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Kentucky's 2nd congressional district

Kentucky's 2nd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Kentucky. Located in west central Kentucky, the district includes Bowling Green, Owensboro, and Elizabethtown. The district has not seen an incumbent defeated since 1884.

Kentucky's 2nd congressional district
Kentucky US Congressional District 2 (since 2013).tif
Kentucky's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Brett Guthrie
RBowling Green
Distribution
  • 49.77[1]% urban
  • 50.23% rural
Population (2016)754,967[2]
Median income$50,289[3]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+19[4]

The district is currently represented by Republican Brett Guthrie.

Former Representative Democrat William Natcher is noted for holding the record for most consecutive roll call votes in the history of Congress - more than 18,000 votes.

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CharacteristicsEdit

The district is similar in character to the 1st district. While Democrats still hold most local offices in the district, they tend to be very conservative on social issues, a trend that leads them to vote Republican in most national elections.

As of June 2016, there were 532,145 registered voters: 267,853 (50.33%) Democrats, 222,631 (41.84%) Republicans, and 29,501 (5.54%) "Others". All of the "Others" included 11,071 (2.08%) Independents, 843 (0.16%) Libertarians, 146 (0.02%) Greens, 65 (0.01%) Constitutionalists, 16 (0.003%) Reforms, and 19 (0.003%) Socialists.[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 2nd congressional district: Barren, Boyle, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Butler, Daviess, Edmonson, Garrard, Grayson, Green, Hancock, Hardin, Hart, Jessamine (partial), LaRue, Meade, Mercer, Nelson, Spencer (partial), Warren, Washington (partial)

Recent presidential electionsEdit

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Bush 62 - 37%
2004 President Bush 65 - 34%
2008 President McCain 61 - 38%
2012 President Romney 63 - 35%
2016 President Trump 68 - 27%

List of members representing the districtEdit

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history Location
Alexander D. Orr Anti-Administration November 8, 1792 –
March 3, 1795
3rd
4th
5th
Elected September 7, 1792.
Re-elected in 1793.
Re-elected in 1795.
Retired.
1792–1797:
"Northern district": Bourbon, Fayette, Mason, Scott, and Woodford counties
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1797
John Fowler Democratic-Republican March 4, 1797 –
March 3, 1803
6th
7th
8th
Elected in 1797.
Re-elected in 1799.
Re-elected in 1801.
Redistricted to the 5th district.
1797–1803:
"Northern district": Bourbon, Campbell, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Harrison, Mason, Scott, and Woodford counties
John Boyle Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1809
9th
10th
11th
Elected in 1803.
Re-elected in 1804.
Re-elected in 1806.
Retired.
1803–1813
[Data unknown/missing.]
Samuel McKee Democratic-Republican March 4, 1809 –
March 3, 1813
12th Elected in 1808.
Re-elected in 1810.
Redistricted to the 7th district.
 
Henry Clay
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 –
January 19, 1814
13th Redistricted from the 5th district and re-elected in 1812.
Resigned to accept a position as diplomatic envoy to Great Britain.
1813–1823
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant January 19, 1814 –
March 29, 1814
Joseph H. Hawkins Democratic-Republican March 29, 1814 –
March 3, 1815
Elected to finish Clay's term.
Retired.
Vacant March 3, 1815 –
October 30, 1815
14th Henry Clay was re-elected in 1814, but the Governor declared the seat vacant as Clay was out of the country.
 
Henry Clay
Democratic-Republican October 30, 1815 –
March 3, 1821
14th
15th
16th
Elected to finish his vacant term.
Re-elected in 1816.
Re-elected in 1818.
Retired.
Samuel H. Woodson Democratic-Republican March 4, 1821 –
March 3, 1823
17th Elected in 1820.
Redistricted to the 7th district.
 
Thomas Metcalfe
Adams-Clay Democratic-Republican March 3, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
18th
19th
20th
Redistricted from the 4th district and re-elected in 1822.
Re-elected in 1824.
Re-elected in 1827.
Resigned to run for Governor of Kentucky.
1823–1833
Bourbon, Bracken, Mason, Nicholas counties
Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1827
Adams March 4, 1827 –
June 1, 1828
Vacant June 1, 1828 –
December 1, 1828
20th
 
John Chambers
Adams December 1, 1828 –
March 3, 1829
[Data unknown/missing.]
Nicholas D. Coleman Jacksonian March 4, 1829 –
March 3, 1831
21st [Data unknown/missing.]
Thomas A. Marshall Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1831 –
March 3, 1833
22nd [Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 12th district.
Albert G. Hawes Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1837
23rd
24th
Redistricted from the 11th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
1833–1843
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Edward Rumsey
Whig March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
25th [Data unknown/missing.]
Philip Triplett Whig March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1843
26th
27th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Willis Green Whig March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
28th Redistricted from the 6th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
1843–1853
[Data unknown/missing.]
John H. McHenry Whig March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1847
29th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Beverly L. Clarke
Democratic March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1849
30th [Data unknown/missing.]
James L. Johnson Whig March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1851
31st [Data unknown/missing.]
Benjamin E. Grey Whig March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1855
32nd
33rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
1853–1863
[Data unknown/missing.]
John P. Campbell Jr. Know Nothing March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
34th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Samuel Peyton
Democratic March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1861
35th
36th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
James S. Jackson
Unionist March 4, 1861 –
December 13, 1861
37th [Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned to enter the Union Army.
Vacant December 13, 1861 –
December 1, 1862
 
George H. Yeaman
Unionist December 1, 1862 –
March 3, 1865
37th
38th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
1863–1873
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Burwell C. Ritter
Democratic March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1867
39th [Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant March 4, 1867 –
March 3, 1869
40th
 
William N. Sweeney
Democratic March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1871
41st [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Henry D. McHenry
Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1873
42nd [Data unknown/missing.]
 
