Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district

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Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district
Pennsylvania Congressional District 8.png
Boundaries beginning January 2019; below statistics, except PVI, apply to old boundaries
U.S. RepresentativeBrian Fitzpatrick (RBucks County)
Distribution
  • 90.73% urban
  • 9.27% rural
Population (2000)646,403
Median income59,207
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+1[1]

Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district serves Bucks County, along with portions of Montgomery County, in Pennsylvania. Republican Brian Fitzpatrick has represented this district since 2017, but is being redistricted to the 1st congressional district.

The district has been primarily based in Bucks County since the 1940s, even as most other districts in Pennsylvania have changed drastically due to population shifts and Pennsylvania's loss of seats in the House. [2]

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania redrew the district in February 2018 after ruling the previous map unconstitutional, also reassigning the number to a district in the northeastern part of the state for the 2018 elections and representation thereafter. Most of the 8th will be the successor to the old 17th district that included ancestrally Democratic cities of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre in the Wyoming Valley along with the addition of the more conservative counties of Pike and Wayne.[3] The district is rated slightly Republican with a Cook PVI of R+1; however, the Democratic incumbent of the 17th, Matthew Cartwright, won in 2018.[4]

District characteristics[edit]

The district is a mix of suburban and rural communities. It is predominantly white and middle class. The bulk of its population is located in the ancestrally Democratic cities of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. However, the Democrats in this district are not as liberal as their counterparts in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The old 17th swung from a 55-43 win for Barack Obama to a 54-43 win for Donald Trump--the first time much of this area had voted for a Republican since 1988.

Election results[edit]

US House election, 2004: Pennsylvania District 8
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Fitzpatrick 183,229 55 -9
Democratic Virginia Schrader 143,427 44 +7
Libertarian Arthur L. Farnsworth 3,710 1 +1
Constitution Erich Lukas 898 0.3 +0.3
Turnout 331,264
US House election, 2006: Pennsylvania District 8
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Patrick Murphy 125,667 50 +6
Republican Mike Fitzpatrick 124,146 50 -5
Turnout 249,813
US House election, 2008: Pennsylvania District 8
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Patrick Murphy 197,869 57 +7
Republican Tom Manion 145,103 42 -8
Independent Tom Lingenfelter 5,543 2
Turnout 348,515
US House election, 2010: Pennsylvania District 8
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Fitzpatrick 126,404 54 +12
Democratic Patrick Murphy 109,157 46 -11
Turnout 235,561
US House election, 2012: Pennsylvania District 8[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Fitzpatrick 199,379 56.6 +2.6
Democratic Kathy Boockvar 152,859 43.4 -2.6
Turnout 352,238
US House election, 2014: Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Fitzpatrick (Incumbent) 137,731 61.90
Democratic Kevin Strouse 84,767 38.10
Turnout 222,498

List of representatives[edit]

1791–1793: One seat[edit]

District created in 1791 from Pennsylvania's At-large congressional district

Representative Party Years Note
William Findley.jpg William Findley Anti-Administration March 4, 1791 – March 3, 1793 Redistricted to At-large district

District redistricted in 1793 to Pennsylvania's At-large congressional district

1795–1813: One seat[edit]

District created in 1795 from Pennsylvania's at-large congressional district.

Representative Party Years Note
Thomas Hartley 1748-1800.png Thomas Hartley Federalist March 4, 1795 –
December 21, 1800
Redistricted from the at-large district.
Retired and then died.
Vacant December 21, 1800 –
January 15, 1801
John Stewart Democratic-Republican January 15, 1801 –
March 3, 1803
Elected to the next term and to finish Hartley's term.
Redistricted to the 6th district.
William Findley.jpg William Findley Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1813
Redistricted to the 11th district.
William Piper Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 –
March 3, 1817
Redistricted from the 7th district.
Alexander Ogle Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1819
Retired.
Robert Philson Democratic-Republican March 4, 1819 –
March 3, 1821
[Data unknown/missing.]
John Tod Democratic-Republican March 4, 1821 –
March 3, 1823
Redistricted to the 13th district.

