Iowa's 3rd congressional district
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Iowa's 3rd congressional district since January 3, 2013
Representative
  Cindy Axne
DWest Des Moines
Distribution
  • 73.07% urban
  • 26.93% rural
Population (2000)585,305[1]
Median income$65,023[2]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+1[3]

Iowa's 3rd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Iowa that covers its southwest quadrant, roughly an area including Des Moines to the borders with Nebraska and Missouri.

From 2003 to 2013 it encompassed Des Moines (on the western end) to the western outskirts of the metropolitan area of Cedar Falls and Waterloo (on the northeastern end) to the western outskirts of the Cedar Rapids area (on the eastern end) and to Lucas County and Monroe County (on the southern end).

The district is represented by Democrat Cindy Axne.

Redistricting

On June 22, 2001, the Iowa Legislature passed a plan to redistrict the state of Iowa. The plan went into effect in 2002 for the 108th U.S. Congress. The prior redistricting plan was effective from 1992 to 2001.[4]

Presidential voting since 2000

Election results from presidential races:

Year Office Results
2000 President Gore 49% – Bush 48%
2004 President Bush 50% – Kerry 50%
2008 President Obama 54% – McCain 44%
2012 President Obama 51% – Romney 47%
2016 President Trump 48% – Clinton 45%

List of members representing the district

District created March 4, 1863.

Representative Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
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William B. Allison
Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1871
38th
39th
40th
41st
[Data unknown/missing.]
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William G. Donnan
Republican March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1875
42nd
43rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Lucien L. Ainsworth
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
44th [Data unknown/missing.]
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Theodore W. Burdick
Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1879
45th [Data unknown/missing.]
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Thomas Updegraff
Republican March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1883
46th
47th
[Data unknown/missing.]
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David B. Henderson
Republican March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1903
48th
49th
50th
51st
52nd
53rd
54th
55th
56th
57th
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Benjamin P. Birdsall
Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1909
58th
59th
60th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Charles E. Pickett Republican March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1913
61st
62nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Maurice Connolly Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
63rd [Data unknown/missing.]
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Burton E. Sweet
Republican March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1923
64th
65th
66th
67th
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Thomas J. B. Robinson
Republican March 4, 1923 –
March 3, 1933
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Albert C. Willford Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
73rd [Data unknown/missing.]
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John W. Gwynne
Republican January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1949
74th
75th
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Harold R. Gross
Republican January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1975
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Chuck Grassley
Republican January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1981
94th
95th
96th
[Data unknown/missing.]
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T. Cooper Evans
Republican January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1987
97th
98th
99th
[Data unknown/missing.]
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David R. Nagle
Democratic January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 1993
100th
101st
102nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Jim R. Lightfoot
Republican January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1997
103rd
104th
Redistricted from the 5th district.
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Leonard Boswell
Democratic January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2013
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Tom Latham
Republican January 3, 2013 –
January 3, 2015
113th Redistricted from the 4th district.
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David Young
Republican January 3, 2015 –
January 3, 2019
114th
115th
Lost re-election.
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Cindy Axne
Democratic January 3, 2019 -
Present
116th Elected in 2018.

