California's 50th congressional district

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California's 50th congressional district
Map
Interactive map of district boundaries since 2023 (Used in the 2022 elections)
Representative
  Scott Peters
DSan Diego
Population (2022)748,969[1]
Median household
income
$108,881[2]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+14[3]

California's 50th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of California, and encompasses parts of the Mid-Coast and northeastern parts of San Diego County. Scott Peters is currently the U.S. representative for California's 50th congressional district.

The district is currently in San Diego County. It includes coastal and central portions of the city of San Diego, including neighborhoods such as Carmel Valley, La Jolla, Point Loma and Downtown San Diego; the San Diego suburbs of Poway and Coronado; and the campuses of schools such as the University of California, San Diego (partial), Point Loma Nazarene University, the University of San Diego, and various colleges of the San Diego Community College District.[4] Much of this territory was in the 52nd district from 2013 to 2023.

From 2003 through 2013, California's 52nd consisted of many of San Diego's northern and eastern suburbs, including Santee, Lakeside, Poway, Ramona, La Mesa, Alpine, Winter Gardens, Borrego Springs, and Spring Valley. Due to redistricting after the 2010 United States census, much of this area is now part of the 50th district.

Despite being indicted by a federal grand jury for misusing campaign funds, Duncan D. Hunter narrowly won re-election in this district in 2018.[5] On December 3, 2019, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy misuse of campaign funds, and it was expected he would resign before being sentenced on March 17, 2020.[6] On January 7, 2020, he submitted letters of resignation to both Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Governor of California Gavin Newsom indicating that his resignation would take effect at close of business on January 13.[7] A day later, Newsom's office stated that there would be no special election to fill the seat, and so it remained vacant until being filled in January 2021, as a result of the regularly scheduled 2020 election.[7] Ammar Campa-Najjar, the Democratic nominee for the seat in 2018, and Republican Darrell Issa, who formerly represented California's 49th congressional district, competed in this election. Issa won the seat by 8 points.

Recent results from statewide elections[edit]

Election results from statewide races
Year Office Results
1992 President[8] Clinton 48.8% – 30.0%
Senator[9] Boxer 49.8% – 39.0%
Senator (Special)[9] Feinstein 54.5% – 35.6%
1994 Governor[10] Wilson 50.6% – 44.1%
Senator[11] Feinstein 44.4% - 40.0%
1996 President[12] Clinton 59.7% - 32.3%
1998 Governor[13] Davis 63.4% - 32.1%
Senator[14] Boxer 59.0% – 36.1%
2000 President[15] Gore 59.0% – 37.2%
Senator[16] Feinstein 64.4% – 27.8%
2002 Governor[17] Simon 55.6% – 37.3%
2003 Recall[18][19] Yes Yes 68.0% – 32.0%
Schwarzenegger 63.1% – 20.3%
2004 President[20] Bush 55.2% – 43.9%
Senator[21] Jones 48.2% – 48.1%
2006 Governor[22] Schwarzenegger 69.9% – 26.3%
Senator[23] Feinstein 50.8% – 45.2%
2008 President[24] Obama 51.3% – 47.1%
2010 Governor[25] Whitman 55.2% – 39.8%
Senator[26] Fiorina 55.2% – 39.8%
2012 President[27] Romney 60.4% – 37.6%
Senator[28] Emken 60.5% – 39.5%
2014 Governor[29] Kashkari 64.0% – 36.0%
2016 President[30] Trump 54.6% – 39.6%
Senator[31] Harris 54.9% – 45.1%
2018 Governor[32] Cox 59.1% – 40.9%
Lieutenant Governor[33][34] Kounalakis 59.7% – 40.3%
Secretary of State[35][36] Meuser 56.4% – 43.6%
Controller[37][38] Roditis 55.6% – 44.4%
Treasurer[39][40] Conlon 56.7% – 43.3%
Attorney General[41][42] Bailey 57.5% – 42.5%
Insurance Commissioner[43][44] Poizner 62.4% – 37.6%
Board of Equalization, 4th District[45][46] Anderson 59.8% – 40.2%
Senator[47] de León 52.1% – 47.9%
2020 President[48] Trump 52.7% – 45.0%
2021 Recall[49] Yes Yes 58.7% – 41.3%
2022 Governor[50] Newsom 61.0% – 39.0%
Senator[51] Padilla 62.7% – 37.3%
Senator (Special)[52] Padilla 62.7% – 37.3%

Composition[edit]

# County Seat Population
73 San Diego San Diego 3,286,069

As of the 2020 redistricting, California's 50th congressional district is located in Southern California. It encompasses most of the South Bay region of San Diego County.

