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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

Cong
ress
Representative Party Years Electoral history
48th  
Edward K. Valentine
Republican March 4, 1883 –
March 4, 1885
Retired.
49th
50th
51st
 
George W. E. Dorsey
Republican March 4, 1885 –
March 4, 1891
Lost re-election.
52nd  
Omer Madison Kem
Populist March 4, 1891 –
March 4, 1893
Redistricted to the 6th district
53rd
54th
 
George de Rue Meiklejohn
Republican March 4, 1893 –
March 4, 1897
Retired.
55th  
Samuel Maxwell
Populist March 4, 1897 –
March 4, 1899
Retired.
56th
57th
 
John Seaton Robinson
Democratic March 4, 1899 –
March 4, 1903
Lost re-election.
58th
59th
 
John J. McCarthy
Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 4, 1907
Lost renomination.
60th  
John Frank Boyd
Republican March 4, 1907 –
March 4, 1909
Lost re-election.
61st
62nd
 
James P. Latta
Democratic March 4, 1909 –
September 11, 1911
Died.
62nd Vacant September 11, 1911 –
November 7, 1911
62nd
63rd
64th
65th
 
Dan V. Stephens
Democratic November 7, 1911 –
March 4, 1919
First elected to finish Latta's term.

Lost re-election.
66th
67th
 
Robert E. Evans
Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 4, 1923
Lost re-election.
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
 
Edgar Howard
Democratic March 4, 1923 –
January 3, 1935
Lost re-election.
74th
75th
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
 
Karl Stefan
Republican January 3, 1935 –
October 2, 1951
Died.
82nd Vacant October 2, 1951 –
December 4, 1951
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
 
Robert Dinsmore Harrison
Republican December 4, 1951 –
January 3, 1959
First elected to finish Stefan's term.

Lost re-election.
86th  
Lawrence Brock
Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1961
Lost re-election.
87th  
Ralph F. Beermann
Republican January 3, 1961 –
January 3, 1963
Redistricted to the 1st district.
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
 
David Martin
Republican January 3, 1963 –
December 31, 1974
Redistricted from the 4th district.

Retired and then resigned early.
93rd Vacant December 31, 1974 –
January 3, 1975
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
 
Virginia Smith
Republican January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1991
Retired.
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
 
Bill Barrett
Republican January 3, 1991 –
January 3, 2001
Retired.
107th
108th
109th
 
Tom Osborne
Republican January 3, 2001 –
January 3, 2007
Retired to run for Governor of Nebraska.
110th
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
 
Adrian Smith
Republican January 3, 2007 –
Present
First 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