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Indiana's 7th congressional district

Indiana's 7th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Indiana. Based in the heart of the state, the district encompasses most of Marion County and Indianapolis, except for the north side, which is represented by the 5th District.

Indiana's 7th congressional district
Indiana US Congressional District 7 (since 2013).tif
Indiana's 7th congressional district – since January 3, 2013
Representative
  André Carson
DIndianapolis
Area265 sq mi (690 km2)
Distribution
  • 99.7% urban
  • 0.3% rural
Population (2000)675,674
Median income$42,630[1]
Ethnicity
Occupation
Cook PVID+11[2]

The district is currently represented by Democrat André Carson, who won a special election in 2008 to succeed his grandmother Julia Carson following her death in 2007.

The district is one of three to be represented by a Muslim in the United States (the others being Michigan's 13th, represented by Rashida Tlaib, and Minnesota's 5th, represented by Ilhan Omar).[3]

This district has not elected a Republican since the 2000 election when it covered a completely different area of the state, and is considered a safe Democratic seat.

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Election results from presidential racesEdit

CharacteristicsEdit

The current area of the 7th Congressional District is largely the same as the now eliminated 10th Congressional District (including all of Center Township, now widely regarded as a Democratic stronghold due to its large African American population and gentrified middle class.)

Traditionally, the city and the district has been more competitive and much more Republican; in fact, one of the most Republican metropolitan areas in the country, particularly during the years when Richard Lugar and William H. Hudnut III served as Mayor of Indianapolis. However, in recent decades, much of the affluence of the city has begun to migrate to the edges of the city and outer Marion County, which has resulted in the Democratic lean. The northern edge of Marion county - an affluent, strongly conservative area - is not included in the district.

The southern and eastern parts of the district include the more modest neighborhoods of the city, which is home to Amtrak's largest repair yard. Since the late 1990s, there has been an influx of Mexican and Hispanic workers to the district, which has further increased its Democratic leanings. Also, as the industrial and financial center of Indiana, the district has been strongly influenced by the politics of the unions in the past; however, their influence over the district has become increasingly marginal in recent years.

In recent presidential contests, the district itself has given comfortable margins to Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama. Most recently in 2008, Barack Obama won 71% of the vote in the 7th Congressional District.

RedistrictingEdit

Prior to the 2002 redistricting, the district referred to a completely different area of Indiana, covering Fountain, Parke, Tippecanoe, Montgomery, Clinton, Boone, Hendricks, Vigo, Clay, Putnam, and Owen counties and parts of Morgan and Hamilton counties. It had a dramatically different political history from the current 7th; it was a solidly Republican and rural area anchored by Terre Haute and Lafayette.

After the loss of a congressional seat in 2000 by virtue of that year's census, an ambitious redistricting plan was embarked upon, which was eventually implemented in 2002. As mentioned above, most of the old 10th became the new 7th, while the territory of the old 7th was split 4th Congressional District and the 8th Congressional District.

