Pennsylvania's 17th congressional district

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Pennsylvania's 17th congressional district
District 17.png
Boundaries beginning January 2019
Current Representative Matthew Cartwright (DMoosic)
Cook PVI R+3[1]
The 17th congressional district's boundaries from January 3, 2013 to January 2019

Pennsylvania's 17th congressional district is represented by Democrat Matthew Cartwright. The district encompasses Schuylkill County and portions of Carbon, Monroe, Luzerne, Lackawanna, and Northampton counties.

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled that the map violated the state constitution and redrew it in February 2018. What was the 17th district will be modified to become the 8th district, and the old 12th district will likewise become the 17th, for the 2018 elections and representation thereafter.[2][3] The new map, beginning in 2019, will include all of Beaver County and most of western Allegheny County.

Election results from recent presidential races[edit]

Year Results
2008 Obama 57 - 42%
2012 Obama 55 - 43%
2016 Trump 54 - 43%

List of representatives[edit]

Because congressional districts are reconfigured and renumbered every 10 years (and occasionally at other times), the following chart displays each time Pennsylvania's districts were changed.

Representative Party Years Electoral history Counties
District Created in 1823
George Plumer Jacksonian
Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
Redistricted from the 11th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
[Data unknown/missing.]
Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1827
No image.svg Richard Coulter Jacksonian March 4, 1827 –
March 3, 1833
Redistricted to the 19th district.
No image.svg John Laporte Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1837
Retired. [Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg Samuel Wells Morris Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1841
Retired.
No image.svg Davis Dimock, Jr. Democratic March 4, 1841 –
January 13, 1842
Died.
Vacant January 13, 1842 –
March 18, 1842
No image.svg Almon H. Read Democratic March 18, 1842 –
March 3, 1843
Redistricted to the 12th district.
James Irvin.jpg James Irvin Whig March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
Redistricted from the 14th district [Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg John Blanchard Whig March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1849
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg Samuel Calvin Whig March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1851
Retired.
No image.svg Andrew Parker Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1853
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg Samuel L. Russell Whig March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
Retired. [Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg David Fullerton Robison Opposition March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
Lost re-election.
No image.svg Wilson Reilly Democratic March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
Lost re-election.
Edward McPherson.jpg Edward McPherson Republican March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1863
Lost re-election.
No image.svg Archibald McAllister Democratic March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1865
Retired. [Data unknown/missing.]
Abraham A. Baker.jpg Abraham A. Barker Republican March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1867
Lost re-election.
Daniel Johnson Morrell - Brady-Handy.jpg Daniel J. Morrell Republican March 4, 1867 –
March 3, 1871
Lost re-election.
Robert Milton Speer (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg Robert M. Speer Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1875
Retired.
[Data unknown/missing.]
John Reilly (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg John Reilly Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
Lost re-election. [Data unknown/missing.]
Jacob Miller Campbell - Brady-Handy.jpg Jacob M. Campbell Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1879
Lost re-election.
Alexander H Coffrotts.jpg Alexander H. Coffroth Democratic March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1881
[Data unknown/missing.]
Jacob Miller Campbell - Brady-Handy.jpg Jacob M. Campbell Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1883
Lost re-election.
March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1887
[Data unknown/missing.]
Edward Scull (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg Edward Scull Republican March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1889
Redistricted to the 20th Congressional District.
Charles R. Buckalew - Brady-Handy.jpg Charles R. Buckalew Democratic March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
Redistricted from the 11th district. [Data unknown/missing.]
Simon P. Wolverton (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg Simon Peter Wolverton Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
[Data unknown/missing.]
Edward McPherson.jpg Simon Peter Wolverton Democratic March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1895
Retired. [Data unknown/missing.]
Monroe H. Kulp (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg Monroe Henry Kulp Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1899
Lost re-election.
Rufus K. Polk.jpg Rufus King Polk Democratic March 4, 1899 –
March 5, 1902
Died.
Vacant March 5, 1902 –
November 4, 1902
No image.svg Alexander Billmeyer Democratic November 4, 1902 –
March 3, 1903
Retired.
Thaddeus Maclay Mahon.jpg Thaddeus Maclay Mahon Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1907
Redistricted from the 18th district.
Retired.
[Data unknown/missing.]
BenjaminKFocht.jpg Benjamin K. Focht Republican March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1913
Lost re-election.
Edward McPherson.jpg Franklin Lewis Dershem Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
Lost re-election [Data unknown/missing.]
BenjaminKFocht.jpg Benjamin K. Focht Republican March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1923
Lost re-election.
HerbertWesleyCummings.jpg Herbert W. Cummings Democratic March 4, 1923 –
March 3, 1925
Lost re-election [Data unknown/missing.]
Frederick William Magrady.jpg Frederick W. Magrady Republican March 4, 1925 –
March 3, 1933
Lost re-election.
J. William Ditter.jpg J. William Ditter Republican March 4, 1933 –
November 21, 1943
Died. [Data unknown/missing.]
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant November 21, 1943 –
January 18, 1944
Samuel K. McConnell Jr. (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg Samuel K. McConnell, Jr. Republican January 18, 1944 –
January 3, 1945
Redistricted to the 16th district.
Richard Murray Simpson.jpg Richard M. Simpson Republican January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1953
From and to the 18th district [Data unknown/missing.]
Alvin Ray Bush.jpg Alvin Bush Republican January 3, 1953 –
November 5, 1959
Redistricted from the 15th district.
Died.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant November 5, 1959 –
April 26, 1960
Schneebeli Herman.png Herman T. Schneebeli Republican April 26, 1960 –
January 3, 1977
Retired.
[Data unknown/missing.]
[Data unknown/missing.]
Allen Ertel.png Allen E. Ertel Democratic January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1983
Retired.
George Gekas.jpg George Gekas Republican January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 2003
Lost re-election. [Data unknown/missing.]
[Data unknown/missing.]
Tim Holden.jpg Tim Holden Democratic January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2013
Redistricted from the 6th district.
Lost renomination.
Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, Perry, Schuylkill
Matt Cartwright, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg Matt Cartwright Democratic January 3, 2013 –
present
First elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Redistricted to the 8th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]

Counties and municipalities within the district 2005–2013[edit]

Berks County: Townships of Alsace, Bern (Districts 1 and 2), Bethel, Centre, Earl (District 1), Greenwich, Heidelberg, Jefferson, Maidencreek, Marion, Muhlenberg (Districts 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8), North Heidelberg, Oley, Ontelaunee, Penn, Perry, Pike, Richmond, Rockland, Ruscombmanor, Tilden, Tulpehocken, Upper Bern, Upper Tulpehocken, and Windsor; Boroughs of Bernville, Centerport, Fleetwood, Hamburg, Laureldale, Leesport, Lenhartsville, Lyons, Robesonia, Shoemakersville, Strausstown, and Womelsdorf.

Dauphin County: all

Lebanon County: all

Perry County: Townships of Buffalo, Centre, Juniata, Miller, Oliver (all blocks except 6999 of tract 030200), Penn, Spring, Tuscarora, Watts, and Wheatfield; Boroughs of Bloomfield, Duncannon, New Buffalo, and Newport (District 1)

Schuylkill County: all

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Pennsylvania Map Is a Major Boost for Democrats". The Cook Political Report. February 20, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Pennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down state's congressional districts". CBS News. 2018 CBS Interactive Inc. CBS News. January 24, 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018. 
  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. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°53′08″N 75°47′50″W / 40.88556°N 75.79722°W / 40.88556; -75.79722