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.
|Michigan's 8th congressional district|
Michigan's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
|Election results from presidential races|
|2016||President||Trump 51 - 44%|
|2012||President||Romney 51 - 48%|
|2008||President||Obama 53 - 46%|
|2004||President||Bush 54 - 45%|
|2000||President||Bush 51 - 47%|
|1996||President||Clinton 49 - 40%|
|1992||President||Clinton 40 - 36%|
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 Genessee 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 Genessee 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 representativesEdit
|District created||March 4, 1873|
|Nathan B. Bradley||Republican||March 4, 1873 - March 3, 1877||43rd
|Charles C. Ellsworth||Republican||March 4, 1877 - March 3, 1879||45th|
|Roswell G. Horr||Republican||March 4, 1879 - March 3, 1885||46th
|Timothy E. Tarsney ||Democratic||March 4, 1885 - March 3, 1889||49th
|Aaron T. Bliss||Republican||March 4, 1889 - March 3, 1891||51st|
|Henry M. Youmans||Democratic||March 4, 1891 - March 3, 1893||52nd|
|William S. Linton||Republican||March 4, 1893 - March 3, 1897||53rd
|Ferdinand Brucker ||Democratic||March 4, 1897 - March 3, 1899||55th|
|Joseph W. Fordney||Republican||March 4, 1899 - March 3, 1923||56th
|Bird J. Vincent ||Republican||March 4, 1923 – July 18, 1931||68th
|Vacant||July 18, 1931 –
November 3, 1931
|Michael J. Hart ||Democratic||November 3, 1931 - January 3, 1935||72nd
|Fred L. Crawford||Republican||January 3, 1935 - January 3, 1953||74th
|Alvin M. Bentley||Republican||January 3, 1953 - January 3, 1961||83rd
|James Harvey ||Republican||January 3, 1961 - January 31, 1974||87th
|Resigned after being appointed as a judge of the US District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan|
|Vacant||January 31, 1974 –
April 23, 1974
|J. Bob Traxler ||Democratic||April 23, 1974 - January 3, 1993||93rd
|Bob Carr||Democratic||January 3, 1993 - January 3, 1995||103rd||Redistricted from the 6th district|
|Dick Chrysler||Republican||January 3, 1995 - January 3, 1997||104th|
|Debbie Stabenow||Democratic||January 3, 1997 - January 3, 2001||105th
|Retired to run for U.S. Senate|
|Mike Rogers||Republican||January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2015||107th
|Mike Bishop||Republican||January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2019||114th
|Elissa Slotkin||Democratic||January 3, 2019 – Present||116th||Incumbent|
Historical district boundariesEdit
- "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
- Timothy E. Tarsney was elected as a fusion candidate, but was seated in Congress with the Democratic Party.
- In 1896, Albert M. Todd and Ferdinand Brucker were 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.
- Bird J. Vincent died July 18, 1931. Michael J. Hart was elected to fill the vacancy November 3, 1931.
- James Harvey resigned January 31, 1974. Bob Traxler was elected April 16, 1974, to fill vacancy.
- Govtrack.us for the 8th District - Lists current Senators and representative, and map showing district outline
- The Political graveyard: U.S. Representatives from Michigan, 1807-2003
- U.S. Representatives 1837-2003, Michigan Manual 2003-2004
- Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
- Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
- Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present