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Illinois's 18th congressional district

The 18th Congressional District of Illinois covers central and western Illinois, including all of Jacksonville and Quincy and parts of Bloomington, Peoria, and Springfield. Republican Aaron Schock had represented the district since January 2009, but resigned March 31, 2015.[4] Special elections were called to select Schock's replacement, with a primary on July 7 and the main election on September 10, 2015.[5] Republican State Senator Darin LaHood, son of former Rep. Ray LaHood, won the special election and reelection in 2016 and 2018.[6]

Illinois's 18th congressional district
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Illinois's 18th congressional district—since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Darin LaHood
RDunlap
Area10,516 sq mi (27,240 km2)
Distribution
  • 63.7% urban
  • 36.3% rural
Population (2011 est.)707,238
Median income$65,048[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+15[2][3]

Abraham Lincoln served much of the area that now lies within the 18th district for a single term; it was numbered as the 7th district at the time. It also contains most of the territory that was represented by future United States Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen (1933-1949, when it was the 16th District) and longtime House Minority Leader Bob Michel (1957-1995).

From 1949 to 2015, the district was represented by someone who either attended or graduated from Bradley University.

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2011 redistrictingEdit

The district covers parts of McLean, Peoria, Sangamon, Stark and Tazewell counties, and all of Adams, Brown, Cass, Hancock, Logan, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, Menard, Morgan, Pike, Schuyler, Scott and Woodford counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Bloomington, Chatham, Jacksonville, Lincoln, Macomb, Morton, Normal, Peoria, Quincy and Springfield are included.[7] The representatives for these districts were elected in the 2012 primary and general elections, and the boundaries became effective on January 5, 2013.

List of members representing the districtEdit

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1873
Isaac Clements Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
43rd [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
William Hartzell
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1879
44th
45th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
John R. Thomas Republican March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1883
46th
47th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 20th district.
 
William R. Morrison
Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1887
48th
49th
Redistricted from the 17th district.
Lost re-election.
 
Jehu Baker
Republican March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1889
50th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
William S. Forman Democratic March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1895
51st
52nd
53rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Frederick Remann Republican March 4, 1895 –
July 14, 1895
54th [Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant July 14, 1895 –
December 2, 1895
William F. L. Hadley Republican December 2, 1895 –
March 3, 1897
54th Elected to finish Remann's term.
Lost re-election.
 
Thomas M. Jett
Democratic March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1903
55th
56th
57th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Joseph G. Cannon
Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1913
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
Redistricted from the 12th district.
Lost re-election.
 
Frank T. O'Hair
Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
63rd [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Joseph G. Cannon
Republican March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1923
64th
65th
66th
67th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
William P. Holaday
Republican March 4, 1923 –
March 3, 1933
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
James A. Meeks Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1939
73rd
74th
75th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Jessie Sumner
Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1947
76th
77th
78th
79th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
Edward H. Jenison Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1949
80th [Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 23rd district.
Harold H. Velde Republican January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1957
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Robert H. Michel
Republican January 3, 1957 –
January 3, 1995
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Ray LaHood
Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 2009
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.[8]
 
Aaron Schock
Republican January 3, 2009 –
March 31, 2015
111th
112th
113th
114th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned.[9]
Vacant March 31, 2015 –
September 10, 2015
 
Darin LaHood
Republican September 10, 2015 –
Present
114th
115th
116th
Elected to finish Schock's term.

Selected recent election resultsEdit

Illinois's 18th congressional district: Results 1994–2015[10]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
1994 G. Douglas Stephens 78,332 39% Ray LaHood 119,838 60% *
1996 Mike Curran 98,413 41% Ray LaHood 143,110 59%
1998 (no candidate) Ray LaHood 158,175 100% *
2000 Joyce Harant 85,317 33% Ray LaHood 173,706 67%
2002 (no candidate) Ray LaHood 192,567 100%
2004 Steve Waterworth 91,548 30% Ray LaHood 216,047 70%
2006 Steve Waterworth 73,052 33% Ray LaHood 150,194 67%
2008 Colleen Callahan 117,642 38% Aaron Schock 182,589 59% *
2010 Deirdre "D.K." Hirner 57,046 26% Aaron Schock 152,868 69% *
2012 Steve Waterworth 85,164 26% Aaron Schock 244,467 74%
2014 Darrel Miller 62,377 25% Aaron Schock 184,363 75%
2015 (special) Rob Mellon 15,840 31% Darin LaHood 34,907 69%

* Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 1994, write-ins received 955 votes. In 1998, write-ins received 2 votes. In 2008, Green Party candidate Sheldon Schafer received 9,857 votes. In 2010, Schafer received 11,256 votes.

2008Edit

Ray LaHood decided not to seek re-election in 2008 and was chosen by Barack Obama to serve as U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Illinois State Representative Aaron Schock of Peoria won the seat for the Republicans in the November 4, 2008 election. His main opponent was Democrat Colleen Callahan, of Kickapoo, a radio and television broadcaster. Green Party candidate and educator Sheldon Schafer, of Peoria, was in a distant third place on the ballot.[11]

2010Edit

Recent election results from presidential racesEdit

Year Office Results
2000 President Bush 54 – 43%
2004 President Bush 58 – 42%
2008 President McCain 54 – 44%
2012 President Romney 61 – 37%
2016 President Trump 61 – 33%

Living former members from the districtEdit

As of January 2017, two former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 18th congressional district are alive.

Representative Term in office Date of birth (and age)
Ray LaHood 1995–2009 (1945-12-06) December 6, 1945 (age 73)
Aaron Schock 2009–2015 (1981-05-28) May 28, 1981 (age 38)

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
2003–2013

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=17&cd=18
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Barone, Michael; McCutcheon, Chuck (2013). The Almanac of American Politics 2014. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pp. 595–598. ISBN 978-0-226-10544-4. Copyright National Journal.
  4. ^ "Rep. Aaron Schock Plans to Resign in Wake of Spending Probe". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  5. ^ Garcia, Monique (April 14, 2015). "Judge sets special election dates for Schock seat in Congress". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  6. ^ "Darin LaHood wins special election to replace ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock". Chicago Tribune. September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  7. ^ Illinois Congressional District 18, Illinois Board of Elections
  8. ^ Retirement Announcement of Rep. Ray LaHood (Part 1 of 3). YouTube. August 11, 2007. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  9. ^ Sherman, Jake; Palmer, Anna; Bresnahan, John (March 17, 2015). "Aaron Schock resigns after new questions about mileage expenses". Politico.com. Arlington, Virginia. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  10. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Archived from the original on July 25, 2007. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  11. ^ "Elections". WEEK News 25 website. Granite Broadcasting. November 5, 2008. Archived from the original on December 10, 2008. Retrieved November 5, 2008. 100% of precincts reporting. Unframed data at "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 13, 2009. Retrieved February 18, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link).

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