List of representativesEdit

Representative Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1833
  Edward A. Hannegan Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1837
23rd
24th
[Data unknown/missing.]
  Albert S. White Whig March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
25th [Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant March 3, 1839 –
August 5, 1839
  Tilghman A. Howard Democratic August 5, 1839 –
July 1, 1840
26th [Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant July 1, 1840 –
August 3, 1840
  Henry S. Lane Whig August 3, 1840 –
March 3, 1843
26th
27th
[Data unknown/missing.]
  Joseph A. Wright Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
28th [Data unknown/missing.]
  Edward W. McGaughey Whig March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1847
29th [Data unknown/missing.]
  Richard W. Thompson Whig March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1849
30th [Data unknown/missing.]
  Edward W. McGaughey Whig March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1851
31st [Data unknown/missing.]
  John G. Davis Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1855
32nd
33rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
  Harvey D. Scott Opposition March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
34th [Data unknown/missing.]
  John G. Davis Anti-Lecompton Democrat March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1861
35th
36th
[Data unknown/missing.]
  Daniel W. Voorhees Democratic March 4, 1861 –
February 23, 1866
37th
38th
39th
Lost contested election
  Henry D. Washburn Republican February 23, 1866 –
March 3, 1869
39th
40th
Won contested election
  Godlove S. Orth Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1871
41st Redistricted from the 8th district.
  Mahlon D. Manson Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1873
42nd [Data unknown/missing.]
  Thomas J. Cason Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
43rd Redistricted to the 9th district.
  Franklin Landers Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
44th [Data unknown/missing.]
  John Hanna Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1879
45th [Data unknown/missing.]
  Gilbert De La Matyr Greenback March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1881
46th [Data unknown/missing.]
  Stanton J. Peelle Republican March 4, 1881 –
May 22, 1884
47th
48th
Lost contested election
  William E. English Democratic May 22, 1884 –
March 3, 1885
48th Won contested election
  William D. Bynum Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1895
49th
50th
51st
52nd
53rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
  Charles L. Henry Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1897
54th Redistricted to the 8th district.
  Jesse Overstreet Republican March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1909
55th
56th
57th
58th
59th
60th
Redistricted from the 5th district.
  Charles A. Korbly Democratic March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1915
61st
62nd
63rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
  Merrill Moores Republican March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1925
64th
65th
66th
67th
68th
[Data unknown/missing.]
  Ralph E. Updike Republican March 4, 1925 –
March 3, 1929
69th
70th
[Data unknown/missing.]
  Louis Ludlow Democratic March 4, 1929 –
March 3, 1933
71st
72nd
Redistricted to the 12th district.
  Arthur H. Greenwood Democratic March 3, 1933 –
January 3, 1939
73rd
74th
75th
[Data unknown/missing.]
  Gerald W. Landis Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1949
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
[Data unknown/missing.]
  James E. Noland Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1951
81st [Data unknown/missing.]
  William G. Bray Republican January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1967
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
Redistricted to the 6th district.
  John T. Myers Republican January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1997
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
[Data unknown/missing.]
  Edward A. Pease Republican January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2001
105th
106th
[Data unknown/missing.]
  Brian D. Kerns Republican January 3, 2001 –
January 3, 2003
107th [Data unknown/missing.]
  Julia Carson Democratic January 3, 2003 –
December 15, 2007
108th
109th
110th
Redistricted from the 10th district.
Died.
Vacant December 15, 2007 –
March 11, 2008
  André Carson Democratic March 11, 2008 –
Present
110th
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
First elected to finish Carson's term.

Election resultsEdit

2002Edit

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Julia Carson 77,478 53.13
Republican Ambrose McVey 64,379 44.14
Libertarian Andrew Horning 3,919 2.69
No party Others 64 0.04%
Total votes 145,840 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic gain from Republican

2004Edit

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Julia Carson (Incumbent) 121,303 54.35
Republican Andrew Horning 97,491 43.68
Libertarian Barry Campbell 4,381 1.96
Total votes 223,175 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold

2006Edit

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Julia Carson (Incumbent) 74,750 53.76
Republican Eric Dickerson 64,304 46.24
Total votes 139,054 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold

2008Edit

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Special Election (March 11, 2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic André Carson 45,668 54.04
Republican Jonathan Elrod 36,415 43.09
Libertarian Sean Sheppard 2,430 2.88
Total votes 84,513 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold
Indiana's 7th Congressional District General Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic André Carson (Incumbent) 172,650 65.08
Republican Gabrielle Campo 92,645 34.92
Total votes 265,295 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold

2010Edit

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic André Carson (Incumbent) 86,011 58.90
Republican Marvin B. Scott 55,213 37.81
Libertarian Dav Wilson 4,815 3.30
Total votes 146,039 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold

2012Edit

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic André Carson (Incumbent) 162,122 62.85
Republican Carlos May 95,828 37.15
Total votes 257,950 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold

2014Edit

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Election, (2014)[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Andre Carson (Incumbent) 61,443 54.73
Republican Catherine Ping 46,887 41.77
Libertarian Chris Mayo 3,931 3.50
Total votes 112,261 100.00
Democratic hold

2016Edit

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Election (2016)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic André Carson (Incumbent) 158,739 59.98
Republican Catherine Ping 94,456 35.69
Libertarian Drew Thompson 11,475 4.34
Total votes 264,670 100.00
Democratic hold

Living former MembersEdit

As of May 2015, two former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 7th congressional district are alive. The most recent representative to die was John T. Myers (served 1967-1997) on January 27, 2015. The most recently serving representative to die was Julia Carson (served 2003-2007), who died in office on December 15, 2007.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Edward A. Pease 1997-2001 (1951-05-22) May 22, 1951 (age 68)
Brian D. Kerns 2001-2003 (1957-05-22) May 22, 1957 (age 62)

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
2003 - 2013
 
The two different locations of the 7th district since 1982.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ My Congressional District
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ How many members of the new Congress are Catholic?, Michael J. O’Loughlin, January 3, 2019
  4. ^ "Secretary of State : Election Division: Election Results". Retrieved 18 December 2014.

Coordinates: 39°45′N 86°9′W / 39.750°N 86.150°W / 39.750; -86.150