Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district

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Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district
District 1.png
Boundaries beginning January 2019; below statistics, except PVI, apply to old boundaries
Current Representative Bob Brady (DPhiladelphia)
Distribution
  • 100.00% urban
  • 0.00% rural
Population (2000) 646,357
Median income 28,261
Ethnicity
Cook PVI R+1[1]
The 1st congressional district's boundaries from January 3, 2013 to January 2019

Pennsylvania's first congressional district includes primarily central and South Philadelphia, the City of Chester, the Philadelphia International Airport, and other small sections of Delaware County. The district was strongly Democratic and was plurality black. Bob Brady, the chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, has represented the district since 1998.

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania redrew this district in February 2018 after ruling the previous map unconstitutional; the new district will be similar to the old eighth district, including all of Bucks County and a sliver of Montgomery County, for the 2018 elections and representation thereafter.[2]

One of the main characters of the Netflix original series House of Cards, Peter Russo, is depicted as representing the district in the United States House of Representatives.

List of representatives[edit]

The district was organized from Pennsylvania's At-large congressional district in 1791.

1791–1793: One seat[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
Thomas Fitzsimons.jpg Thomas Fitzsimons Pro-
Administration
March 4, 1791 –
March 3, 1793
Redistricted from the At-large district
Redistricted to the At-large district

The district was organized from Pennsylvania's At-large congressional district in 1795.

1795–1803: One seat[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
No image.svg John Swanwick Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1795 –
August 1, 1798
Died
No image.svg Robert Waln Democratic-
Republican
December 3, 1798 –
March 3, 1801
William-Jones.jpg William Jones Federalist March 4, 1801 –
March 3, 1803
Retired

1803–1823: Three seats, then four[edit]

The district was reorganized in 1803 to have 3 At-large seats on a general ticket. The district was apportioned a fourth seat in 1813, also elected on a general ticket.

Cong
ress
Years Seat A Seat B Seat C Seat D Cong
ress
Representative Party Electoral history Representative Party Electoral history Representative Party Electoral history Representative Party Electoral history
8 March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1805
JosephClay.jpg.

Joseph Clay
Democratic-
Republican

First elected October 12, 1802.

Re-elected October 9, 1804.

Re-elected October 14, 1806.

Resigned.
Jacob Richards Democratic-
Republican

First elected October 12, 1802.

Re-elected October 9, 1804.

Re-elected October 14, 1806.

[Data unknown/missing.]
Michael Leib.jpg.

Michael Leib
Democratic-
Republican

First elected October 12, 1802.

Re-elected October 9, 1804.

Resigned.
8
9 March 4, 1805 –
February 14, 1806
9
February 14, 1806 –
December 8, 1806
Vacant
December 8, 1806 –
March 4, 1807
John Porter Democratic-
Republican
First elected to finish Leib's term.

Re-elected October 14, 1806.

Re-elected October 11, 1808.

[Data unknown/missing.]
10 March 4, 1807 –
March 28, 1808
10
March 28, 1808 –
November 16, 1808
Vacant
November 16, 1808 –
March 3, 1809
Benjamin Say Democratic-
Republican
First elected to finish Clay's term.

Re-elected October 11, 1808.

Resigned.
11 March 4, 1809 –
June 1809
William Anderson Democratic-
Republican

First elected October 11, 1808.

Re-elected October 9, 1810.

Re-elected October 13, 1812.

Lost re-election.
11
June 1809 –
October 10, 1809
Vacant
October 10, 1809 –
March 4, 1811
Adam Seybert Democratic-
Republican
First elected to finish Anderson's term.

Re-elected October 9, 1810.

Re-elected October 13, 1812.

Lost re-election.
12 March 4, 1811 –
March 3, 1813
James Milnor Federalist
Elected October 9, 1810.

[Data unknown/missing.]
12
13 March 4, 1813 –
March 3, 1815
Charles J. Ingersoll Democratic-
Republican

Elected October 13, 1812.

Lost re-election.
John Conard Democratic-
Republican

Elected October 13, 1812.

Retired.
13
14 March 4, 1815 –
May 16, 1815
Joseph Hopkinson.jpg.

Joseph Hopkinson
Federalist
First elected October 11, 1814.

Re-elected October 8, 1816.

Retired.
Thomas Smith Federalist
Elected October 11, 1814.

[Data unknown/missing.]
William Milnor Federalist
Elected October 11, 1814.

[Data unknown/missing.]
USACE Colonel Jonathan Williams.jpg.

Jonathan Williams
Democratic-
Republican

Elected October 11, 1814.

