Hawaii's congressional districts
Before statehood, the Territory of Hawaii was represented by a non-voting delegate.
From statehood until 1963, Hawaii had one representative. From 1963 to the creation of the two districts in 1971, Hawaii was represented in the United States House of Representatives with two representatives elected at-large statewide.
Current districts and representativesEdit
|District||Representative||Party||CPVI||Incumbent time in office||District map|
|1st||Ed Case (D–Kaneohe)||Democratic||D+14||January 3, 2019 – present|
|2nd||Kai Kahele (D-Hilo)||Democratic||D+15||January 3, 2021 – present|
The first congressional district is far smaller in area and has a much denser population than the second district. Covering the southeastern parts of the City & County of Honolulu, including downtown Honolulu, the district was represented by Democrat Colleen Hanabusa from 2016-2019 when she retired to unsuccessfully run for governor of Hawaii. Before her, Mark Takai held the seat from January 2015 until his death in July 2016. A special election was scheduled for November 8, 2016, the same day as the regularly-scheduled election, to fill Takai's seat for the remainder of the 114th United States Congress. That election was won by Colleen Hanabusa.
Ed Case took office in 2019.
The second congressional district is far more spread out than the first district. Including northern and western Oahu, along with the entirety of the state's other islands, the district includes Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii counties, along with part of Honolulu County. The entire district spans 331 miles (533 km) and comprises small towns with historical roots in the pineapple and sugarcane plantations. It was represented by Democrat Tulsi Gabbard from 2013 to 2020.
Kai Kahele took office in 2021.
Historical and present district boundariesEdit
Table of United States congressional district boundary maps in the State of Hawaii, presented chronologically. All redistricting events that took place in Hawaii between 1973 and 2013 are shown.
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