Washington's 9th congressional district

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Washington's 9th congressional district
WA CD 09-2013.pdf
Current Representative Adam Smith (DBellevue)
Population (2010) 672,460
Cook PVI D+21[1]

Washington's 9th congressional district encompasses a long, somewhat narrow area in western Washington through the densely populated central Puget Sound region, from Tacoma in the south to Bellevue in the north. Since 1997, the 9th District has been represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Adam Smith, a Democrat from Bellevue.

Established after the 1990 U.S. Census, the 9th District was originally drawn as a "fair fight" district. The first representative from the 9th District, Mike Kreidler (D), was defeated after one term by conservative Republican Randy Tate; Tate, in turn, was defeated after one term by Smith. Kreidler currently serves as the Washington Commissioner of Insurance, and Tate went on to succeed Ralph Reed as executive director of the Christian Coalition. Since being first elected in 1996, Smith's moderate voting record and a strong Democratic trend in the Puget Sound region have turned the formerly contentious district into a fairly safe Democratic seat. He won reelection easily in the 2008 election.

Al Gore and John Kerry each carried the 9th District with 53% in 2000 and 2004, respectively. Barack Obama won the district in 2008 with 59% of the vote.

In 2011 the state began the process of redistricting in response to population changes determined by the 2010 census. In the final report by the bipartisan redistricting commission issued in January 2012 shifted District 9 to the north. It now covered Bellevue, southeast Seattle, and Mercer Island, but only goes as far south as the southern tip of Commencement Bay in Tacoma. As of the 2012 redistricting, it is now a majority minority district.

The district from 2003 to 2013


Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
1996 President Clinton 51 - 36%
1992 President Clinton 42 - 31%

List of representatives[edit]

Congress Representative Party Dates District Home Notes
District created January 3, 1993
103rd Mike Kreidler.jpg Mike Kreidler Democratic January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
104th Randy Tate.jpg Randy Tate Republican January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1997
105th - 115th Adam Smith official photo.jpg Adam Smith Democratic January 3, 1997 – present Tacoma, then Bellevue Incumbent

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 47°10′N 122°18′W / 47.167°N 122.300°W / 47.167; -122.300