San Diego County is split between this district, the 48th district, the 49th district, the 51st district, and 52nd district. The 50th and 48th are partitioned by Gopher Canyon Rd, Escondido Freeway, Mountain Meadow Rd, Hidden Meadows, Reidy Cyn, N Broadway, Cougar Pass Rd, Adagio Way, Calle Ricardo, Tatas Place, Rue Montreux, Jesmond Dene Rd, Ivy Dell Ln, N Centre City Parkway, Highway 15, Richland Rd, Vista Canal, Woodland Parkway, W El Norte Parkway, Bennett Ave, Elser Ln, Nordahl Rd, Calavo Dr, Deodar Rd, Highway 78, Barham Dr, 2315-2339 Meyers Ave, Hill Valley Dr, County Club Dr, Auto Park Way, Highway 56, N Centre City Parkway, W Valley Parkway, N Juniper St, Highway 78, N Hickory St, E Mission Ave, Martin Dr, E Lincoln Ave, N Ash St, E Grand Ave, Bear Valley Parkway, Old Guerjito Rd, San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park, San Pasqual Trails Openspace, San Dieguito River Park, Bandy Canyon Rd, Santa Maria Creek, Highland Valley Rd, West Ridge Trail, Palmer Dr/Summerfield Ln, Pomerado Rd, and Carmel Mountain Ranch Openspace.

The 50th and 49th are partitioned by Gopher Canyon Rd, Camino Cantera, Corre Camino, Tierra del Cielo, Elevado Rd, Vista Grande Dr, Warmlands Ave, Queens Way, Canciones del Cielo, Camino Loma Verde, Alessandro Trail, Friendly Dr, Edgehill Rd, Catalina Heights Way, Deeb Ct, Foothill Dr, Clarence Dr, Highway S14, Smilax Rd, Poinsetta Ave, W San Marcos Blvd, Diamond Trail Preserve, S Rancho Santa Rd, San Elijo Rd, Rancho Summitt Dr, Escondido Creek, El Camino del Norte, San Elijo Lagoon, Highland Dr, Avacado Pl, Jimmy Durante Blvd, San Dieguito Dr, 8th St, Nob Ave, Highway S21, and the San Diego Northern Railway.

The 50th and 51st are partitioned by Camino del Norte, Highway 15, Carmel Mountain Rd, Ted Williams Parkway, Del Mar Mesa Openspace, Los Penasquitos Creek, Inland Freeway, Governor Dr, Pavlov Ave, Stetson Ave, Millikin Ave, Regents Rd, Ducommun Ave, Bunch Ave, Branting St, Streseman St, Pennant Way, Highway 52, San Diego Freeway, Sea World Dr, Friars Rd, Kumeyaay Highway, and Highway 805.

The 50th and 52nd are partitioned by Iowa St, University Ave, Inland Freeway, Escondido Freeway, Martin Luther King Jr Freeway, John J Montgomery Freeway, and San Diego Bay.

The 50th district takes in the cities of Coronado, San Marcos, and southern Escondido, as well as the San Diego neighborhoods of San Pasqual, Rancho Bernardo, La Jolla, Point Loma, University City, Torrey Pines, Mission Beach, North Park, Hillcrest, South Park, Golden Hill, Pacific Beach, Carmel Valley, Pacific Highlands Ranch, and Black Mountain Ranch.

Cities & CDP with 10,000 or more people[edit]

List of members representing the district[edit]

Member Party Dates Cong
ress
Electoral history Counties
District created January 3, 1993

Bob Filner
(San Diego)[53]
Democratic January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 2003
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
Elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Redistricted to the 51st district.
1993–2003
San Diego
(Southern suburbs)

Duke Cunningham
(Del Mar)[53]
Republican January 3, 2003 –
December 1, 2005
108th
109th
Redistricted from the 51st district and re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Resigned after pleading guilty to multiple felonies.
2003–2013

San Diego
(Northern suburbs)
Vacant December 1, 2005 –
June 13, 2006
109th

Brian Bilbray
(Imperial Beach)[54]
Republican June 13, 2006 –
January 3, 2013
109th
110th
111th
112th
Elected to finish Cunningham's term.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Redistricted to the 52nd district and lost re-election.

Duncan D. Hunte
(Alpine)[55]
Republican January 3, 2013 –
January 13, 2020
113th
114th
115th
116th
Redistricted from the 52nd district and re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.
Resigned after pleading guilty to misusing campaign funds.[56]
2013–2023

Inland San Diego
(Escondido and Santee)
Vacant January 13, 2020 –
January 3, 2021
116th

Darrell Issa
(Escondido)[57]
Republican January 3, 2021 –
January 3, 2023
117th Elected in 2020.
Redistricted to the 48th district.

