Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district

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Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district
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Boundaries beginning January 2019; below statistics, except PVI, apply to old boundaries
U.S. Representative
  Dan Meuser
RDallas
Distribution
  • 53.11[1]% urban
  • 46.89%% rural
Population (2000)646,628
Median income34,910
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+14[2]

Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district is located in the east central part of the state and encompasses all of Carbon County, Columbia County, Lebanon County, Montour County, and Schuylkill County, as well as parts of Berks County, Luzerne County, and Northumberland County. Much of the district includes Pennsylvania's Coal Region. Republican Dan Meuser represents the district, serving since 2019.

Before 2019, the district was located in the southern part of the state and was a very safe seat for Republicans. According to the Cook Partisan Voting Index, in 2010 the 9th was the most Republican district in Pennsylvania (and the Industrial Midwest), then with a score of R +17. Redistricting slightly increased the number of Democrats in the district, with the addition of majority-Democratic Fayette County as well as some of the Democratic portions of Washington, Greene, Cambria and Westmoreland Counties. In 2014, the long-time Republican incumbent, former businessman Bill Shuster, won 52.8% of the vote in a three-way Republican primary race over retired Coast Guard search and rescue pilot Art Halvorson (34.5%) and livestock farmer Travis Schooley (12.7%). In the 2012 general election, he beat his Democratic opponent, nurse Karen Ramsburg, taking 62% of the vote. In 2010, he won 73% of the vote, and in 2008 won 64%. Shuster was first elected to the district in 2001, effectively inheriting the seat from his father, Bud Shuster, who had held the seat since 1973. Shuster announced in January 2018 that he would retire from Congress at the end of his term, and did not run for re-election in 2018.[3]

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania redrew this district's boundaries in February 2018 after ruling the previous map unconstitutional, also re-assigning the number to a district in east central Pennsylvania–essentially, the successor to the old 11th district–for the 2018 elections and representation thereafter. Meanwhile, the bulk of the old ninth became the new 13th district, and is as Republican as its predecessor.[4]

Presidential voting results[edit]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2008 President McCain 57–42%
2012 President Romney 63–35%
2016 President Trump 69–27%

List of members representing the district[edit]

The district was created in 1795.

1795–1823: One seat[edit]

Representative Party Years District home Electoral history
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Andrew Gregg
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1803
Bellefonte Redistricted from the at-large district and re-elected in 1794.
Re-elected in 1796.
Re-elected in 1798.
Re-elected in 1800.
Redistricted to the 5th district.
John Smilie Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 –
December 30, 1812
[Data unknown/missing.] Redistricted from the 11th district and re-elected in 1802.
Re-elected in 1804.
Re-elected in 1806.
Re-elected in 1808.
Re-elected in 1810.
Redistricted to the 13th district and re-elected in 1812 but died.
Vacant December 30, 1812 –
March 3, 1813
David Bard Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 –
March 12, 1815
Alexandria Redistricted from the 4th district and re-elected in 1812.
Re-elected in 1814.
Died.
Vacant March 12, 1815 –
October 10, 1815
Thomas Burnside Democratic-Republican October 10, 1815 –
April 1816
Milroy Elected to finish Bard's term.
Resigned to become President judge of Luzerne District Courts.
Vacant April, 1816 –
October 8, 1816
William Plunkett Maclay Democratic-Republican October 8, 1816 –
March 3, 1821
Milroy Elected to finish Burnside's term.
Re-elected in 1816.
Retired.
John Brown Democratic-Republican March 4, 1821 –
March 3, 1823
[Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 12th district.