1823–1833: Two seats[edit]

Seat A[edit]

Representative Party Years Note
Thomas Jones Rogers Jackson DR March 4, 1823 – April 20, 1824 Redistricted from the 6th District, Resigned
Vacant April 20, 1824 – December 9, 1824
George Wolf.jpg George Wolf Jacksonian DR December 9, 1824 – March 3, 1825
Jacksonian March 4, 1825 – ????, 1829 Resigned before the convening of the 21st Congress
Samuel A. Smith Jacksonian October 13, 1829 – March 3, 1833

Seat B[edit]

Representative Party Years Note
SIng.jpg Samuel Delucenna Ingham Jacksonian DR March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1825 Redistricted from 6th District
Jacksonian March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1829 Resigned before the convening of the 21st Congress
Peter Ihrie, Jr. Jacksonian October 13, 1829 – March 3, 1833

1833–present: One seat[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history District location
Henry King Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1835
Redistricted from 7th District.
Retired.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Edward Burd Hubley Jacksonian March 4, 1835 –
March 3, 1837
[Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.]
Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
[Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.]
Peter Newhard Democratic March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1843
Retired. [Data unknown/missing.]
Jeremiah Brown Whig March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
Redistricted from 4th District.
Retired.
[Data unknown/missing.]
John Strohm Whig March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1849
[Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.]
Thaddeus Stevens -c1863.jpg Thaddeus Stevens Whig March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1853
[Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.]
Henry A. Muhlenberg Democratic March 4, 1853 –
January 9, 1854
Died. [Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant January 9, 1854 –
February 4, 1854
[Data unknown/missing.]
J. Glancy Jones.jpg J. Glancy Jones Democratic February 4, 1854 –
October 30, 1858
Resigned to become United States Minister to Austria. [Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant October 30, 1858 –
December 7, 1858
[Data unknown/missing.]
WHKeim.jpg William H. Keim Republican December 7, 1858 –
March 3, 1859
[Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.]
John Schwartz Anti-Lecompton Democrat March 4, 1859 –
June 20, 1860
Died. [Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant June 20, 1860 –
December 3, 1860
[Data unknown/missing.]
Jacob K. McKenty Democratic December 3, 1860 –
March 3, 1861
Retired. [Data unknown/missing.]
Sydenham Elnathan Ancona - Brady-Handy.jpg Sydenham E. Ancona Democratic March 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1867
Lost renomination [Data unknown/missing.]
JamesLawrenceGetz.jpg James L. Getz Democratic March 4, 1867 –
March 3, 1873
Retired. [Data unknown/missing.]
Hiester Clymer Brady-Handy.jpg Hiester Clymer Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1881
[Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.]
DanielErmentrout.jpg Daniel Ermentrout Democratic March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1889
Lost renomination [Data unknown/missing.]
William Mutchler (Congressman from Pennsylvania).jpg William Mutchler Democratic March 4, 1889 –
June 23, 1893
Died. [Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant June 23, 1893 –
August 7, 1893
[Data unknown/missing.]
Howard Mutchler (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg Howard Mutchler Democratic August 7, 1893 –
March 3, 1895
Retired. [Data unknown/missing.]
Joseph Johnson Hart (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg Joseph J. Hart Democratic March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1897
Retired. [Data unknown/missing.]
William Sebring Kirkpatrick, 1844-1932.jpg William S. Kirkpatrick Republican March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1899
Lost reelection [Data unknown/missing.]
Laird H. Barber (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg Laird H. Barber Democratic March 4, 1899 –
March 3, 1901
Retired. [Data unknown/missing.]
Howard Mutchler (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg Howard Mutchler Democratic March 4, 1901 –
March 3, 1903
Retired. [Data unknown/missing.]
IrvingPWanger.jpg Irving P. Wanger Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1911
