Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district

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Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district
 Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district – since January 3, 2013.
Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district – since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative vacant
Distribution 100.00% urban, 0.00% rural
Population (2000) 646,355
Median income $30,646
Ethnicity 30.9% White, 61.2% Black, 4.3% Asian, 3.0% Hispanic, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% other
Cook PVI D+39[1]

Pennsylvania's second congressional district includes several areas of the city of PhiladelphiaWest Philadelphia, North Philadelphia, and Northwest Philadelphia—in addition to parts of South Philadelphia, Center City, and western suburbs such as Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County. Before the 113th Congress, the district did not contain Lower Merion Township but instead contained Cheltenham Township.

The district has an overwhelming Democratic majority. With the 113th Congress, it is the third most Democratic Congressional District out of the 435 in the nation, according to the Cook Partisan Voting Index, with a score of D +39. It is also the most Democratic district outside of New York.

Congressman Chaka Fattah represented the district from 1995 to 2016. On July 29, 2015, Fattah and a group of associates were indicted on federal charges related to their alleged roles in a racketeering and influence peddling conspiracy.[2][3] On April 26, 2016, Dwight E. Evans toppled Fattah in a competitive Democratic primary election.[4] Fattah resigned effective immediately June 23, 2016.[5]

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
Frederick Muhlenberg.jpg Frederick Muhlenberg Anti-
Administration
March 4, 1791 –
March 3, 1793
Redistricted from the At-large district, and
re-elected in 1790.

Redistricted to the At-large district.

1795–1843: multiple seats[edit]

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

Two additional seats were added in 1803. The third seat was eliminated in 1813, and the second seat eliminated in 1823. In 1833, the second seat was restored. In 1843, it returned to being a single-member district.

Congress Years   Seat A   Seat B   Seat C
Representative Party Electoral history Representative Party Electoral history Representative Party Electoral history
4th March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1797
Frederick Muhlenberg.jpg Frederick Muhlenberg Democratic-
Republican
Redistricted from the at-large district, and re-elected here in 1794.

Retired.
No second seat No third seat
5th March 4, 1797 –
March 3, 1799
Blair McClenachan Democratic-
Republican
Elected in 1796.

Retired or lost re-election.
6th March 4, 1799 –
March 3, 1801
Michael Leib.jpg Michael Leib Democratic-
Republican
First elected in 1798.
7th March 4, 1801 –
March 3, 1803
Re-elected in 1800.

Redistricted to the 1st district.
8th March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1805
Robert Brown Democratic-
Republican
Redistricted from the 4th district, and re-elected here in 1802. Frederick Conrad Democratic-
Republican
First elected in 1802. Isaac Van Horne Democratic-
Republican
Redistricted from the 4th district, and re-elected here in 1802.

Retired or lost re-election.
9th March 4, 1805 –
March 3, 1807
Re-elected in 1804. Re-elected in 1804.

Retired or lost re-election.
John Pugh Democratic-
Republican
First elected in 1804.
10th March 4, 1807 –
March 3, 1809
Re-elected in 1806. William Milnor Federalist First elected in 1806. Re-elected in 1806.

Lost re-election.
11th March 4, 1809 –
March 3, 1811
Re-elected in 1808. Re-elected in 1808.

Retired or lost re-election.
John Ross Democratic-
Republican
Retired or lost re-election.
12th March 4, 1811 –
March 3, 1813
Re-elected in 1810.

Redistricted to the 6th district.
JonathanRoberts.jpg Jonathan Roberts Democratic-
Republican
First elected in 1810. William Rodman Democratic-
Republican
Elected in 1810.

Retired or lost re-election.
13th March 4, 1813 –
February 24, 1814
Roger Davis Democratic-
Republican
Redistricted from the 3rd district, and re-elected here in 1812.

Retired or lost re-election.
Re-elected in 1812.

Resigned when elected U.S. Senator.
No third seat
February 24, 1814 –
October 11, 1814
Vacant
October 11, 1814 –
March 3, 1815
Samuel Henderson Federalist Elected to finish Roberts's term in 1814.

Retired or lost re-election.
14th March 4, 1815 –
March 3, 1817
William Darlington by John Neagle ca-1825.jpg William Darlington Democratic-
Republican
Elected in 1814.

Retired or lost re-election.
John Hahn Democratic-
Republican
Elected in 1814.

Retired or lost re-election.
15th March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1819
Isaac Darlington Federalist Elected in 1816.

Retired.
Levi Pawling Federalist Elected in 1816.

Retired or lost re-election.
16th March 4, 1819 –
March 3, 1821
William Darlington by John Neagle ca-1825.jpg William Darlington Democratic-
Republican
First elected in 1818. Samuel Gross Democratic-
Republican
First elected in 1818.
17th March 4, 1821 –
March 3, 1823
Re-elected in 1820.

Retired or lost re-election.
Re-elected in 1820.

Retired or lost re-election.
18th March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
JosephHemphill.jpg Joseph Hemphill Jacksonian Federalist Redistricted from the 1st district, and re-elected here in 1822. No second seat
19th March 4, 1825 –
1826
Re-elected in 1824.

Resigned.
1826 –
October 26, 1826
Vacant
October 26, 1826 –
March 3, 1827
Thomas Kittera Adams Elected to finish Hemphill's term in 1826.

Lost re-election.
20th March 4, 1827 –
March 3, 1829
JohnsergeantPA.jpg John Sergeant Adams Elected in 1826.

