Washington's 2nd congressional district
WA CD 02-2013.pdf
Representative
  Rick Larsen
DLake Stevens
Population (2000)654,903
Median income$69,599[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+10[2]

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 re-districting 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 re-election in 2002, but was handily re-elected in 2004, and didn't face 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

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

Representative Party Years Cong
ress
District Home Notes
District created March 4, 1909
Francis W. Cushman (Washington Congressman).jpg Francis W. Cushman Republican March 4, 1909 – July 6, 1909 61st Tacoma[3] Re-districted 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 61st
62nd
Vancouver[3]
No image.svg Stanton Warburton Republican March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1913 63rd Tacoma[3]
AlbertJohnsonWA.jpg Albert Johnson Republican March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1915 64th Hoquiam[3] Re-districted to the 3rd district
LindleyHHadley.jpg Lindley H. Hadley Republican March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1933 65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
Bellingham[3]
Governor Monrad Charles Wallgren.jpg Monrad C. Wallgren Democratic March 4, 1933 – December 19, 1940 74th
75th
76th
Everett[3] 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 77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
Everett[3]
Jack Westland.jpg Alfred J. Westland Republican January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1965 83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
Everett[3]
Lloyd Meeds.jpg Lloyd Meeds Democratic January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1979 89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
Everett[3]
Al Swift.png Allan B. Swift Democratic January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1995 96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
Bellingham[3]
JackMetcalf.jpg Jack Metcalf Republican January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2001 104th
105th
106th
Langley[4]
Ricklarsen.jpg Rick Larsen Democratic January 3, 2001 – present 107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
Everett Incumbent

Living former members

As of January 2019, there are no living former members. The most recent representative to die was Al Swift (served 1979–1985) on April 20, 2018. The most recently serving representative to die was Jack Metcalf (served 1995–2001) on March 15, 2007.

Recent election results

2010

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
Turnout  
Democratic hold

2012

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

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

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

2018

United States House of Representatives elections, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Rick Larsen (incumbent) 155,009 72.32
Libertarian Brian Luke 59,314 27.68
Total votes 214,323 100.0
Democratic hold

See also

References

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=53&cd=02
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Larsen makes first visit to Whidbey as Congressman - South Whidbey Record". South Whidbey Record. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  • 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

External links

  • Washington State Redistricting Commission
  • Find your new congressional district: a searchable map, Seattle Times, January 13, 2012

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