Michigan's 8th congressional district

Michigan's 8th congressional district is a United States congressional district in Southern Michigan and Southeast Michigan, including almost all of the state capital, Lansing. From 2003 to 2013 it consisted of all of Clinton, Ingham, and Livingston counties, and included the southern portion of Shiawassee and the northern portion of Oakland counties. After the redistricting that resulted from the 2010 Census, the district was shifted south to no longer cover Clinton or Shiawassee counties and instead covers more of Oakland County, including Rochester Hills.

Michigan's 8th congressional district
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Michigan's 8th congressional district since January 3, 2013
Representative
  Elissa Slotkin
DHolly
Population (2010)705,918
Median income$71,702[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+4[2]

The district was first created in 1873, after redistricting following the 1870 census.

The district's current representative is Democrat Elissa Slotkin, who defeated Republican incumbent Mike Bishop in November 2018.

Major citiesEdit

Recent election results in statewide racesEdit

Year Office Results
1992 President Clinton 40 - 36%
1996 President Clinton 49 - 40%
2000 President Bush 51 - 47%
2004 President Bush 54 - 45%
2008 President Obama 53 - 46%
2012 President Romney 51 - 48%
2016 President Trump 51 - 44%
2018 Governor Whitmer 51 - 46%
2018 Senate Stabenow 49.3 - 49%

HistoryEdit

Prior to 1992, the 8th congressional district included the cities of Saginaw and Bay City as well as Huron, Tuscola and Sanilac Counties in the Thumb of Michigan, Arenac county north from Bay County, a total of about half the area of Saginaw County, and small northern portions of Lapeer and St. Clair counties.

This area would largely be transferred to the 5th district after the 1990 census, while most of the old 6th district became the 8th district. Unlike the old 6th district, the 8th did not include Pontiac. To make up for the loss in population, it was pushed further into Lansing (which had previously been split between the 6th and 8th districts), picking up all of Ingham County. It also added the area around Brighton and portions of Washtenaw and Genesee counties.

In the redistricting for the 2002 election, the district gained all of Clinton County about half of Shiawasee County and most of its area in Oakland County while losing its shares of Washtenaw and Genesee counties.

In the redistricting for the 2012 election, the district dropped all of its area in Clinton and Shiawasee counties, and was pushed further into Oakland County.

List of members representing the districtEdit

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1873
 
Nathan B. Bradley
Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1877
43rd
44th
[data unknown/missing]
 
Charles C. Ellsworth
Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1879
45th [data unknown/missing]
 
Roswell G. Horr
Republican March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1885
46th
47th
48th
[data unknown/missing]
 
Timothy E. Tarsney
Democratic[a] March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1889
49th
50th
[data unknown/missing]
 
Aaron T. Bliss
Republican March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
51st [data unknown/missing]
 
Henry M. Youmans
Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
52nd [data unknown/missing]
 
William S. Linton
Republican March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1897
53rd
54th
[data unknown/missing]
 
Ferdinand Brucker
Democratic[b] March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1899
55th [data unknown/missing]
 
Joseph W. Fordney
Republican March 4, 1899 –
March 3, 1923
56th
57th
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
65th
66th
67th
[data unknown/missing]
 
Bird J. Vincent
Republican March 4, 1923 –
July 18, 1931
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
[data unknown/missing]
Died.
Vacant July 18, 1931 –
November 3, 1931
72nd
 
Michael J. Hart
Democratic November 3, 1931 –
January 3, 1935
72nd
73rd
Elected to finish Vincent's term.
[data unknown/missing]
 
Fred L. Crawford
Republican January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1953
74th
75th
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
[data unknown/missing]
 
Alvin M. Bentley
Republican January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1961
83rd
84th
85th
86th
[data unknown/missing]
 
James Harvey
Republican January 3, 1961 –
January 31, 1974
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
[data unknown/missing]
Resigned to become judge of the U.S. district court judge.
Vacant January 31, 1974 –
April 23, 1974
93rd
 
J. Bob Traxler
Democratic April 23, 1974 –
January 3, 1993
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
Elected to finish Harvey's term.
[data unknown/missing]
 
Bob Carr
Democratic January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1995
103rd Redistricted from the 6th district.
[data unknown/missing]
 
Dick Chrysler
Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 1997
104th [data unknown/missing]
 
Debbie Stabenow
Democratic January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2001
105th
106th
[data unknown/missing]
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
 
Mike Rogers
Republican January 3, 2001 –
January 3, 2015
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
Elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Retired.
 
Mike Bishop
Republican January 3, 2015 –
January 3, 2019
114th
115th
Elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Lost re-election.
 
Elissa Slotkin
Democratic January 3, 2019 –
Present
116th Elected in 2018.

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
1993 - 2003
 
2003 - 2013

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Timothy E. Tarsney was elected as a fusion candidate, but was seated in Congress with the Democratic Party.
  2. ^ Elected on the Democratic Peoples Union Silver ticket, a union of elements from the Democratic Party and Populist Party. They were seated as part of the Democratic Party in Congress.
  1. ^ "My Congressional District".
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.

ReferencesEdit

Coordinates: 42°38′52″N 83°56′43″W / 42.64778°N 83.94528°W / 42.64778; -83.94528