Redistricted from 7th District.
Lost reelection
[Data unknown/missing.]
Robert E. Difenderfer Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 3, 1915
Lost renomination [Data unknown/missing.]
HenryWWatson.jpg Henry W. Watson Republican March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1923
Redistricted to Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district. [Data unknown/missing.]
Thomas S. Butler (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg Thomas S. Butler Republican March 4, 1923 –
May 26, 1928
Redistricted from 7th District.
Died.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant May 26, 1928 –
November 6, 1928
[Data unknown/missing.]
JamesPaineWolfenden.jpg James Wolfenden Republican November 6, 1928 –
January 3, 1945
Redistricted to Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district. [Data unknown/missing.]
CharlesLGerlach.jpg Charles L. Gerlach Republican January 3, 1945 –
May 5, 1947
Redistricted from 9th District.
Died.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant May 5, 1947 –
September 9, 1947
[Data unknown/missing.]
Franklin H. Lichtenwalter.jpg Franklin H. Lichtenwalter Republican September 9, 1947 –
January 3, 1951
[Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.]
Albert Clinton Vaughn (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg Albert C. Vaughn Republican January 3, 1951 –
September 1, 1951
Died. [Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant September 1, 1951 –
November 6, 1951
[Data unknown/missing.]
Karl C. King.jpg Karl C. King Republican November 6, 1951 –
January 3, 1957
Retired. [Data unknown/missing.]
Willard S. Curtin.jpg Willard S. Curtin Republican January 3, 1957 –
January 3, 1967
Retired. [Data unknown/missing.]
EGBiester.png Edward G. Biester, Jr. Republican January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1977
Retired. [Data unknown/missing.]
Peter Kostmeyer.png Peter H. Kostmayer Democratic January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1981
Lost re-election. [Data unknown/missing.]
JKCoyneIII.png James K. Coyne, III Republican January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1983
Lost re-election. [Data unknown/missing.]
Peter Kostmeyer.png Peter H. Kostmayer Democratic January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1993
Lost re-election. [Data unknown/missing.]
Jim Greenwood.jpg James C. Greenwood Republican January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 2005
Retired. [Data unknown/missing.]
Mike Fitzpatrick, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Mike Fitzpatrick Republican January 3, 2005 –
January 3, 2007
Lost re-election. CongressionalDistrict8.png
2005 – 2013
Patrick J. Murphy official portrait.jpg Patrick Murphy Democratic January 3, 2007 –
January 3, 2011
Lost re-election.
Mike Fitzpatrick, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Mike Fitzpatrick Republican January 3, 2011 –
January 3, 2017
Retired.
Pennsylvania US Congressional District 8 (since 2013).tif
2013 – 2019
Brian Fitzpatrick official congressional photo.jpg Brian Fitzpatrick Republican January 3, 2017 –
January 3, 2019.
First elected in 2016.
Redistricted to the 1st district.
Matt Cartwright, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg Matt Cartwright Democratic Term in new district starting January 3, 2019 Redistricted from the 17th district. Pennsylvania Congressional District 8.png
From 2019

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Pennsylvania Map Is a Major Boost for Democrats". The Cook Political Report. February 20, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "Congressional Interactive District Map". Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  3. ^ Cohn, Nate; Bloch, Matthew; Quealy, Kevin (February 19, 2018). "The New Pennsylvania House Districts Are In. We Review the Mapmakers' Choices". The Upshot. The New York Times. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "Battle for the House 2018". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  5. ^ "2012 General Election—Official Returns". Pennsylvania Department of State. 2012-11-06. Archived from the original on 2012-11-16. Retrieved 2013-01-01.
  6. ^ "Pennsylvania 2014 General Election - November 4, 2014 Official Results". Pennsylvania Secretary of State. November 4, 2014. Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2015.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°20′10″N 75°09′04″W / 40.33611°N 75.15111°W / 40.33611; -75.15111