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Kentucky's 1st congressional district

Kentucky's 1st congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Kentucky. Located in Western Kentucky, the district takes in Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Paducah, and the college town of Murray.

Kentucky's 1st congressional district
Kentucky US Congressional District 1 (since 2013).tif
Kentucky's 1st congressional district - since January 3, 2013.d
U.S. RepresentativeJames Comer (RTompkinsville)
Distribution
  • 36.88[1]% urban
  • 63.12% rural
Population (2016)717,739[2]
Median income$41,930[3]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+23[4]
Sign in front of the McCracken, Kentucky Courthouse (in Paducah, Kentucky) commemorating early members of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Jackson Purchase (U.S. historical region). The "First District" in the title actually changed over time. It refers to the Jackson Purchase, which was in the 5th district from 1819 to 1823, the 12th district until 1833, and then the 1st district until the end of the sign's lineage in 1855.

The district is represented by Republican James Comer who won a special election to fill the seat of Rep. Ed Whitfield who resigned September 2016. Comer also won election to the regular term to begin January 3, 2017.

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CharacteristicsEdit

Although Democrats have an almost 2-to-1 edge in registration and still hold most local offices in the district, they tend to be very conservative on social issues, a trend which favors Republicans at the federal level.

As of September 2013, there were 505,870 registered voters: 302,406 (59.77%) Democrats, 174,137 (34.42%) Republicans, and 29,327 (5.80%) "Others". All of the "Others" included 21,711 (4.29%) unclassified Others, 7,011 (1.39%) Independents, 419 (0.08%) Libertarians, 93 (0.02%) Greens, 65 (0.01%) Constitutionalists, 19 (0.0038%) Reforms, and 9 (0.0018%) Socialist Workers.[5][6]

Until January 1, 2006, Kentucky did not track party affiliation for registered voters who were neither Democratic nor Republican.[7] The Kentucky voter registration card does not explicitly list anything other than Democratic Party, Republican Party, or Other, with the "Other" option having a blank line and no instructions on how to register as something else.[8]

Kentucky counties within the 1st Congressional District: Adair, Allen, Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Casey, Christian, Clinton, Crittenden, Cumberland, Fulton, Graves, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, Marion | McCracken, McLean, Metcalfe, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Russell, Simpson, Taylor, Todd, Trigg, Union, Webster

List of members representing the districtEdit

Representative Party Service Electoral history
 
Christopher Greenup
Anti-Administration November 9, 1792 –
March 3, 1795
Elected September 7, 1792.
Re-elected in 1793.
Re-elected in 1795.

Retired.
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1797
Thomas T. Davis Democratic-Republican March 4, 1797 –
March 3, 1803
Elected in 1797.
Re-elected in 1799.
Re-elected in 1801.

Retired.
 
Matthew Lyon
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1811
Elected in 1803.
Re-elected in 1804.
Re-elected in 1806.
Re-elected in 1808.

Lost re-election.
Anthony New Democratic-Republican March 4, 1811 –
March 3, 1813
Elected in 1810.

Redistricted to the 5th district and retired.
 
James Clark
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 –
August 1816
Elected in 1812.
Re-elected in 1814.
Leave of absence April 8, 1816.

Resigned prior to August 1816.
Vacant August 1816 –
December 2, 1816
Thomas Fletcher Democratic-Republican December 2, 1816 –
March 3, 1817
Elected to finish Clark's term.

Retired.
David Trimble Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1823
Elected in 1816.

[Data unknown/missing.]
Adams-Clay Democratic-Republican March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
Adams March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1827
Henry Daniel Jacksonian March 4, 1827 –
March 3, 1833
[Data unknown/missing.]
Chittenden Lyon Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1835
Redistricted from the 12th district.
 
Linn Boyd
Jacksonian March 4, 1835 –
March 3, 1837
[Data unknown/missing.]
John L. Murray Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Linn Boyd
Democratic March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1855
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Henry C. Burnett
Democratic March 4, 1855 –
December 3, 1861
Expelled.
Samuel L. Casey Unionist March 10, 1862 –
March 3, 1863
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Lucien Anderson
Unconditional Unionist March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1865
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Lawrence S. Trimble
Democratic March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1871
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Edward Crossland
Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1875
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Andrew Boone
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1879
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Oscar Turner
Independent Democrat March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1881
[Data unknown/missing.]
Democratic March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1883
Independent Democrat March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
 
William J. Stone
Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1895
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
John K. Hendrick
Democratic March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1897
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Charles K. Wheeler
Democratic March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1903
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Ollie M. James
Democratic March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1913
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
 
Alben W. Barkley
Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1927
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
 
William V. Gregory
Democratic March 4, 1927 –
March 3, 1933
Redistricted to the At-large district.
District redistricted to At-large district March 4, 1933.
District re-established January 3, 1935 from At-large district.
 
William V. Gregory
Democratic March 4, 1935 –
October 10, 1936
Redistricted from the At-large district.

Died.
Vacant October 10, 1936 –
January 3, 1937
 
Noble J. Gregory
Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1959
Lost renomination.
 
Frank Stubblefield
Democratic January 3, 1959 –
December 31, 1974
Lost renomination.

Resigned.
Vacant December 31, 1974 –
January 3, 1975
 
Carroll Hubbard
Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1993
Lost renomination.
 
Tom Barlow
Democratic January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1995
Lost re-election.
 
Ed Whitfield
Republican January 3, 1995 –
September 6, 2016
Retired and then resigned early.
Vacant September 6, 2016 –
November 8, 2016
 
James Comer
Republican November 8, 2016 –
Present
Elected to finish Whitfield's term.
Also elected in 2016 to the next term.

Recent election resultsEdit

2002Edit

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Whitfield* 117,600 65.26
Democratic Klint Alexander 62,617 34.74
Total votes 180,217 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2004Edit

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Whitfield* 175,972 67.37
Democratic Billy Cartwright 85,229 32.63
Total votes 261,201 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2006Edit

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Whitfield* 123,618 59.58
Democratic Tom Barlow 83,865 40.42
Total votes 207,483 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2008Edit

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Whitfield* 178,107 64.35
Democratic Heather Ryan 98,674 35.65
Total votes 276,781 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2010Edit

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Whitfield* 153,519 71.25
Democratic Charles K. Hatchett 61,690 28.75
Total votes 215,209 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2012Edit

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Whitfield* 199,956 69.63
Democratic Charles K. Hatchett 87,199 30.37
Total votes 287,155 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

Living former membersEdit

As of June 2017, there are two living former members of the House from the district. The most recent to die was Thomas Barlow (1993–1995) on January 31, 2017.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Carroll Hubbard 1975–1993 (1937-07-07) July 7, 1937 (age 81)
Ed Whitfield 1995–2016 (1943-05-25) May 25, 1943 (age 75)

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
2003 - 2013

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Geography, US Census Bureau. "Congressional Districts Relationship Files (state-based)". www.census.gov.
  2. ^ Bureau, Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov.
  3. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=21&cd=01
  4. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "Registration Statistics: By Congression District". Kentucky State Board of Elections. September 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  6. ^ "Registration Statistics: Other Political Organizations and Groups". Kentucky State Board of Elections. September 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  7. ^ "Kentucky Administrative Regulations 31KAR4:150". Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. November 2005. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  8. ^ "Register To Vote". Kentucky State Board of Elections. August 2003. Retrieved February 6, 2014.

Coordinates: 37°05′05″N 87°11′06″W / 37.08472°N 87.18500°W / 37.08472; -87.18500