Hawaii's 2nd congressional district
Hawaii's 2nd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Hawaii. It is currently represented by Kai Kahele, who succeeded Tulsi Gabbard following the 2020 election. The district encompasses all rural and most suburban areas of Oahu/Honolulu County, as well as the entire state outside of Oahu. Besides Honolulu, the district includes the counties of Kauai, Maui, Kalawao, and Hawaii ("the Big Island"). The district spans 331 miles. The most populous community entirely within the district is Hilo. Major segments of the economy include tourism, ranching, and agriculture.
|Hawaii's 2nd congressional district|
When Hawaii and Alaska were admitted to the Union in 1959, both new states were granted one at-large Representative to Congress pending the next United States Census. In the reapportionment following the 1960 U.S. Census, Hawaii was entitled to a second U.S. Representative. Instead of creating two congressional districts, the state continued to elect its U.S. Representatives at-large. Two representatives were first elected in 1962 and Hawaii was first represented by two U.S. Representatives on January 2, 1963 upon the convening of the 88th Congress.
The 2nd Congressional District was created in 1971 when Hawaii began electing its representatives from districts instead of electing an at-large U.S. Representative statewide.
In January 2019, Hawaii state senator Kai Kahele announced he would run for the seat in 2020. Other Democrats that announced are David Cornejo, Brian Evans (a self-described "Berniecrat" who ran for the seat as a Republican in 2018), Noelle Famera, and Ryan Meza. Republicans Joseph Akana and Jonathan Hoomanawanui also announced. Kahele won the Democratic nomination on August 8, 2020 and the subsequent general election on November 3, 2020.
The 2nd Congressional District has a Cook Partisan Voting Index of D+19. The district has supported the Democratic candidate in every presidential election since 1988, and has never elected a Republican House representative.
|Presidential Election Results since 2000|
|2000||Al Gore (D) 56% – George W. Bush (R) 36%|
|2004||John Kerry (D) 56% – George W. Bush (R) 44%|
|2008||Barack Obama (D) 73% – John McCain (R) 25%|
|2012||Barack Obama (D) 71% – Mitt Romney (R) 27%|
|2016||Hillary Clinton (D) 61% – Donald Trump (R) 30%|
|2020||Joe Biden (D) 64% – Donald Trump (R) 34%|
Under the U.S. Constitution, a candidate for this district only has to be a resident of Hawaii, but does not have to live in the district itself. The first non-resident to be elected to this U.S. House seat was Ed Case, a Honolulu attorney, though Case was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. The home state office of the Second Congressional District is at the Prince Kuhio Federal Building near Honolulu Harbor.
List of members representing the districtEdit
|Democratic||Patsy Mink (Incumbent)||91,038||100.00%|
|Democratic win (new seat)|
|Democratic||Patsy Mink (Incumbent)||79,856||57.08%|
|Democratic||Patsy Mink (Incumbent)||86,916||62.58%|
|Republican||Carla W. Coray||51,984||37.42%|
|Independents for Godly Government||Bill Penaroza||3,461||2.22%|
|People's Party||Dexter Cate||2,408||1.54%|
|Democratic||Daniel Akaka (Incumbent)||118,272||85.73%|
|Libertarian||Amelia L. Fritts||3,988||2.89%|
|Democratic||Daniel Akaka (Incumbent)||141,477||89.90%|
|Democratic||Daniel Akaka (Incumbent)||132,072||89.23%|
|Nonpartisan||Gregory B. Mills||9,080||6.14%|
|Libertarian||Amelia L. Fritts||6,856||4.63%|
|Democratic||Daniel Akaka (Incumbent)||112,377||82.18%|
|Republican||A.D. (Al) Shipley||20,000||14.63%|
|Libertarian||Amelia L. Fritts||4,364||3.19%|
|Democratic||Daniel Akaka (Incumbent)||123,830||76.05%|
|Republican||Maria M. Hustace||35,371||21.73%|
|Democratic||Daniel Akaka (Incumbent)||144,802||88.94%|
|Libertarian||Lloyd Jeffrey Mallan||18,006||11.06%|
|Democratic||Duane A. Black||1,242||0.90%|
|Libertarian||Lloyd Jeffrey Mallan||791||0.57%|
|Democratic||Patsy Mink (Incumbent)||118,155||66.27%|
|Libertarian||Lloyd Jeffrey Mallan||5,508||3.09%|
|Democratic||Patsy Mink (Incumbent)||131,454||72.65%|
|Libertarian||Lloyd Jeffrey Mallan||9,431||5.21%|
|Democratic||Patsy Mink (Incumbent)||124,431||70.14%|
|Republican||Robert H. (Lopaka) Garner||42,891||24.18%|
|Democratic||Patsy Mink (Incumbent)||109,178||60.33%|
|Republican||Tom Pico Jr.||55,729||30.80%|
|Libertarian||James M. Keefe||4,769||2.64%|
|Natural Law||Amanda (Mandy) Toulon||3,564||1.97%|
|Democratic||Patsy Mink (Incumbent)||144,254||69.40%|
|Republican||Carol J. Douglass||50,423||24.25%|
|Libertarian||Noreen Leilehua Chun||13,194||6.35%|
|Democratic||Patsy Mink (Incumbent)||112,856||61.59%|
|Libertarian||Lawrence G.K. Duquesne||4,468||2.44%|
|Democratic||Patsy Mink (Incumbent)||100,671||56.16%|
|Libertarian||Lloyd Jeffrey Mallan||4,719||2.63%|
|Natural Law||Nick Bedworth||2,200||1.23%|
|No party||34 others||2,754||5.96%|
|Democratic||Ed Case (Incumbent)||33,002||43.24%|
|No party||39 others||5,435||7.12%|
|Democratic||Ed Case (Incumbent)||133,317||62.77%|
|Democratic||Mazie Hirono (Incumbent)||165,748||76.06%|
|Republican||Roger B. Evans||44,425||20.39%|
|Libertarian||Lloyd Jeffrey Mallan||3,699||1.70%|
|Democratic||Mazie Hirono (Incumbent)||132,290||72.19%|
|Republican||John W. Willoughby||46,404||25.32%|
|Nonpartisan||Andrew V. Von Sonn||1,310||0.72%|
|Democratic||Tulsi Gabbard (Incumbent)||142,010||78.7%|
|Democratic||Tulsi Gabbard (Incumbent)||170,848||76.23%|
|Republican||Angela Aulani Kaaihue||39,668||17.70%|
|Democratic||Tulsi Gabbard (Incumbent)||153,271||77.4%|
|Libertarian||Michelle Rose Tippens||6,785||2.5%||2.5|
|Aloha ʻĀina||Jonathan Hoomanawanui||6,453||2.4%||2.4|
|American Shopping||John Giuffre||661||0.2%||0.2|
Historical district boundariesEdit
- 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
- "United States Census". Retrieved 22 July 2014.
- "My Congressional District". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
- "Introducing the 2021 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index". The Cook Political Report. April 15, 2021. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
- Cocke, Sophie; Nov. 18, 2019 (November 18, 2019). "Former Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho endorses Kai Kahele for Congress". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved November 28, 2019.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
- Hawaii Office of Elections: Election results separated by year. Accessed February 11, 2015.
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- "Hawaii General Election 2014" (PDF). Hawaii Office of Elections. 2014-11-04. Retrieved 2014-12-18.
- "PRIMARY ELECTION 2016 – State of Hawaii – Statewide". State of Hawaii Office of Elections. August 16, 2016. p. 1. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
- "Statewide Summary" (PDF). Office of Elections. State of Hawaii. Retrieved 20 November 2018.