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Florida's 15th congressional district

Florida's 15th congressional district is an electoral district for the U.S. Congress and was reassigned in 2012, effective January 2013, to the northern parts of Hillsborough and Polk counties.[6][7] The district includes many of the eastern suburbs & exurbs of Tampa including Brandon, Plant City, Lakeland and Bartow.

Florida's 15th congressional district
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Florida's 15th congressional district - since January 3, 2017
Representative
  Ross Spano
RDover
Area1,170[1] sq mi (3,000 km2)
Distribution
  • 92.06[2]% urban
  • 7.94% rural
Population (2016)762,822[3]
Median income$53,367[4]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+6[5]

From 2003–2012, the prior 15th district contained most of Brevard County south of the city of Cocoa (including the Kennedy Space Center), all of Indian River County, most of Osceola County, and a very small portion of Polk County. The district took in the cities of Kissimmee, Melbourne and Vero Beach, and Patrick Air Force Base. Boundaries were redrawn due to a lawsuit in 2015.[8] Much of this area is now the 8th District, while the current 15th takes in most of what was previously the 12th District.

The district is currently represented by Republican Ross Spano.

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List of members representing the districtEdit

District created January 3, 1973.

Representative Party Years Congress Note
 
Dante Fascell
Democratic January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1983
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
Redistricted from the 12th district.

Redistricted to the 19th district.
 
Clay Shaw
Republican January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1993
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
Redistricted from the 12th district.

Redistricted to the 22nd district.
 
Jim Bacchus
Democratic January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1995
103rd Redistricted from the 11th district.

Retired.
 
Dave Weldon
Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 2009
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
Retired.
 
Bill Posey
Republican January 3, 2009 –
January 3, 2013
111th
112th
Redistricted to the 8th district.
 
Dennis Ross
Republican January 3, 2013 –
January 3, 2019
113th
114th
115th
Redistricted from the 12th district.

Retired.
 
Ross Spano
Republican January 3, 2019 –
Present
116th Elected in 2018.

Election resultsEdit

2002Edit

Florida's 15th Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dave Weldon* 146,414 63.15
Democratic Jim Tso 85,433 36.85
Total votes 231,847 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2004Edit

Florida's 15th Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dave Weldon* 210,388 65.35
Democratic Simon Pristoop 111,538 34.65
Total votes 321,926 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2006Edit

Florida's 15th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dave Weldon* 125,965 56.29
Democratic Robert Bowman 97,834 43.71
Total votes 223,799 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2008Edit

Florida's 15th Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Posey 192,151 53.10
Democratic Stephen Lee Blythe 151,951 41.99
Independent Frank Zilaitis 14,274 3.94
Independent Trevor Lowing 3,495 0.97
Total votes 361,871 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2010Edit

Florida's 15th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Posey* 157,079 64.76
Democratic C. Shannon Roberts 85,595 35.27
Total votes 242,674 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2012Edit

Republican candidate Dennis Ross won the election unopposed, as the Democrats did not nominate a candidate.[9] Ross at the time was already the incumbent of the old 12th District prior to the 2010 reapportionment.

2014Edit

Florida's 15th Congressional District Election (2014)[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dennis Ross 128,750 60.3
Democratic Alan Cohn 84,832 39.7
Total votes 213,582 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2016Edit

Florida's 15th Congressional District Election (2016)[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dennis Ross 182,999 57.5
Democratic Jim Lange 135,475 42.5
Total votes 318,474 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2018Edit

Florida's 15th Congressional District Election (2018)[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ross Spano 151,380 53.02
Democratic Kristen Carlson 134,132 46.98
Total votes 285,532 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

Living former representativesEdit

As of January 2019, there are four former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 15th congressional district who are currently living at this time. The most recent representative to die was E. Clay Shaw Jr. (served 1983-1993) on September 10, 2013.

Representative Term in office Date of birth (and age)
Jim Bacchus 1993–1995 (1949-06-21) June 21, 1949 (age 70)
Dave Weldon 1995–2009 (1953-08-31) August 31, 1953 (age 65)
Bill Posey 2009-2011 (1947-12-18) December 18, 1947 (age 71)
Dennis Ross 2011-2019 (1959-10-18) October 18, 1959 (age 59)

Historical district boundariesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Congressional Plan--SC14-1905 (Ordered by The Florida Supreme Court, 2-December-2015)" (PDF). Florida Senate Committee on Reapportionment. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  2. ^ https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/cd_state.html
  3. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=12&cd=15
  4. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=12&cd=15
  5. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  6. ^ See whole Florida state map for 2013, with the 15th district in northern Hillsborough County and Polk County: h9047_35x42L.pdf Congressional Plan: H000C9047. Chapter No. 2012-2, Laws of Florida. www.flsenate.gov. February 16, 2012.
  7. ^ See 2013 borders of 15th district in the 2013 districts map: H000C9047_map_bb.pdf, for the Big Bend region of Florida. Congressional Plan: H000C9047. Chapter No. 2012-2, Laws of Florida. www.flsenate.gov. February 2012.
  8. ^ Klas, Mary Ellen. "Florida Supreme Court approves congressional map drawn by challengers". Miami Herald. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Ballotpedia results for Florida's 15th Congressional District, 2012".
  10. ^ "Ballotpedia for Florida's 15th district, 2014".
  11. ^ "Ballotpedia for Florida's 15th district, 2016".
  12. ^ "Florida Election Watch, 15th district, 2018".

External linksEdit