Nebraska's 3rd congressional district
Nebraska's 3rd congressional district seat encompasses the western three-fourths of the state; it is one of the largest non-at-large Congressional districts in the country, covering nearly 65,000 square miles (170,000 km2), two time zones and 68.5 counties. It includes Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings, North Platte, Alliance, and Scottsbluff. Additionally, it encompasses a large majority of the Platte River(s).
|Nebraska's 3rd congressional district|
Nebraska's 3rd congressional district – since January 3, 2013.
Nebraska has had at least three congressional districts since 1883. The district's current configuration dates from 1963, when Nebraska lost a seat as a result of the 1960 United States Census. At that time, most of the old 3rd and 4th districts were merged to form the new 3rd District.
The district is one of the most Republican districts in the nation. Democrats have only come close to winning this district three times as currently drawn, in 1974, 1990, and 2006, all years where the incumbent was not running for reelection. Republican presidential and gubernatorial candidates routinely carry the district with margins of 40 percent or more, while Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936 was the last Democratic presidential candidate to win a plurality within the current district boundaries. Excepting historically Democratic Saline County on the district’s eastern boundary and Dakota County which has only been within this district since 2013, the last Democrat to carry any county within the district at a presidential level was Jimmy Carter in 1976. Although Nebraska's state legislature is elected on a nonpartisan basis, all but two state senators representing significant portions of the district are known to be Republicans. With a Cook PVI of R+27, it is the most Republican Congressional District in the country outside the South.
It is currently held by Republican Adrian Smith. The previous congressman, Tom Osborne, did not seek reelection in order to wage an unsuccessful campaign for the Republican nomination for governor of Nebraska.
List of members representing the districtEdit
Edward K. Valentine
|Republican||March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
|George W. E. Dorsey||Republican||March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1891
|Omer Madison Kem||Populist||March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
Redistricted to the 6th district.
George de Rue Meiklejohn
|Republican||March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1897
|Samuel Maxwell||Populist||March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1899
|John Seaton Robinson||Democratic||March 4, 1899 –
March 3, 1903
|John J. McCarthy||Republican||March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1907
|John Frank Boyd||Republican||March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1909
James P. Latta
|Democratic||March 4, 1909 –
September 11, 1911
|Vacant||September 11, 1911 –
November 7, 1911
|Dan V. Stephens||Democratic||November 7, 1911 –
March 3, 1919
|Elected to finish Latta's term.|
Robert E. Evans
|Republican||March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1923
|Democratic||March 4, 1923 –
January 3, 1935
|Karl Stefan||Republican||January 3, 1935 –
October 2, 1951
|Vacant||October 2, 1951 –
December 4, 1951
|Robert Dinsmore Harrison||Republican||December 4, 1951 –
January 3, 1959
|Elected to finish Stefan's term.|
|Lawrence Brock||Democratic||January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1961
|Ralph F. Beermann||Republican||January 3, 1961 –
January 3, 1963
Redistricted to the 1st district.
|Republican||January 3, 1963 –
December 31, 1974
|Redistricted from the 4th district and re-elected in 1962.|
Retired and then resigned early.
|Vacant||December 31, 1974 –
January 3, 1975
|Republican||January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1991
|Republican||January 3, 1991 –
January 3, 2001
|Republican||January 3, 2001 –
January 3, 2007
Retired to run for Governor of Nebraska.
|Republican||January 3, 2007 –
|Elected in 2006.|
Recent results in presidential electionsEdit
|2000||President||George W. Bush 71% - Al Gore 25%|
|2004||President||George W. Bush 75% - John Kerry 24%|
|2008||President||John McCain 69% - Barack Obama 30%|
|2012||President||Mitt Romney 70% - Barack Obama 28%|
|2016||President||Donald Trump 75% - Hillary Clinton 20%|
Historical district boundariesEdit
- "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
- 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