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Iowa's 1st congressional district

Iowa's 1st congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Iowa that covers its northeastern part. The district includes the cities of Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo. Democrat Abby Finkenauer is the current U.S. representative.

Iowa's 1st congressional district
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Iowa's 1st congressional district since January 3, 2013
Representative
  Abby Finkenauer
DDubuque
Distribution
  • 66.35% urban
  • 33.65% rural
Population (2018 est.)773,628
Median income$59,788[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+1[2]

RedistrictingEdit

On June 22, 2001, the Iowa General Assembly passed a redistricting plan. The plan went into effect in 2002 for the 108th United States Congress. The prior redistricting plan was effective from 1992 to 2001.[3]

Cities in the districtEdit

Presidential voting since 2000Edit

Election results from presidential races:

Year Office Results
2000 President Gore 52% – Bush 45%
2004 President Kerry 53% – Bush 46%
2008 President Obama 58% – McCain 41%
2012 President Obama 56% – Romney 43%
2016 President Trump 49% – Clinton 45%

List of members representing the districtEdit

Representative Party Term Cong
ress
Note
District created
March 4, 1847 [Data unknown/missing.]
 
William Thompson
Democratic March 4, 1847 –
June 29, 1850
30th
31st
Seat declared vacant due to an election challenge.[4]
Vacant June 29, 1850 –
December 20, 1850
Daniel F. Miller December 20, 1850 –
March 3, 1851
31st [Data unknown/missing.]
Bernhart Henn Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1855
32nd
33rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Augustus Hall
Democratic March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
34th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Samuel Curtis
Republican March 4, 1857 –
August 4, 1861
35th
36th
37th
Resigned to serve as a Colonel in the 2nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
Vacant August 4, 1861 –
October 8, 1861
 
James F. Wilson
Republican October 8, 1861 –
March 3, 1869
37th
38th
39th
40th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
George W. McCrary
Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1877
41st
42nd
43rd
44th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Joseph C. Stone
Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1879
45th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Moses A. McCoid
Republican March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1885
46th
47th
48th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Benton J. Hall Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1887
49th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
John H. Gear
Republican March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1891
50th
51st
[Data unknown/missing.]
John J. Seerley Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
52nd [Data unknown/missing.]
 
John H. Gear
Republican March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1895
53rd [Data unknown/missing.]
Samuel M. Clark Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1899
54th
55th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Thomas Hedge
Republican March 4, 1899 –
March 3, 1907
56th
57th
58th
59th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Charles A. Kennedy Republican March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1921
60th
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
65th
66th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
William F. Kopp
Republican March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1933
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Edward C. Eicher
Democratic March 4, 1933 –
December 2, 1938
73rd
74th
75th
Resigned after being appointed as a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Vacant December 2, 1938 –
January 3, 1939
 
Thomas E. Martin
Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1955
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Fred Schwengel
Republican January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1965
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
John R. Schmidhauser
Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1967
89th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Fred Schwengel
Republican January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1973
90th
91st
92nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Edward Mezvinsky
Democratic January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1977
93rd
94th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Jim Leach
Republican January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 2003
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
Redistricted to the 2nd district.
 
Jim Nussle
Republican January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2007
108th
109th
Redistricted from the 2nd district.
 
Bruce Braley
Democratic January 3, 2007 –
January 3, 2015
110th
111th
112th
113th
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
 
Rod Blum
Republican January 3, 2015 –
January 3, 2019
114th
115th
Lost re-election.
 
Abby Finkenauer
Democratic January 3, 2019 –
Present
116th Elected in 2018.

