Georgia's 8th congressional district

Georgia's 8th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Georgia. The district is currently represented by Republican Austin Scott. Though the district's boundaries have been redrawn following the 2010 census, which granted an additional congressional seat to Georgia.[5] The first election using the new district boundaries (listed below) were the 2012 congressional elections.

Georgia's 8th congressional district
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Georgia's 8th congressional district since January 3, 2013
Representative
  Austin Scott
RTifton
Distribution
  • 56.7% urban[1]
  • 43.3% rural
Population (2019)706,237[2]
Median household
income
$50,745[3]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+15[4]

The district is located in central and south-central Georgia, and stretches from the geographical center of the state to the Florida border. The district includes the cities of Warner Robins, Tifton, Thomasville, Moultrie, and portions of Macon and Valdosta.[6][7]

Recent results in presidential electionsEdit

Year Office Results
2000 President George W. Bush 58% - Al Gore 42%
2004 President George W. Bush 61% - John Kerry 39%
2008 President John McCain 61.6% - Barack Obama 37.8%
2012 President Mitt Romney 61.6% - Barack Obama 37.5%
2016 President Donald Trump 63.3% - Hillary Clinton 34.4%
2018 Governor Brian Kemp 64.1% - Stacey Abrams 35.2%
2020 President Donald Trump 62% - Joe Biden 37%

CountiesEdit

List of members representing the districtEdit

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history District location
District created in 1845
 
Robert Toombs
Whig March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1853
29th
30th
31st
32nd
Elected in 1844.
Re-elected in 1846.
Re-elected in 1848.
Re-elected in 1851.
[data unknown/missing]
[data unknown/missing]
 
Alexander Stephens
Whig March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
33rd
34th
35th
Redistricted from the 7th district and re-elected in 1853.
Re-elected in 1855.
Re-elected in 1857.
[data unknown/missing]
Democratic March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1859
John J. Jones Democratic March 4, 1859 –
January 23, 1861
36th Elected in 1859.
Withdrew.
Vacant January 23, 1861 –
March 3, 1867
36th
37th
38th
39th
Civil War and Reconstruction
District eliminated in 1867
District reestablished in 1873
Vacant March 4, 1873 –
December 1, 1873
43rd Member-elect Ambrose R. Wright died before being seated.
 
Alexander Stephens
Democratic December 1, 1873 –
November 4, 1882
43rd
44th
45th
46th
47th
Elected to finish Wright's term.
Re-elected in 1874.
Re-elected in 1876.
Re-elected in 1878.
Re-elected in 1880.
Resigned to become Governor of Georgia.
Vacant November 4, 1882 –
December 4, 1882
47th
Seaborn Reese Democratic December 4, 1882 –
March 3, 1887
47th
48th
49th
Elected to finish Stephens's term.
Re-elected in 1882.
Re-elected in 1884.
[data unknown/missing]
 
Henry H. Carlton
Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1891
50th
51st
Elected in 1886.
Re-elected in 1888.
[data unknown/missing]
 
Thomas G. Lawson
Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1897
52nd
53rd
54th
Elected in 1890.
Re-elected in 1892.
Re-elected in 1894.
[data unknown/missing]
 
William M. Howard
Democratic March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1911
55th
56th
57th
58th
59th
60th
61st
Elected in 1896.
Re-elected in 1898.
Re-elected in 1900.
Re-elected in 1902.
Re-elected in 1904.
Re-elected in 1906.
Re-elected in 1908.
Lost renomination.
 
Samuel J. Tribble
Democratic March 4, 1911 –
December 8, 1916
62nd
63rd
64th
Elected in 1910.
Re-elected in 1912.
Re-elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
Died.
Vacant December 8, 1916 –
January 11, 1917
64th
Tinsley W. Rucker Jr. Democratic January 11, 1917 –
March 3, 1917
Elected to finish Tribble's term.
Retired.
 
