Total votes 155,874 100.0
Republican hold

2008[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2008: New Mexico District 2[25]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Harry Teague 129,572 55.96
Republican Edward R. Tinsley 101,980 44.04
Total votes 231,552 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

2010[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2010: New Mexico District 2[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Pearce 94,053 55.40
Democratic Harry Teague (incumbent) 75,709 44.60
Total votes 169,762 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

2012[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2012: New Mexico District 2[27]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Pearce (Incumbent) 133,180 59.06
Democratic Evelyn Madrid Erhard 92,162 40.87
Independent Jack A. McGrann (Write-In) 173 0.8
Total votes 225,515 100.0
Republican hold

2014[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2014: New Mexico District 2[28]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Pearce 95,209 64.43
Democratic Rocky Lara 52,499 35.52
Republican Jack McGrann (Write-In) 69 0.05
Total votes 147,777 100
Republican hold

2016[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2016: New Mexico District 2[29]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve Pearce (Incumbent) 143,514 62.72
Democratic Merrie Lee Soules 85,232 37.25
Republican Jack A McGrann (write in) 70 0.03
Total votes 228,816 100
Republican hold

2018[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2018: New Mexico District 2[30]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Xochitl Torres Small 101,489 50.90
Republican Yvette Herrell 97,767 49.10
Total votes 199,256 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present

Coordinates: 33°23′07″N 106°17′58″W / 33.38528°N 106.29944°W / 33.38528; -106.29944