Oklahoma's 3rd congressional district
|Oklahoma's 3rd congressional district|
|Current Representative||Frank Lucas (R–Cheyenne)|
|Distribution||50.71% urban, 49.29% rural|
|Ethnicity||83.0% White, 3.8% Black, 0.8% Asian, 5.2% Hispanic, 6.2% Native American, 0.4% other|
Oklahoma's Third Congressional District is the largest congressional district in the state, covering an area of 34,088.49 square miles. The district is bordered by New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, and the Texas panhandle. Altogether, the district includes (in whole or in part) a total of 32 counties.
The district's most high-profile representative was Carl Albert, Speaker of the House from 1971 to 1977.
The district borders New Mexico to the west, Colorado and Kansas to the north, and the Texas panhandle to the south. To the far west, the district includes the three counties of the Oklahoma Panhandle (Cimarron, Texas, Beaver), and also Harper, Ellis, Woodward, Woods, Major, Alfalfa, Grant, Garfield, Kay, Noble, Osage, Pawnee, Creek, Payne, Lincoln, Logan, Kingfisher, Blaine, Canadian, Dewey, Custer, Rogers Mills, Beckham, Washita, Caddo, Kiowa, Greer, Harmon, and Jackson.
Half of the district's inhabitants are urban and 3 percent of adults working in the district use public transportation, ride a bike, or walk. The district's population is 5 percent Latino and 3 percent foreign-born.
Results from recent statewide elections
|2000||President||Bush 66% - 34%|
|2004||President||Bush 72% - 28%|
|2008||President||McCain 73% - 27%|
The political success of the Republican party in the region is tied to the state's settlement patterns. Northwest Oklahoma was settled out of Kansas while southeast was settled by southerners that brought with them Democratic traditions.
George W. Bush received 72 percent of the district's vote in 2004.
List of representatives
Historical district boundaries
- "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
- Representative Frank Lucas, That's My Congress (accessed June 1, 2010).
- Gaddie, Ronald Keith. Republican Party, Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture (accessed February 11, 2010).
- 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