John Y. Brown
Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1877
43rd
44th
[Data unknown/missing.] 1873–1883
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
James A. McKenzie
Democratic March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1883
45th
46th
47th
[Data unknown/missing.]
James F. Clay Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
48th [Data unknown/missing.] 1883–1893
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Polk Laffoon
Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1889
49th
50th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
William T. Ellis
Democratic March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1895
51st
52nd
53rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
1893–1903
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
John D. Clardy
Democratic March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1899
54th
55th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Henry D. Allen
Democratic March 4, 1899 –
March 3, 1903
56th
57th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Augustus O. Stanley
Democratic March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1915
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
63rd
[Data unknown/missing.] 1903–1913
[Data unknown/missing.]
1913–1923
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
David H. Kincheloe
Democratic March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1923
64th
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned when appointed to the U.S. Customs Court.
March 4, 1923 –
October 5, 1930
1923–1933
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant October 5, 1930 –
November 4, 1930
71st
John L. Dorsey Jr. Democratic November 4, 1930 –
March 3, 1931
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Glover H. Cary
Democratic March 4, 1931 –
March 3, 1933
72nd [Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the at-large district.
District not used. March 4, 1933 –
March 3, 1935
 
Glover H. Cary
Democratic March 4, 1935 –
December 5, 1936
74th Redistricted from the at-large district.
Died.
1935–1943
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant December 5, 1936 –
March 2, 1937
Beverly M. Vincent Democratic March 2, 1937 –
January 3, 1945
74th
75th
76th
77th
78th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
1943–1953
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Earle Clements
Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 6, 1948
79th
80th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned when elected Governor of Kentucky.
 
John A. Whitaker
Democratic April 17, 1948 –
December 15, 1951
80th
81st
82nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant December 15, 1951 –
August 2, 1952
 
Garrett Withers
Democratic August 2, 1952 –
April 30, 1953
82nd
83rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
1953–1963
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
William Natcher
Democratic August 1, 1953 –
March 29, 1994
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
1963–1973
[Data unknown/missing.]
1973–1983
[Data unknown/missing.]
1983–1993
[Data unknown/missing.]
1993–2003
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant March 29, 1994 –
May 24, 1994
103rd
 
Ron Lewis
Republican May 24, 1994 –
January 3, 2009
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
2003–2013
 
 
Brett Guthrie
Republican January 3, 2009 –
Present
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
[Data unknown/missing.]
2013–Present
 
Counties: Barren, Boyle, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Butler, Daviess, Edmonson, Garrard, Grayson, Green, Hancock, Hardin, Hart, Jessamine (partial), LaRue, Meade, Mercer, Nelson, Spencer (partial), Warren, Washington (partial)

Recent election resultsEdit

2002Edit

Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District Election p2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ron Lewis* 122,773 69.64
Democratic David Lynn Williams 51,431 29.17
Libertarian Robert Guy Dyer 2,084 1.18
Total votes 176,288 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2004Edit

Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ron Lewis* 185,394 67.92
Democratic Adam Smith 87,585 32.08
Total votes 272,979 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2006Edit

Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ron Lewis* 118,548 55.41
Democratic Mike Weaver 95,415 44.59
Total votes 213,963 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2008Edit

Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brett Guthrie 158,936 52.57
Democratic David E. Boswell 143,379 47.43
Total votes 302,315 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2010Edit

Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brett Guthrie* 155,906 67.89
Democratic Ed Marksberry 73,749 28.75
Total votes 229,655 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2012Edit

Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brett Guthrie* 181,508 64.30
Democratic David Lynn Williams 89,541 31.72
Independent Andrew R. Beacham 6,304 2.23
Libertarian Craig Astor 4,914 1.74
Total votes 282,267 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2014Edit

Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District Election (2014)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brett Guthrie* 156,936 69.19
Democratic Ron Leach 69,898 30.81
Total votes 226,834 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2016Edit

Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District Election (2016)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brett Guthrie* 251,823 100.00
Total votes 251,823 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

Living former members from the districtEdit

As of June 2017, there is one living former member from the district. The most recent representative to die was William Huston Natcher (served 1953–1994) on March 29, 1994.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Ron Lewis 1994–2009 (1946-09-14) September 14, 1946 (age 72)

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=02
  4. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "Voter Stats" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-29.
  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°32′41″N 85°59′26″W / 37.54472°N 85.99056°W / 37.54472; -85.99056