Charles H. Brand
Democratic March 4, 1917 –
March 3, 1933
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
Elected in 1916.
Re-elected in 1918.
Re-elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Re-elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928.
Re-elected in 1930.
[data unknown/missing]
Braswell Deen Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1939
73rd
74th
75th
Elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1934.
Re-elected in 1936.
[data unknown/missing]
W. Benjamin Gibbs Democratic January 3, 1939 –
August 7, 1940
76th Elected in 1938.
Died.
Vacant August 7, 1940 –
October 1, 1940
 
Florence R. Gibbs
Democratic October 1, 1940 –
January 3, 1941
Elected to finish her husband's term.
[data unknown/missing]
John S. Gibson Democratic January 3, 1941 –
January 3, 1947
77th
78th
79th
Elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
[data unknown/missing]
 
William M. Wheeler
Democratic January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1955
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
Elected in 1946.
Re-elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
[data unknown/missing]
 
Iris F. Blitch
Democratic January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1963
84th
85th
86th
87th
Elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
[data unknown/missing]
 
J. Russell Tuten
Democratic January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1967
88th
89th
Elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
[data unknown/missing]
 
W. S. Stuckey Jr.
Democratic January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1977
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
Elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970.
Re-elected in 1972.
Re-elected in 1974.
[data unknown/missing]
 
Billy Lee Evans
Democratic January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1983
95th
96th
97th
Elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
[data unknown/missing]
 
J. Roy Rowland
Democratic January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1995
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
Elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
[data unknown/missing]
 
Saxby Chambliss
Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 2003
104th
105th
106th
107th
Elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
 
Mac Collins
Republican January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2005
108th Redistricted from the 3rd district and re-elected in 2002.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
2003–2007
 
 
Lynn Westmoreland
Republican January 3, 2005 –
January 3, 2007
109th Elected in 2004.
Redistricted to the 3rd district.
 
Jim Marshall
Democratic January 3, 2007 –
January 3, 2011
110th
111th
Redistricted from the 3rd district and re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Lost re-election.
2007–2013
 
 
Austin Scott
Republican January 3, 2011 –
present
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
117th
Elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.
Re-elected in 2020.
2013–present
 

Election resultsEdit

2006Edit

Georgia's 8th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Marshall (Incumbent) 80,660 50.55%
Republican Mac Collins 78,908 49.45%
Total votes 159,568 100.00%
Democratic gain from Republican
  • A Republican mid-decade redistricting made this Macon-based district more compact and somewhat more Republican. Incumbent Marshall faced a very tough challenge by former U.S. Representative Mac Collins, who represented an adjoining district from 1993 to 2005. Less than 60 percent of the population in Marshall's present 3rd District was retained in the new 8th District. The reconfigured 8th includes Butts County, which was the political base of Collins, who once served as chair of the county commission. On the other hand, the 8th also includes all of the city of Macon where Marshall served as mayor from 1995 until 1999. The race featured heavy spending, not only by the candidates themselves but also from independent groups. During the campaign, President George W. Bush attended a rally on Collins' behalf.

2008Edit

Georgia's 8th Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Marshall (Incumbent) 157,241 57.24%
Republican Rick Goddard 117,446 42.76%
Total votes 274,687 100.00%
Democratic hold

2010Edit

Georgia's 8th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Austin Scott 102,770 52.70%
Democratic Jim Marshall (Incumbent) 92,250 47.30%
Total votes 195,020 100.00%
Republican gain from Democratic

2012Edit

Georgia's 8th Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Austin Scott (Incumbent) 197,789 100.00%
Total votes 197,789 100.00%
Republican hold

2014Edit

Georgia's 8th Congressional District Election (2014)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Austin Scott (Incumbent) 129,938 100.00%
Total votes 129,938 100.00%
Republican hold

2016Edit

Georgia's 8th Congressional District Election (2016)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Austin Scott (Incumbent) 173,983 67.64%
Democratic James Harris 83,225 32.36%
Total votes 257,208 100.00%
Republican hold

2018Edit

Georgia's 8th Congressional District Election (2018)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Austin Scott (Incumbent) 197,401 100.00%
Total votes 197,401 100.00%
Republican hold

2020Edit

Georgia's 8th Congressional District Election (2020)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Austin Scott (Incumbent) 198,701 64.05%
Democratic Lindsay "Doc" Holliday 109,264 35.05%
Total votes 307,965 100.00%
Republican hold

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Geography, US Census Bureau. "Congressional Districts Relationship Files (state-based)". www.census.gov.
  2. ^ Bureau, Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov.
  3. ^ Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census Bureau. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov.
  4. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  5. ^ Justice Department approves Georgia's political maps. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Last accessed December 27, 2011
  6. ^ 2012 Congressional maps, Georgia Legislature. Last accessed January 1, 2012
  7. ^ 2012 Congressional maps - closeup of Macon and Columbus, Georgia Legislature. Last accessed January 1, 2012

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 31°46′47″N 83°27′05″W / 31.77972°N 83.45139°W / 31.77972; -83.45139