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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
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Kentucky's 1st congressional district - since January 3, 2013.d
Current Representative James Comer (RTompkinsville)
Distribution
  • 36.88[1]% urban
  • 63.12% rural
Population (2016) 717,739[2]
Median income $40,253
Ethnicity
Cook PVI R+23[3]

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.[4][5]

Until January 1, 2006, Kentucky did not track party affiliation for registered voters who were neither Democratic nor Republican.[6] 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.[7]

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 representativesEdit

Representative Party Service Electoral history
  Christopher Greenup Anti-Administration November 9, 1792 –
March 3, 1795
[Data unknown/missing.]
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1797
  Thomas T. Davis Democratic-Republican March 4, 1797 –
March 3, 1803
[Data unknown/missing.]
  Matthew Lyon Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1811
[Data unknown/missing.]
  Anthony New Democratic-Republican March 4, 1811 –
March 3, 1813
[Data unknown/missing.]
  James Clark Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 –
August 1816
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
[Data unknown/missing.]
  David Trimble Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1823
[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. Senate.
  Alben W. Barkley Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1927
Retired to run for U.S. Senate.
  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
Resigned
Vacant September 6, 2016 –
November 8, 2016
  James Comer Republican November 8, 2016 –
Present

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 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky's 1st congressional districtEdit

As of June 2017, two former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky's 1st congressional district are alive. The most recent representative 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. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  4. ^ "Registration Statistics: By Congression District". Kentucky State Board of Elections. September 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  5. ^ "Registration Statistics: Other Political Organizations and Groups". Kentucky State Board of Elections. September 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  6. ^ "Kentucky Administrative Regulations 31KAR4:150". Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. November 2005. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  7. ^ "Register To Vote". Kentucky State Board of Elections. August 2003. Retrieved 2014-02-06.

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