Historical election resultsEdit

Year[5] Party affiliation Winner Number of votes Party affiliation Loser Number of votes Percentage of votes
1920 Republican William F. Kopp 38,100 Democrat E.W. McManus 20,977 64% - 36%
1922 Republican William F. Kopp 26,651 Democratic John M. Lindley 14,056 65% - 34%
1924 Republican William F. Kopp 42,711 Democratic James M. Bell 17,110 71% - 29%
1926 Republican William F. Kopp 27,358 Democratic James M. Bell 11,408 71% - 29%
1928 Republican William F. Kopp 45,806 N/A No Opponent N/A 100% - 0%
1930 Republican William F. Kopp 27,053 Democratic Max A. Conrad 15,538 63% - 36%
1932 Democratic Edward C. Eicher 55,378 Republican William F. Kopp 46,738 54% - 46%
1934 Democratic Edward C. Eicher 48,544 Republican E. R. Hicklin 39,047 55% - 44%
1936 Democratic Edward C. Eicher 55,721 Republican John N. Calhoun 53,474 51% - 49%
1938 Republican Thomas E. Martin 46,636 Democratic James P. Gaffney 33,765 58% - 42%
1940 Republican Thomas E. Martin 70,120 Democratic Zoe S. Nabers 46,040 60% - 40%
1942 Republican Thomas E. Martin 55,139 Democratic Vern W. Nall 32,893 61% - 37%
1944 Republican Thomas E. Martin 72,729 Democratic Clair A. Williams 60,048 55% - 45%
1946 Republican Thomas E. Martin 52,488 Democratic Clair A. Williams 32,849 62% - 38%
1948 Republican Thomas E. Martin 70,959 Democratic James D. France 60,860 53% - 46%
1950 Republican Thomas E. Martin 70,058 Democratic James D. France 43,140 62% - 38%
1952 Republican Thomas E. Martin 105,526 Democratic Clair A. Williams 62,011 63% - 37%
1954 Republican Fred Schwengel 67,128 Democratic John O'Connor 50,577 57% - 43%
1956 Republican Fred Schwengel 94,223 Democratic Ronald O. Bramhall 68,287 58% - 42%
1958 Republican Fred Schwengel 59,577 Democratic Thomas J. Dailey 51,996 53% - 47%
1960 Republican Fred Schwengel 104,737 Democratic Walter J. Guenther 67,287 61% - 39%
1962 Republican Fred Schwengel 65,975 Democratic Harold Stephens 42,000 61% - 39%
1964 Democratic John R. Schmidhauser 84,042 Republican Fred Schwengel 80,697 51% - 49%
1966 Republican Fred Schwengel 64,795 Democratic John R. Schmidhauser 60,534 51% - 48%
1968 Republican Fred Schwengel 91,419 Democratic John R. Schmidhauser 81,049 53% - 47%
1970 Republican Fred Schwengel 60,270 Democratic Edward Mezvinsky 59,505 50% - 49%
1972 Democratic Edward Mezvinsky 107,099 Republican Fred Schwengel 91,609 53% - 46%
1974 Democratic Edward Mezvinsky 75,687 Republican Jim Leach 63,540 54% - 46%
1976 Republican Jim Leach 109,694 Democratic Edward Mezvinsky 101,024 52% - 48%
1978 Republican Jim Leach 79,940 Democratic Richard E. Meyers 45,037 63% - 36%
1980 Republican Jim Leach 133,349 Democratic Jim Larew 72,602 64% - 35%
1982 Republican Jim Leach 89,595 Democratic Bill Gluba 61,734 59% - 41%
1984 Republican Jim Leach 131,182 Democratic Kevin Ready 65,293 68% - 33%
1986 Republican Jim Leach 86,834 Democratic John R. Whitaker 43,985 66% - 34%
1988 Republican Jim Leach 112,746 Democratic Bill Gluba 71,280 61% - 38%
1990 Republican Jim Leach 90,042 Scattering Scattering 151 99% - 1%
1992 Republican Jim Leach 178,042 Democratic Jan J. Zonneveld 81,600 68% - 31%
1994 Republican Jim Leach 110,448 Democratic Glen Winekauf 69,461 60% - 38%
1996 Republican Jim Leach 129,242 Democratic Bob Rush 111,595 53% - 46%
1998 Republican Jim Leach 106,419 Democratic Bob Rush 79,529 57% - 42%
2000 Republican Jim Leach 164,972 Democratic Bob Simpson 96,283 62% - 36%
2002 Republican Jim Nussle 112,280 Democratic Ann Hutchinson 83,779 57% - 43%
2004 Republican Jim Nussle 159,993 Democratic Bill Gluba 125,490 55% - 44%
2006 Democratic Bruce Braley 113,724 Republican Mike Whalen 89,471 56% - 44%
2008 Democratic Bruce Braley 178,229 Republican David Hartsuch 99,447 64% - 35%
2010 Democratic Bruce Braley 103,931[6] Republican Ben Lange 99,976 49% - 48%
2012 Democratic Bruce Braley 222,422 Republican Ben Lange 162,465 57% - 42%
2014 Republican Rod Blum 147,513 Democratic Pat Murphy 140,086 51%-49%
2016 Republican Rod Blum 206,903 Democratic Monica Vernon 177,403 53.7%-46.1%
2018 Democratic Abby Finkenauer 169,348 Republican Rod Blum 152,540 50.9%-46.0%

