Washington's 2nd congressional district

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Washington's 2nd congressional district
WA CD 02-2013.pdf
Current Representative Rick Larsen (DEverett)
Population (2000) 654,903
Median income 45,441
Ethnicity
Cook PVI D+10[1]

Washington's 2nd congressional district includes all of Island and San Juan counties and neighboring areas on the mainland from Bellingham in the north to Lynnwood in the south. Before redistricting in 2012, the district encompassed the northern portion of Western Washington from the vicinity of the King/Snohomish county line to the Canada–US border, including the San Juan Islands and the exclave of Point Roberts. Since 2001, it has been represented by Democrat Rick Larsen.

Originally created in 1909 when Washington was broken up into districts, the Second District was represented by future U.S. Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson between 1941 and 1953. It was a reliably Democratic district for most of the latter half of the 20th century until the Republican Revolution of 1994, when retiring Rep. Al Swift was replaced by Jack Metcalf. Larsen has represented the district since Metcalf's retirement in 2001. He faced a close reelection in 2002, but was handily reelected in 2004 and hasn't faced serious opposition until 2010. In the 2008 election, Larsen easily defeated Republican challenger Rick Bart. In the 2010 election, Larsen narrowly avoided defeat against Republican challenger John Koster.

In presidential elections, the 2nd District leans Democratic. Al Gore and John Kerry narrowly carried the district in 2000 and 2004 with 48% and 51% of the vote, respectively. In 2008, Barack Obama swept the district with 55.60% of the vote while John McCain received 42%.

The district from 2003 to 2013

Recent presidential election results[edit]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
1952 President Eisenhower 55 - 45%
1956 President Eisenhower 55 - 45%
1964 President Johnson 66 - 34%
1968 President Humphrey 48 - 46%
1972 President Nixon 62 - 38%
1976 President Ford 51 - 47%
1980 President Reagan 50 - 37%
1984 President Reagan 55 - 44%
1988 President Dukakis 49 - 48%
1992 President Clinton 39 - 33%
1996 President Clinton 47 - 39%
2000 President Gore 48 - 47%
2004 President Kerry 51 - 47%
2008 President Obama 56 - 42%
2012 President Obama 59 - 38%
2016 President Clinton 57 - 35%

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years District Home Notes
District created March 4, 1909
Francis W. Cushman (Washington Congressman).jpg Francis W. Cushman Republican March 4, 1909 – July 6, 1909 Tacoma[2] Redistricted from the At-large seat, Died
Vacant July 6, 1909 – November 2, 1909
No image.svg William W. McCredie Republican November 2, 1909 – March 3, 1911 Vancouver[2]
No image.svg Stanton Warburton Republican March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1913 Tacoma[2]
AlbertJohnsonWA.jpg Albert Johnson Republican March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1915 Hoquiam[2] Redistricted to the 3rd district
LindleyHHadley.jpg Lindley H. Hadley Republican March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1933 Bellingham[2]
Governor Monrad Charles Wallgren.jpg Monrad C. Wallgren Democratic March 4, 1933 – December 19, 1940 Everett[2] Resigned after being elected to the US Senate
Vacant December 19, 1940 – January 3, 1941
HenryJackson.jpg Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson Democratic January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1953 Everett[2]
Jack Westland.jpg Alfred J. Westland Republican January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1965 Everett[2]
Lloyd Meeds.jpg Lloyd Meeds Democratic January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1979 Everett[2]
Al Swift.png Allan B. Swift Democratic January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1995 Bellingham[2]
JackMetcalf.jpg Jack Metcalf Republican January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2001 Langley[3]
Ricklarsen.jpg Rick Larsen Democratic January 3, 2001 – present Everett Incumbent

Recent election results[edit]

2010[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Rick Larsen (incumbent) 155,241 51.07
Republican John Koster 148,722 48.93
Total votes 303,963 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2012[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Rick Larsen (incumbent) 184,826 61.1
Republican Dan Matthews 117,465 38.9
Total votes 302,291 100.0
Democratic hold

2014[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Rick Larsen (incumbent) 122,173 60.6
Republican B.J. Guillot 79,518 39.4
Total votes 201,691 100.0
Democratic hold

2016[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Rick Larsen (incumbent) 208,314 64.0
Republican Marc Hennemann 117,094 36.0
Total votes 325,408 100.0
Democratic hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j [comp.; ] (2005). Biographical directory of the United States Congress : 1774-2005 ; the Continental Congress, Sept. 5, 1774 to Oct. 21, 1788, and the Congress of the United States from the First through the One Hundred Eighth Congresses, March 4, 1789 to Jan. 3, 2005 inclusive. ([2005 ed., closing date of compilation, January 3, 2005] ed.). Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O. ISBN 0160731763. 
  3. ^ "Larsen makes first visit to Whidbey as Congressman - South Whidbey Record". South Whidbey Record. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 48°24′N 122°12′W / 48.400°N 122.200°W / 48.400; -122.200