Scott Peters
(San Diego)[58]
Democratic January 3, 2023 –
present
118th Redistricted from the 52nd district and re-elected in 2022. 2023–present:

Coastal and central portions of the city of San Diego

Elections results[edit]

1992199419961998200020022004200620082010201220142016201820202022

1992[edit]

1992 United States House of Representatives elections in California[59]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Filner 77,293 56.6
Republican Tony Valencia 39,531 28.9
Libertarian Barbara Hutchinson 15,489 11.3
Peace and Freedom Roger Bruce Batchelder 4,250 3.1
Independent Pickard (write-in) 63 0.1
Total votes 136,626 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

1994[edit]

1994 United States House of Representatives elections in California[60]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Filner (Incumbent) 59,214 56.7
Republican Mary Alice Acevedo 36,955 35.4
Libertarian Richardo Duenez 3,326 3.2
Peace and Freedom Guillermo Ramirez 3,002 2.9
Green Kip Krueger 1,954 1.8
Total votes 118,340 100.0
Democratic hold

1996[edit]

1996 United States House of Representatives elections in California[61]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Filner (Incumbent) 73,200 58.9
Republican Jim Baize 38,351 32.5
Reform Dan Clark 3,253 2.7
Natural Law Earl Shepard 2,138 1.8
Libertarian Philip Zoebisch 1,398 1.1
Total votes 118,340 100.0
Democratic hold

1998[edit]

1998 United States House of Representatives elections in California[62]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Filner (Incumbent) 77,354 99.2
Independent Jon Parungoa (write-in) 596 0.8
Republican Petra E. Barajas (write-in) 41 0.0
Total votes 77,991 100.0
Democratic hold

2000[edit]

2000 United States House of Representatives elections in California[63]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Filner (Incumbent) 95,191 68.3
Republican Bob Divine 38,526 27.7
Libertarian David A. Willoughby 3,472 2.4
Natural Law LeAnn S. Kendall 2,283 1.6
Total votes 139,472 100.0
Democratic hold

2002[edit]

2002 United States House of Representatives elections in California[64]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Duke Cunningham (Incumbent) 111,095 64.4
Democratic Del G. Stewart 55,855 32.3
Libertarian Richard M. Fontanesi 5,751 3.3
Total votes 172,701 100.0
Republican hold

2004[edit]

2004 United States House of Representatives elections in California[65]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Duke Cunningham (Incumbent) 169,025 58.5
Democratic Francine Busby 105,590 36.5
Green Gary M. Waayers 6,504 2.2
American Independent Diane Templin 4,723 1.6
Libertarian Brandon C. Osborne 3,486 1.2
Total votes 289,328 100.0
Republican hold

2006 (special)[edit]

Representative Cunningham resigned on November 28, 2005, as a result of a bribery scandal. An open special election was held on April 11, 2006. The top vote getter was Democrat Francine Busby, who won 44% of the vote. The second-place finisher was Republican Brian Bilbray, who won 15% of the vote. Paul King was the top Libertarian party vote getter, with 0.6% of the vote. Since no candidate received a simple majority, the top vote-getters in each party competed in a runoff or special general election on June 6, 2006 (the same day as the statewide California primary). Bilbray was sworn in on June 13, based on unofficial counts, two weeks before the election was certified. As a consequence of this action, a court challenge to the election results filed by voters was denied on jurisdictional grounds.[66] This decision was appealed unsuccessfully.

2006 California's 50th congressional district special election[67]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Bilbray 78,341 49.6
Democratic Francine Busby 71,146 45.0
Independent William Griffith 6,027 3.8
Libertarian Paul King 2,519 1.6
Invalid or blank votes 882 0.5
Total votes 158,915 100.0
Republican hold

2006[edit]

2006 United States House of Representatives elections in California[68]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Bilbray (Incumbent) 118,018 53.2
Democratic Francine Busby 96,612 43.5
Libertarian Paul King 4,119 1.8
Peace and Freedom Miriam E. Clark 3,353 1.5
Total votes 222,102 100.0
Republican hold

2008[edit]

2008 United States House of Representatives elections in California[69]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Bilbray (Incumbent) 157,502 50.2
Democratic Nick Leibham 141,635 45.2
Libertarian Wayne Dunlap 14,365 4.6
Total votes 313,502 100.0
Republican hold

