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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
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Nebraska's 3rd congressional district – since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Adrian Smith
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Distribution
  • 46.21% urban
  • 53.79% rural
Population (2000)570,571
Median income$52,432[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+27[2]

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.

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List of members representing the districtEdit

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
 
Edward K. Valentine
Republican March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
48th [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
George W. E. Dorsey Republican March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1891
49th
50th
51st
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
Omer Madison Kem Populist March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
52nd [Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 6th district.
 
George de Rue Meiklejohn
Republican March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1897
53rd
54th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
Samuel Maxwell Populist March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1899
55th [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
John Seaton Robinson Democratic March 4, 1899 –
March 3, 1903
56th
57th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
John J. McCarthy Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1907
58th
59th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
John Frank Boyd Republican March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1909
60th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
James P. Latta
Democratic March 4, 1909 –
September 11, 1911
61st
62nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant September 11, 1911 –
November 7, 1911
62nd
Dan V. Stephens Democratic November 7, 1911 –
March 3, 1919
62nd
63rd
64th
65th
Elected to finish Latta's term.
Lost re-election.
 
Robert E. Evans
Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1923
66th
67th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Edgar Howard
Democratic March 4, 1923 –
January 3, 1935
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
Karl Stefan Republican January 3, 1935 –
October 2, 1951
74th
75th
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant October 2, 1951 –
December 4, 1951
82nd
Robert Dinsmore Harrison Republican December 4, 1951 –
January 3, 1959
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
Elected to finish Stefan's term.
Lost re-election.
Lawrence Brock Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1961
86th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
Ralph F. Beermann Republican January 3, 1961 –
January 3, 1963
87th [Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 1st district.
 
David Martin
Republican January 3, 1963 –
December 31, 1974
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
Redistricted from the 4th district and re-elected in 1962.
Retired and then resigned early.
Vacant December 31, 1974 –
January 3, 1975
93rd
 
Virginia Smith
Republican January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1991
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Bill Barrett
Republican January 3, 1991 –
January 3, 2001
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Tom Osborne
Republican January 3, 2001 –
January 3, 2007
107th
108th
109th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for Governor of Nebraska.
 
Adrian Smith
Republican January 3, 2007 –
present
110th
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
Elected in 2006.

Recent results in presidential electionsEdit

Year Office Results
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

 
2003 – 2013

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=31&cd=03
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.

Coordinates: 42°N 100°W / 42°N 100°W / 42; -100