1823–1833: Three seats[edit]

Years Seat A Seat B Seat C
Representative Party District home Electoral history Representative Party District home Electoral history Representative Party District home Electoral history
March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
George Kremer Jackson Democratic-Republican [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.] SamuelMcKean.jpg
Samuel McKean
Jackson Democratic-Republican [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.] William Cox Ellis Jacksonian Federalist [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.]
March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1829
Jacksonian Jacksonian Espy Van Horne Jacksonian [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.]
March 4, 1829 –
March 3, 1831
James Ford Jacksonian [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.] Philander Stephens Jacksonian [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.] Alem Marr Jacksonian [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.]
March 4, 1831 –
March 3, 1833
Lewis Dewart Jacksonian [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.]

1833 – Present: One seat[edit]

Representative Party Years District home Electoral history
Henry A. P. Muhlenberg Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1837
Reading Redistricted from the 7th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Democratic March 4, 1837 –
February 8, 1838
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned when appointed as United States Minister to the Austrian Empire
Vacant February 8, 1838 –
March 17, 1838
George M. Keim Democratic March 17, 1838 –
March 3, 1843
Reading [Data unknown/missing.]
John Ritter Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1847
Reading Retired.
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William Strong
Democratic March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1851
Reading [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired..
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J. Glancy Jones
Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1853
Reading [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired..
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Isaac E. Hiester
Whig March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
Lancaster [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
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Anthony Ellmaker Roberts
Opposition March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
Lancaster [Data unknown/missing.]
Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
Retired.
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Thaddeus Stevens
Republican March 4, 1859 –
August 11, 1868
Lancaster [Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant August 11, 1868 –
December 7, 1868
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Oliver James Dickey
Republican December 7, 1868 –
March 3, 1873
Lancaster Retired.
Abraham Herr Smith - Brady-Handy.jpg
A. Herr Smith
Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1885
Lancaster Unsuccessful candidate for renomination
John A. Hiestand Republican March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1889
Lancaster Unsuccessful for renomination
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David B. Brunner
Democratic March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1893
Reading Retired.
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Constantine J. Erdman
Democratic March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1897
Allentown [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired..
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Daniel Ermentrout
Democratic March 4, 1897 –
September 17, 1899
Reading [Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant September 17, 1899 –
November 7, 1899
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Henry D. Green
Democratic November 7, 1899 –
March 3, 1903
Reading Retired.
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Henry B. Cassel
Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1909
Marietta Redistricted from the 10th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
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William W. Griest
Republican March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1923
Lancaster [Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 10th district.
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Henry Winfield Watson
Republican March 4, 1923 –
August 27, 1933
Langhorne Redistricted from the 8th district.
Died.
Vacant August 27, 1933 –
November 7, 1933
Oliver W. Frey Democratic November 7, 1933 –
January 3, 1939
Allentown [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
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Charles L. Gerlach
Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1945
Allentown [Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 8th district.
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J. Roland Kinzer
Republican January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
Lancaster Redistricted from the 10th district.
Retired.
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Paul B. Dague
Republican January 3, 1947 –
December 30, 1966
Downingtown [Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned.
Vacant December 30, 1966 –
January 3, 1967
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G. Robert Watkins
Republican January 3, 1967 –
August 7, 1970
West Chester Redistricted from the 7th district.
Died.
Vacant August 7, 1970 –
November 3, 1970
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John H. Ware, III
Republican November 3, 1970 –
January 3, 1973
Oxford [Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 5th district.
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Bud Shuster
Republican January 3, 1973 –
February 3, 2001
Everett [Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned.
Vacant February 4, 2001 –
May 15, 2001
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Bill Shuster
Republican May 15, 2001 –
January 3, 2019
Hollidaysburg [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
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Dan Meuser
Republican January 3, 2019 –
present
Dallas Incumbent

Historical district boundaries[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/cd_state.html
  2. ^ "New Pennsylvania Map Is a Major Boost for Democrats". The Cook Political Report. February 20, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Zito, Salena (January 2, 2018). "GOP Rep. Bill Shuster to retire, spend final year working with Trump on massive infrastructure bill". The Washington Examiner. Washington, D.C. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  4. ^ 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°08′30″N 78°40′25″W / 40.14167°N 78.67361°W / 40.14167; -78.67361