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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
Representative
  James 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.

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, and Webster.

Recent presidential electionsEdit

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Bush 58 - 40%
2004 President Bush 63 - 36%
2008 President McCain 62 - 37%
2012 President Romney 66 - 32%
2016 President Trump 72 - 24%

List of members representing the districtEdit

Member Party Service Cong
ress
Electoral history Location
 
Christopher Greenup
Anti-Administration November 9, 1792 –
March 3, 1795
2nd
3rd
4th
Elected September 7, 1792.
Re-elected in 1793.
Re-elected in 1795.
Retired.
1792 – 1803
"Southern district": Jefferson, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nelson, Shelby, and Washington counties
Added in 1797: Green, Hardin, and Logan counties
Added in 1799: Barren, Bullitt, Christian, Cumberland, Garrard, Henderson, Henry, Livingston, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Pulaski, and Warren counties
Added in 1801: Breckinridge, Knox, and Wayne counties
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1797
Thomas T. Davis Democratic-Republican March 4, 1797 –
March 3, 1803
5th
6th
7th
Elected in 1797.
Re-elected in 1799.
Re-elected in 1801.
Retired.
 
Matthew Lyon
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1811
8th
9th
10th
11th
Elected in 1803.
Re-elected in 1804.
Re-elected in 1806.
Re-elected in 1808.
Lost re-election.
1803 – 1813
Adair, Barren, Christian, Cumberland, Henderson, Livingston, Logan, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Pulaski, Warren, and Wayne counties
Anthony New Democratic-Republican March 4, 1811 –
March 3, 1813
12th Elected in 1810.
Redistricted to the 5th district and retired.
 
James Clark
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 –
August 1816
13th
14th
Elected in 1812.
Re-elected in 1814.
Leave of absence April 8, 1816.
Resigned prior to August 1816.
1813 – 1823
Bath, Clark, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Greenup, and Montgomery counties
Vacant August 1816 –
December 2, 1816
Thomas Fletcher Democratic-Republican December 2, 1816 –
March 3, 1817
14th Elected to finish Clark's term.
Retired.
David Trimble Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1823
15th
16th
17th
18th
19th
Elected in 1816.
Re-elected in 1818.
Re-elected in 1820.
Re-elected in 1822.
Re-elected in 1824.
Lost re-election.
Adams-Clay Democratic-Republican March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
1823 – 1833
Bath, Fleming, Floyd, Greenup, Lawrence, Lewis, Montgomery, and Pike counties
Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1827
Henry Daniel Jacksonian March 4, 1827 –
March 3, 1833
20th
21st
22nd
Elected in 1827.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Chittenden Lyon Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1835
23rd Redistricted from the 12th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Linn Boyd
Jacksonian March 4, 1835 –
March 3, 1837
24th [Data unknown/missing.]
John L. Murray Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
25th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Linn Boyd
Democratic March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1855
26th
27th
28th
29th
30th
31st
32nd
33rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Henry C. Burnett
Democratic March 4, 1855 –
December 3, 1861
34th
35th
36th
37th
Expelled.
Samuel L. Casey Unionist March 10, 1862 –
March 3, 1863
37th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Lucien Anderson
Unconditional Unionist March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1865
38th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Lawrence S. Trimble
Democratic March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1871
39th
40th
41st
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Edward Crossland
Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1875
42nd
43rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Andrew Boone
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1879
44th
45th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Oscar Turner
Independent Democratic March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1881
46th
47th
48th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Democratic March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1883
Independent Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
 
William J. Stone
Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1895
49th
50th
51st
52nd
53rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
John K. Hendrick
Democratic March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1897
54th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Charles K. Wheeler
Democratic March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1903
55th
56th
57th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Ollie M. James
Democratic March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1913
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Alben W. Barkley
Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1927
63rd
64th
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
 
William V. Gregory
Democratic March 4, 1927 –
March 3, 1933
70th
71st
72nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the at-large district.
District not in use March 4, 1933 –
March 3, 1935
 
William V. Gregory
Democratic March 4, 1935 –
October 10, 1936
74th Redistricted from the at-large district.
Died.
Vacant October 10, 1936 –
January 3, 1937
 
Noble J. Gregory
Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1959
75th
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
 
Frank Stubblefield
Democratic January 3, 1959 –
December 31, 1974
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination and then resigned.
Vacant December 31, 1974 –
January 3, 1975
 
Carroll Hubbard
Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1993
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
 
Tom Barlow
Democratic January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1995
103rd [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
1993 – 2003
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Ed Whitfield
Republican January 3, 1995 –
September 6, 2016
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
114th
[Data unknown/missing.].
Retired and then resigned early.
2003 – 2013
 
2013 – Present
 
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, and Webster counties
Vacant September 6, 2016 –
November 8, 2016
 
James Comer
Republican November 8, 2016 –
Present
114th
115th
116th
Elected to finish Whitfield's term.
Also elected in 2016 to the next term.
Re-elected in 2018.

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 (served 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 82)
Ed Whitfield 1995–2016 (1943-05-25) May 25, 1943 (age 76)

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