Recent election results

Year[5] Party affiliation Winner Number of votes Party affiliation Loser Number of votes Percentage of votes
1920 Republican Burton E. Sweet 67,859 Farmer-Labor Roy Jacobs 1,974 97% – 3%
1922 Republican Thomas J. B. Robinson 34,518 Democrat Fred P. Hageman 24,304 58% – 41%
1924 Republican Thomas J. B. Robinson 54,921 Democrat Willis N. Birdsall 25,215 69% – 31%
1926 Republican Thomas J. B. Robinson 32,180 Democrat Ellis E. Wilson 13,696 70% – 30%
1928 Republican Thomas J. B. Robinson 60,025 Democrat Leo. F. Tierney 38,469 61% – 39%
1930 Republican Thomas J. B. Robinson 27,098 Democrat W. L. Beecher 15,908 63% – 37%
1932 Democrat Albert C. Willford 48,939 Republican Thomas J. B. Robinson 47,776 51% – 49%
1934 Republican John W. Gwynne 42,063 Democrat Albert C. Willford 35,159 51% – 43%
1936 Republican John W. Gwynne 53,928 Democrat Albert C. Willford 47,391 52% – 46%
1938 Republican John W. Gwynne 45,541 Democrat W. F. Hayes 30,158 60% – 40%
1940 Republican John W. Gwynne 65,425 Democrat Ernest J. Seemann 43,709 60% – 40%
1942 Republican John W. Gwynne 54,124 Democrat William D. Kearney 35,065 61% – 39%
1944 Republican John W. Gwynne 74,901 Democrat William D. Kearney 56,985 58% – 42%
1946 Republican John W. Gwynne 48,346 Democrat Dan J. P. Ryan 29,661 62% – 38%
1948 Republican H. R. Gross 78,838 Democrat Dan J. P. Ryan 56,002 58% – 41%
1950 Republican H. R. Gross 73,490 Democrat James O. Babcock 40,786 64% – 36%
1952 Republican H. R. Gross 109,992 Democrat George R. Laub 56,871 66% – 34%
1954 Republican H. R. Gross 68,307 Democrat George R. Laub 41,622 62% – 38%
1956 Republican H. R. Gross 97,590 Democrat Michael Micich 69,076 59% – 41%
1958 Republican H. R. Gross 61,920 Democrat Michael Micich 53,467 54% – 46%
1960 Republican H. R. Gross 99,046 Democrat Edward J. Gallagher, Jr. 76,837 56% – 44%
1962 Republican H. R. Gross 66,337 Democrat Neel F. Hill 50,580 57% – 43%
1964 Republican H. R. Gross 83,455 Democrat Stephen M. Peterson 83,036 50.1% – 49.9%
1966 Republican H. R. Gross 79,343 Democrat L. A. Pat Touchae 48,530 62% – 38%
1968 Republican H. R. Gross 101,839 Democrat John E. Van Eschen 57,164 64% – 36%
1970 Republican H. R. Gross 66,087 Democrat Lyle D. Taylor 45,958 59% – 41%
1972 Republican H. R. Gross 109,113 Democrat Lyle D. Taylor 86,848 56% – 44%
1974 Republican Charles E. Grassley 77,468 Democrat Stephen J. Rapp 74,859 51% – 49%
1976 Republican Charles E. Grassley 117,957 Democrat Stephen J. Rapp 90,981 56% – 44%
1978 Republican Charles E. Grassley 103,659 Democrat John Knudson 34,880 75% – 25%
1980 Republican Cooper Evans 107,869 Democrat Lynn G. Cutler 101,735 51% – 48%
1982 Republican Cooper Evans 104,072 Democrat Lynn G. Cutler 83,581 55% – 45%
1984 Republican Cooper Evans 133,737 Democrat Joe Johnston 86,574 61% – 39%
1986 Democrat David R. Nagle 83,504 Republican John McIntee 69,386 55% – 45%
1988 Democrat David R. Nagle 129,204 Republican Donald B. Redfern 74,682 63% – 37%
1990 Democrat David R. Nagle 100,947 N/A No Opponent 833 99% – 1%
1992 Republican Jim Ross Lightfoot 125,931 Democrat Elaine Baxter 121,063 49% – 47%
1994 Republican Jim Ross Lightfoot 111,862 Democrat Elaine Baxter 79,310 58% – 41%
1996 Democrat Leonard L. Boswell 115,914 Republican Mike Mahaffey 111,895 49% – 48%
1998 Democrat Leonard L. Boswell 107,947 Republican Larry McKibben 78,063 57% – 41%
2000 Democrat Leonard L. Boswell 156,327 Republican Jay Marcus 83,810 63% – 34%
2002 Democrat Leonard L. Boswell 115,367 Republican Stan Thompson 97,285 53% – 45%
2004 Democrat Leonard L. Boswell 168,007 Republican Stan Thompson 136,099 55% – 45%
2006 Democrat Leonard L. Boswell 114,689 Republican Jeff Lamberti 103,182 52% – 47%
2008 Democrat Leonard L. Boswell 175,423 Republican Kim Schmett 131,524 56% – 42%
2010 Democrat Leonard L. Boswell 122,147 Republican Brad Zaun 111,925 50% – 46%
2012 Republican Tom Latham 202,000 Democrat Leonard L. Boswell 168,632 51% – 42%
2014 Republican David Young 148,814 Democrat Staci Appel 119,109 52% – 42%
2016 Republican David Young 208,598 Democrat Jim Mowrer 155,002 53% – 40%
2018 Democrat Cindy Axne 169,888 Republican David Young 164,667 49% – 47%