Lost re-election.
21st March 4, 1829 –
March 3, 1831
JosephHemphill.jpg Joseph Hemphill Jacksonian Elected in 1828.

Retired or lost re-election.
22nd March 4, 1831 –
March 3, 1833
Henry Horn Jacksonian Elected in 1830.

Lost re-election.
23rd March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1835
Horace Binney cph.3a01817.jpg Horace Binney Anti-
Jacksonian
Elected in 1832.

Retired or lost re-election.
Hon. James Harper Gutekunst photo.jpg James Harper Anti-
Jacksonian
First elected in 1832.
24th March 4, 1835 –
March 3, 1837
Appletons' Ingersoll Jared - Joseph Reed.jpg Joseph R. Ingersoll Anti-
Jacksonian
Elected in 1834.

Retired.
Re-elected in 1834.

Retired or lost re-election.
25th March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
JohnsergeantPA.jpg John Sergeant Whig First elected in 1836. George W. Toland Whig First elected in 1836.
26th March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1841
Re-elected in 1838. Re-elected in 1838.
27th March 3, 1841 –
September 15, 1841
Re-elected in 1840.

Resigned.
Re-elected in 1840.

Retired or lost re-election.
September 15, 1841 –
October 12, 1841
Vacant
October 12, 1841 –
March 3, 1843
Appletons' Ingersoll Jared - Joseph Reed.jpg Joseph R. Ingersoll Whig Elected in 1841 to finish Sergeant's term.

1843–present: One seat[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
Appletons' Ingersoll Jared - Joseph Reed.jpg Joseph R. Ingersoll Whig March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1849
Declined to accept renomination.
Joseph R. Chandler Whig March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1855
Lost re-election.
Job R. Tyson Whig March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Edward J. Morris Whig March 4, 1857 –
June 8, 1861
Resigned to become U.S. Minister to the Ottoman Empire.
Vacant June 8, 1861 –
July 2, 1861
Charles John Biddle by Robert Cornelius c1840.jpg Charles J. Biddle Democratic July 2, 1861 –
March 4, 1863
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Charles ONeill - Brady-Handy.jpg Charles O'Neill Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1871
Lost re-election.
John V. Creely Republican March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1873
Disappeared on his way to the December 1871 Congressional session.
Charles ONeill - Brady-Handy.jpg Charles O'Neill Republican March 4, 1873 –
November 25, 1893
Died.
Vacant November 25, 1893 –
December 19, 1893
Robert Adams Jr.jpg Robert Adams, Jr. Republican December 19, 1893 –
June 1, 1906
Died by suicide.
Vacant June 1, 1906 –
November 6, 1906
John Edgar Reyburn (Pennsylvania Congressman Philadelphia Mayor).jpg John E. Reyburn Republican November 6, 1906 –
March 31, 1907
Resigned to become Mayor of Philadelphia.
Vacant March 31, 1907 –
November 5, 1907
Joel Cook.jpg Joel Cook Republican November 5, 1907 –
December 15, 1910
Died.
Vacant December 15, 1910 –
May 23, 1911
WilliamSReyburn.jpg William S. Reyburn Republican May 23, 1911 –
March 3, 1913
Declined to run for re-election.
Nypl.digitalcollections.510d47df-cec7-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99.001.w.jpg George S. Graham Republican March 4, 1913 –
July 4, 1931
Died.
Vacant July 4, 1931 –
November 3, 1931
Edward L. Stokes Republican November 3, 1931 –
March 3, 1933
Redistricted to the 6th district.
James M Beck.jpg James M. Beck Republican March 3, 1933 –
September 30, 1934
Redistricted from the 1st district.
Resigned to object to the New Deal.
Vacant September 30, 1934 –
January 3, 1935
William H. Wilson Republican January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1937
Lost re-election.
James P McGranery cropped.jpg James P. McGranery Democratic January 3, 1937 –
November 17, 1943
Resigned to become United States Assistant Attorney General.
Vacant November 17, 1943 –
January 18, 1944
Joseph M. Pratt Republican January 18, 1944 –
January 3, 1945
Redistricted to the 3rd district.
Lost re-election in the 3rd district.
William T. Granahan.jpg William T. Granahan Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
Lost re-election.
Robert N. McGarvey Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1949
Lost re-election.
William T. Granahan.jpg William T. Granahan Democratic January 3, 1949 –
May 25, 1956
Died.
Vacant May 25, 1956 –
November 6, 1956
Kathryn Granahan.jpg Kathryn E. Granahan Democratic November 6, 1956 –
January 3, 1963
First elected in 1956 (see Widow's succession).
Robert Nix, Sr..jpg Robert N.C. Nix, Sr. Democratic January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1979
Redistricted from the 4th district.
William Herbert Gray.jpg William H. Gray Democratic January 3, 1979 –
September 11, 1991
Resigned to serve as President of the United Negro College Fund.
Vacant September 11, 1991 –
November 5, 1991
Lucien Blackwell.jpg Lucien E. Blackwell Democratic November 5, 1991 –
January 3, 1995
Lost renomination.
Chaka Fattah official House photo.jpg Chaka Fattah Democratic January 3, 1995 –
June 23, 2016
Lost renomination.
Resigned due to conviction of corruption charges.
Vacant June 23, 2016 –
present

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2005 – 2013

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Coordinates: 40°00′55″N 75°13′20″W / 40.01528°N 75.22222°W / 40.01528; -75.22222