2010[edit]

2010 United States House of Representatives elections in California[70]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Bilbray (Incumbent) 142,236 56.7
Democratic Francine Busby 97,813 39.0
Libertarian Lars B. Grossmith 5,546 2.2
Peace and Freedom Miriam E. Clark 5,470 2.1
Total votes 251,065 100.0
Republican hold

2012[edit]

2012 United States House of Representatives elections in California[71]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Duncan D. Hunter (Incumbent) 174,838 67.6
Democratic David B. Secor 83,455 32.4
Total votes 258,293 100.0
Republican hold

2014[edit]

2014 United States House of Representatives elections in California[72]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Duncan D. Hunter (Incumbent) 111,997 71.2
Democratic James H. Kimber 45,302 28.8
Total votes 157,299 100.0
Republican hold

2016[edit]

2016 United States House of Representatives elections in California[73]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Duncan D. Hunter (Incumbent) 179,937 63.5
Democratic Patrick Malloy 103,646 36.5
Total votes 283,583 100.0
Republican hold

2018[edit]

2018 United States House of Representatives elections in California[74]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Duncan D. Hunter (Incumbent) 134,362 51.7
Democratic Ammar Campa-Najjar 125,448 48.3
Total votes 259,808 100.0
Republican hold

2020[edit]

2020 United States House of Representatives elections in California[75]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Darrell Issa 195,510 54.0
Democratic Ammar Campa-Najjar 166,859 46.0
Total votes 362,369 100.0
Republican hold

2022[edit]

2022 United States House of Representatives elections in California[76]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Scott Peters (Incumbent) 168,816 62.8
Republican Corey Gustafson 99,819 37.2
Total votes 268,635 100.0
Democratic hold

Historical district boundaries[edit]

44th district[edit]

In the 1980s, California's 44th congressional district was one of four encompassing San Diego. The district had been held for eight years by Democrat Jim Bates and was considered the most Democratic district in the San Diego area. However, Bates became bogged down in a scandal involving charges of sexual harassment.

Randy "Duke" Cunningham won the Republican nomination and hammered Bates about the scandal. Cunningham won by a point. The San Diego area was represented entirely by Republicans for only the second time since the city was split into three districts after the 1960 United States census. After his victory, Cunningham changed his official residence from his Del Mar home to a condominium in the Mission Valley neighborhood in San Diego, so that he was perceived as residing in the district that he represented in Congress.[77]

41st district[edit]

In the 1980s, California's 41st congressional district was another of four encompassing San Diego. The northern San Diego County district had been held for 12 years by Republican Bill Lowery and was considered the most Republican district in the San Diego area. Most of the district became the California's 51st congressional district after state redistricting following the 1990 United States census.

In 1992, Cunningham campaigned against Lowery in Lowery's district in the Republican primary. The new 51st district was more dominated by ethnic whites and was more conservative than Cunningham's more urban, former 41st district located farther south. Lowery was tainted by the House check kiting scandal and lost the primary to Cunningham. The latter, a Navy career officer, had run on a campaign theme of "A Congressman We Can Be Proud Of." After winning, Cunningham changed his official residence back to his Del Mar home in the old 41st/new 51st district.

2003-13[edit]

From 2003 to 2013, the 50th district consisted of the northern coastal region of San Diego County and included the suburbs of San Marcos, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, and Escondido.