Recent election results

2002

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Leonard Boswell* 115,367 53.41
Republican Stan Thompson 97,285 45.04
Libertarian Jeffrey J. Smith 2,689 1.25
Socialist Workers Edwin B. Fruit 569 0.26
No party Others 75 0.04%
Total votes 215,985 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold

2004

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Leonard Boswell* 168,007 55.21
Republican Stan Thompson 136,009 44.72
No party Others 213 0.07%
Total votes 304,229 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold

2006

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Leonard Boswell* 115,769 51.85
Republican Jeff Lamberti 103,722 46.45
Socialist Workers Helen Meyers 3,591 1.61
No party Others 205 0.09%
Total votes 223,287 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold

2008

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Leonard Boswell* 176,904 56.31
Republican Kim Schmett 132,136 42.06
Socialist Workers Frank Forrestal 4,599 1.46
No party Others 521 0.17%
Total votes 314,160 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold

2010

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Leonard Boswell* 122,147 50.73
Republican Brad Zaun 111,925 46.49
Socialist Workers Rebecca Williamson 6,258 2.60
No party Others 426 0.18%
Total votes 240,756 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold

2012

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Latham* 202,000 50.56
Democratic Leonard Boswell* 168,632 42.20
Independent Scott G. Batcher 9,352 2.34
Socialist Workers David Rosenfeld 6,286 1.57
No party Others 572 0.14%
Total votes 399,561 100.00
Turnout  
Republican gain from Democratic

2014

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District election (2014)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Young 148,814 52.8
Democratic Staci Appel 119,109 42.2
Libertarian Edward Wright 9,054 3.2
No party preference Bryan Jack Holder 4,360 1.5
Write-ins 729 0.3
Total votes 282,066 100
Republican hold

2016

Map showing the results of the 2016 election in Iowa's 3rd congressional district by county
Iowa's 3rd Congressional District election (2016)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Young* 208,598 53.45
Democratic Jim Mowrer 155,002 39.71
Libertarian Bryan Jack Holder 15,372 3.94
Nominated by Petition Claudia Addy 6,348 1.63
Nominated by Petition Joe Grandanette 4,518 1.16
Write-ins 449 0.12
Total votes 390,287 100.00
Republican hold

2018

U.S. House election, 2018:[6] Iowa District 3
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Cindy Axne 169,888 49.0 +9.29
Republican David Young* 164,667 47.49 -5.96
Libertarian Bryan Jack Holder 7,005 2.02 -1.92
LMN Mark Elworth Jr. 1,906 0.55 +0.55
Green Paul Knupp 1,795 0.52 +0.52
Independent Joe Grandanette 1,271 0.37 -0.79
Write-ins 178 0.05 +0.00
Plurality 5,221 1.51
Turnout 346,710 100
Democratic gain from Republican Swing +15.25

Living former members of the House from the district

As of January 2019, there are five living former members of the House from the district. The most recent to die was Leonard Boswell (served 1997–2013) on August 17, 2018.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and current age)
Chuck Grassley 1975–1981 (1933-09-17) September 17, 1933 (age 86)
David R. Nagle 1987–1993 (1943-04-15) April 15, 1943 (age 76)
Jim Ross Lightfoot 1993–1997 (1938-09-27) September 27, 1938 (age 81)
Tom Latham 2013–2015 (1948-07-14) July 14, 1948 (age 71)
David Young 2015–2019 (1968-05-11) May 11, 1968 (age 51)

Historical district boundaries

2003 – 2013

See also

References

  1. ^ Washington Post page on the 3rd District of Iowa Archived 2008-10-06 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=19&cd=03
  3. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  4. ^ "2001 Iowa Redistricting Plan,". 2001.
  5. ^ "Election Statistics,". 2005. Archived from the original on 2007-07-25.
  6. ^ "Iowa General Election 2018". Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Maine's 1st congressional district
Home district of the Speaker of the House
December 4, 1899 – March 4, 1903
Succeeded by
Illinois's 18th congressional district


Coordinates: 41°12′34″N 94°38′25″W / 41.20944°N 94.64028°W / 41.20944; -94.64028