Died.
14
May 16, 1815 –
October 10, 1815
Vacant
October 10, 1815 –
March 3, 1817
JohnSergeant.png John Sergeant Federalist First elected to finish Williams's term.

Re-elected October 8, 1816.

Re-elected October 13, 1818.

Re-elected October 10, 1820.

Retired.
15 March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1819
William Anderson Democratic-
Republican

Elected October 8, 1816.

[Data unknown/missing.]
Adam Seybert Democratic-
Republican

Elected October 8, 1816.

[Data unknown/missing.]
15
16 March 4, 1819 –
March 3, 1821
JosephHemphill.jpg.

Joseph Hemphill
Federalist
First elected October 13, 1818.

Re-elected October 10, 1820.

Redistricted to the 2nd district and won re-election.
Samuel Edwards Federalist
First elected October 13, 1818.

Re-elected October 10, 1820.

Redistricted to the 4th district and won re-election.
Thomas Forrest by Charles Willson Peale 1820.jpg.

Thomas Forrest
Federalist
Elected October 13, 1818.

[Data unknown/missing.]
16
17 March 4, 1821 –
May 8, 1822
William Milnor Federalist
Elected October 10, 1820.

Resigned.
17
May 8, 1822 –
October 8, 1822
Vacant
October 8, 1822 –
March 3, 1823
Thomas Forrest by Charles Willson Peale 1820.jpg.

Thomas Forrest
Federalist Elected to finish Milnor's term, but on the same day lost election to the next term when redistricted to the 3rd district.

1823–present: One seat[edit]

The district was reorganized in 1823 to have one seat.

Representative Party Years Electoral history
Samuel Breck, 1771-1862, in old age.jpg Samuel Breck Adams-Clay
Federalist
March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg John Wurts Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1827
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg Joel B. Sutherland Jacksonian March 4, 1827 –
March 3, 1837
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg Lemuel Paynter Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1841
Retired.
No image.svg Charles Brown Democratic March 4, 1841 –
March 3, 1843
Retired.
No image.svg Edward J. Morris Whig March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
[Data unknown/missing.]
LCLevin-small.jpg Lewis C. Levin American March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1851
Lost re-election.
Thomas Birch Florence.jpg Thomas B. Florence Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1861
Lost re-election.
No image.svg William E. Lehman Democratic March 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1863
Lost re-election.
Samuel J. Randall - Brady-Handy.jpg Samuel J. Randall Democratic March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1875
Redistricted to the 3rd district.
Chapman Freeman - Brady-Handy.jpg Chapman Freeman Republican March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1879
Retired.
Henry Harrison Bingham.png Henry H. Bingham Republican March 4, 1879 –
March 22, 1912
Died.
Vacant March 22, 1912 –
May 24, 1912
WilliamVare.jpg William S. Vare Republican May 24, 1912 –
March 3, 1927
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
No image.svg James M. Hazlett Republican March 4, 1927 –
October 20, 1927
Resigned.
Vacant October 20, 1927 –
November 8, 1927
James M Beck.jpg James M. Beck Republican November 8, 1927 –
March 3, 1933
First elected to finish Hazlett's term.
Redistricted to the 2nd district.
No image.svg Harry C. Ransley Republican March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1937
Lost re-election.
No image.svg Leon Sacks Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1943
Lost re-election.
No image.svg James A. Gallagher Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1945
Lost re-election.
Barrett Wm A.png William A. Barrett Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
Lost re-election.
No image.svg James A. Gallagher Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1949
Lost re-election.
WilliamABarrett.jpg William A. Barrett Democratic January 3, 1949 –
April 12, 1976
Died.
Vacant April 12, 1976 –
November 2, 1976
Michael Myers 95th Congress photo.jpg Michael Myers Democratic November 2, 1976 –
October 2, 1980
Expelled.
Vacant October 2, 1980 –
January 3, 1981
Ambassador Tom Foglietta.jpg Thomas M. Foglietta Democratic January 3, 1981 –
November 11, 1997
Resigned to become U.S. Ambassador to Italy.
Vacant November 11, 1997 –
May 19, 1998
Bobbrady.jpeg Bob Brady Democratic May 19, 1998 –
Present
Redistricted to the 3rd district and retiring in 2018.

Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district[edit]

As of May 2017, one former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district is alive. The most recent representative to die was Thomas M. Foglietta (1981–1997) on November 13, 2004.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Michael Myers 1976–1980 (1943-05-04) May 4, 1943 (age 75)

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2005 - 2013

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. ^ 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: 39°55′40″N 75°12′51″W / 39.92778°N 75.21417°W / 39.92778; -75.21417