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Nebraska's 2nd congressional district

Nebraska's 2nd congressional district encompasses the core of the Omaha metropolitan area. It includes all of Douglas County, which includes Omaha, and the suburban areas of western Sarpy County. In the United States House of Representatives, it is currently represented by Don Bacon, a Republican.

Nebraska's 2nd congressional district
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Nebraska's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Don Bacon (RPapillion)
  • 97.86% urban
  • 2.14% rural
Population (2015) 652,870
Median income 45,235
Cook PVI R+4[1]


Electoral vote; 2008 presidential raceEdit

Nebraska and Maine are the only two states in the United States which distribute their electoral votes for president based on presidential candidates' performance in their respective congressional districts in addition to their statewide performance. The statewide popular vote winner for president receives two electoral votes, and the winner of each of Nebraska's congressional districts—there are currently three such districts—receives an electoral vote from the respective district.

While the rest of the state's electorate is heavily aligned towards the Republican Party, the 2nd district—centered as it is on the city of Omaha—is more closely divided between the two main parties—Republican and Democratic.

In the 2008 United States presidential election, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama targeted the district as a strategy of breaking a potential electoral-vote tie.[2] He won the district's electoral vote by a margin of 3,325 votes over his chief general election opponent, Republican John McCain.[3] However, McCain won Nebraska's statewide popular vote, as well as the district-wide popular vote for the other two Nebraska congressional districts, thus receiving four electoral votes from Nebraska.[3]

Obama's victory in the 2nd district meant that Nebraska's electoral delegation was split for the first time ever. It also marked the first Nebraskan electoral vote for a Democrat since 1964.[3] By contrast, in 2012 and 2016, both Gov. Mitt Romney and Donald Trump won the 2nd district, as well as the overall statewide vote and the electoral votes of the first and third districts.[4]

Recent electionsEdit

This district is known as a swing district; it was one of six districts with a margin of less than 5% in all three elections after the 2010 Census.


In 2011, Nebraska lawmakers moved Offutt Air Force Base and the city of Bellevue — an area with a large minority population — out of the Omaha-based 2nd District and shifted in the Republican-heavy Omaha suburbs in Sarpy County. The move was expected to dilute the city's urban Democratic vote, which Democrats criticized as gerrymandering.[5]

List of representativesEdit

Congress Representative Party Years of Service Notes
District created March 4, 1883
48th   James Laird Republican March 4, 1883 – August 17, 1889 Died
  Gilbert L. Laws Republican December 2, 1889 – March 4, 1891
52nd   William A. McKeighan Populist March 4, 1891 – March 4, 1893 Redistricted to the 5th district
53rd   David Henry Mercer Republican March 4, 1893 – March 4, 1903
58th   Gilbert M. Hitchcock Democratic March 4, 1903 – March 4, 1905
59th   John L. Kennedy Republican March 4, 1905 – March 4, 1907
60th   Gilbert M. Hitchcock Democratic March 4, 1907 – March 4, 1911
62nd   Charles O. Lobeck Democratic March 4, 1911 – March 4, 1919
66th   Albert W. Jefferis Republican March 4, 1919 – March 4, 1923
68th   Willis G. Sears Republican March 4, 1923 – March 4, 1931
72nd   H. Malcolm Baldrige Republican March 4, 1931 – March 4, 1933
73rd   Edward R. Burke Democratic March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935
74th   Charles F. McLaughlin Democratic January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1943
78th   Howard Buffett Republican January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1949
81st   Eugene D. O'Sullivan Democratic January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1951
82nd   Howard Buffett Republican January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1953
83rd   Roman Hruska Republican January 3, 1953 – November 8, 1954 Resigned after being elected to the US Senate
84th   Jackson B. Chase Republican January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1957 Retired
85th   Glenn Cunningham Republican January 3, 1957 – January 3, 1971 Lost renomination
92nd   John Y. McCollister Republican January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1977 Retired to unsuccessfully run for U.S. Senate
95th   John J. Cavanaugh Democratic January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1981 Retired
97th   Hal Daub Republican January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1989 Retired to unsuccessfully run for U.S. Senate (Defeated in Primary)
101st   Peter Hoagland Democratic January 3, 1989 – January 3, 1995 Defeated
104th   Jon L. Christensen Republican January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1999 Retired to unsuccessfully run for Governor (Defeated in Primary)
106th   Lee Terry Republican January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2015 Defeated
114th   Brad Ashford Democratic January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2017 Defeated
115th   Don Bacon Republican January 3, 2017 – Present

Election results from presidential racesEdit

Historical district boundariesEdit

2003 - 2013

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ Curry, Tom (2008-11-02). "Is Obama-Terry the winning ticket in Omaha?". MSNBC. Retrieved 2008-11-20. If the national electoral vote tally is close, then the one electoral vote in Omaha would loom large. But with Obama apparently ahead in competitive states such as Virginia, the presidency may not hinge on Omaha's vote. 
  3. ^ a b c Staff reporter (2008-11-14). "Obama wins 1 of Nebraska's electoral votes". AP. Retrieved 2009-10-17.  (Archived by WebCite at
  4. ^ Walton, Don (2012-11-07). "Romney wins 2nd District electoral vote". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 2012-11-07. Republican nominee Mitt Romney appeared to have won the battle for Nebraska's only competitive presidential electoral vote Tuesday night. [...] Romney held comfortable leads in both the 1st District, which includes Lincoln, and the vast 3rd District, as well as statewide.  (Archived by WebCite at
  5. ^ Schulte, Grant (May 27, 2011). "Nebraska Redistricting Maps Approved". AP. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 

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