Recent election resultsEdit

2002Edit

Iowa's 1st Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Nussle 112,280 57.15
Democratic Ann Hutchinson 83,779 42.65
No party Others 396 0.20%
Total votes 196,455 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2004Edit

Iowa's 1st Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Nussle* 159,993 55.16
Democratic Bill Gluba 125,490 43.26
Libertarian Mark Nelson 2,727 0.94
Independent Denny Heath 1,756 0.61
No party Others 88 0.03%
Total votes 290,054 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2006Edit

Iowa's 1st Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bruce Braley 114,322 55.06
Republican Mike Whalen 89,729 43.22
Independent James Hill 2,201 1.06
Libertarian Albert W. Schoeman 1,226 0.59
No party Others 143 0.07%
Total votes 207,621 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic gain from Republican
  • NOTE: James Hill ran on the Pirate Party platform on the ballot.

2008Edit

Iowa's 1st Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bruce Braley* 186,991 64.56
Republican David Hartsuch 102,439 35.37
No party Others 199 0.07%
Total votes 289,629 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold

2010Edit

Iowa's 1st Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bruce Braley* 104,428 49.52
Republican Ben Lange 100,219 47.52
Libertarian Rob Petsche 4,087 1.94
Independent Jason A. Faulkner 2,092 0.99
No party Others 76 0.04%
Total votes 210,902 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold

2012Edit

Iowa's 1st Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bruce Braley* 222,422 54.90
Republican Ben Lange 162,465 40.10
Independent Gregory Hughes 4,772 1.18
Independent George Todd Krail II 931 0.23
No party Others 259 0.06%
Total votes 405,110 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold

2014Edit

Iowa's 1st Congressional District Election (2014)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rod Blum 145,383 51.18
Democratic Pat Murphy 138,335 48.70
No party Others 348 0.12%
Total votes 284,066 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic

2016Edit

 
Map showing the results of the 2016 election in Iowa's First congressional district by County
Iowa's 1st Congressional District Election (2016)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rod Blum (incumbent) 206,903 53.7
Democratic Monica Vernon 177,403 46.1
No party Others 671 0.2%
Total votes 384,977 100.00
Republican hold

2018Edit

U.S. House election, 2018:[7] Iowa District 1
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Abby Finkenauer 169,496 50.9 +4.8
Republican Rod Blum (Incumbent) 153,077 45.6 -7.7
Libertarian Troy Hageman 10,239 3.1 +3.1
Write-ins 171 0.05 -0.15
Majority 16,419 5.3
Turnout 332,983 100
Democratic gain from Republican Swing +12.5

Living former congressmen from the districtEdit

As of January 2019, five former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa's 1st congressional district are alive. The most recent representative to die was John R. Schmidhauser (served 1965–1967) on February 21, 2018. The most recently serving representative to die was Fred Schwengel (served 1955–1965, 1967–1973) on April 1, 1993.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Edward Mezvinsky 1973–1977 (1937-01-17) January 17, 1937 (age 82)
Jim Leach 1977–2003 (1942-10-15) October 15, 1942 (age 77)
Jim Nussle 2003–2007 (1960-06-27) June 27, 1960 (age 59)
Bruce Braley 2007–2015 (1957-10-30) October 30, 1957 (age 62)
Rod Blum 2015–2019 (1955-04-26) April 26, 1955 (age 64)

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
2003 - 2013

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=19&cd=01
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ "2001 Iowa Redistricting Plan". Iowa General Assembly. 2001.
  4. ^ Schmidt, Louis B., "The Miller-Thompson Election Contest," Iowa Journal of History and Politics 12, pp. 34-127 (Jan. 1914).
  5. ^ "Election Statistics". 2005. Archived from the original on 2007-07-25.
  6. ^ CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/election2010/state.shtml?state=IA. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Iowa General Election 2018". Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved November 11, 2018.


Coordinates: 42°31′40″N 91°53′46″W / 42.52778°N 91.89611°W / 42.52778; -91.89611