2013-23[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

On November 29, 2005, Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report declared on his show that the 50th congressional district was "dead" to him after its insufficient support for his "friend" Duke Cunningham. Colbert placed the district on the show's ever-changing "Dead to Me" board, saying that he now considered the number of congressional districts in the United States to be 434. (The number became 433 when he retired the 22nd district of Texas for its insufficient support for Tom DeLay.) On March 1, 2006, he "downgraded" the 50th district's status from "dead to me" to "never existed to me".[78]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American Fact Finder - Results". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved October 5, 2023.
  2. ^ Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census Bureau. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov. Retrieved February 19, 2024.
  3. ^ "2022 Cook PVI: District Map and List". Cook Political Report. July 12, 2022. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  4. ^ "California State Congressional District 52". Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  5. ^ Washington Post
  6. ^ Rep. Duncan Hunter pleads guilty to misusing campaign funds, is expected to resign from Congress, Los Angeles Times, Sarah D. Wire and Seema Mehta December 3, 2019. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Rep. Hunter Announces Resignation Date, Newsom Will Not Call Special Election, KNSD, Julie Watson and NBC 7 Staff January 7, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  8. ^ Statement of Vote (1992 President)
  9. ^ a b Statement of Vote (1992 Senator)
  10. ^ Statement of Vote (1994 Governor)
  11. ^ Statement of Vote (1994 Senator)
  12. ^ Statement of Vote (1996 President)
  13. ^ "Statement of Vote (1998 Governor)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 29, 2011.
  14. ^ "Statement of Vote (1998 Senator)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 29, 2011.
  15. ^ Statement of Vote (2000 President)
  16. ^ Statement of Vote (2000 Senator)
  17. ^ Statement of Vote (2002 Governor)
  18. ^ Statement of Vote (2003 Recall Question)
  19. ^ Statement of Vote (2003 Governor)
  20. ^ Statement of Vote (2004 President)
  21. ^ Statement of Vote (2004 Senator)
  22. ^ Statement of Vote (2006 Governor)
  23. ^ Statement of Vote (2006 Senator)
  24. ^ Statement of Vote (2008 President)
  25. ^ Statement of Vote (2010 Governor)
  26. ^ Statement of Vote (2010 Senator)
  27. ^ Statement of Vote (2012 President)
  28. ^ "Statement of Vote (2012 Senator)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 1, 2011. Retrieved June 12, 2011.
  29. ^ Statement of Vote (2014 Governor)
  30. ^ Statement of Vote (2016 President)
  31. ^ Statement of Vote (2016 Senator)
  32. ^ Statement of Vote (2018 Governor)
  33. ^ San Diego Elections - Lieutenant Governor (p. 102)
  34. ^ Riverside Elections - Lieutenant Governor (p. 36)
  35. ^ San Diego Elections - Secretary of State (p. 216)
  36. ^ Riverside Elections - Secretary of State (p. 36)
  37. ^ San Diego Elections - Controller (p. 216)
  38. ^ Riverside Elections - Controller (p. 36)
  39. ^ San Diego Elections - Treasurer (p. 216)
  40. ^ Riverside Elections - Treasurer (p. 184)
  41. ^ San Diego Elections - Attorney General (p. 216)
  42. ^ Riverside Elections - Attorney General (p. 184)
  43. ^ San Diego Elections - Insurance Commissioner (p. 216)
  44. ^ Riverside Elections - Insurance Commissioner (p. 184)
  45. ^ San Diego Elections - Board of Equalization, 4th District (p. 216)
  46. ^ Riverside Elections - Board of Equalization, 4th District (p. 295)
  47. ^ Statement of Vote (2018 Senator)
  48. ^ Statement of Vote (2020 President)
  49. ^ "Counties by Congressional District for Recall Question" (PDF). sos.ca.gov. September 14, 2021. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  50. ^ Statement of Vote (2022 Governor)
  51. ^ Statement of Vote (2022 Senator)
  52. ^ Statement of Vote (2022 Senator)
  53. ^ a b "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774–2005" (PDF). govinfo.gov. Retrieved February 19, 2024.
  54. ^ Presha • •, Alex (March 7, 2017). "Former Imperial Beach Mayor Speaks Out on Recent Tijuana River Sewage Spill". NBC 7 San Diego. Retrieved January 18, 2024.
  55. ^ Nominations clerk.house.gov
  56. ^ "Rep. Duncan Hunter to resign Jan. 13 after guilty plea". UPI. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  57. ^ Nominations clerk.house.gov
  58. ^ Washington, U. S. Capitol Room H154; p:225-7000, DC 20515-6601. "Scott H. Peters (California (CA)), 118th Congress Profile". Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved January 18, 2024.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  59. ^ 1992 election results
  60. ^ 1994 election results
  61. ^ 1996 election results
  62. ^ 1998 election results
  63. ^ 2000 election results
  64. ^ 2002 election results
  65. ^ 2004 election results
  66. ^ "Judge throws out 50th District election lawsuit". North County Times. August 29, 2006. Retrieved October 3, 2006.
  67. ^ 2006 special election results
  68. ^ 2006 election results
  69. ^ 2008 election results
  70. ^ 2010 election results
  71. ^ 2012 election results
  72. ^ 2014 election results
  73. ^ 2016 election results
  74. ^ 2018 election results
  75. ^ 2020 election results
  76. ^ 2022 election results
  77. ^ Horstman, Barry M. (December 24, 1991). "Cunningham and Lowery in a Dogfight Over 'Safe' District". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 9, 2023. Though congressional candidates are not legally required to reside in their districts, most do because of political considerations. (Cunningham now lives in a Mission Valley condominium in his current district.)
  78. ^ List of The Colbert Report episodes, episodes 122 and 226.

External links[edit]

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