North Carolina's 11th congressional district
North Carolina's 11th congressional district encompasses most of Western North Carolina. Starting in the 113th Congress, it is represented by Mark Meadows, a Republican. He replaced Democrat Heath Shuler, who retired in 2013. Shuler had won the seat in the 2006 midterm elections, defeating 8-term Republican Representative Charles H. Taylor.
|North Carolina's 11th congressional district|
North Carolina's 11th congressional district since January 3, 2017
The 11th District was traditionally one of the most competitive congressional districts in North Carolina. This was largely because of the district's volatile politics. It was historically anchored by Asheville, which was heavily Democratic. However, many of the city's suburbs are among the most conservative areas of North Carolina. The rest of the district was split between Democratic-leaning counties in the south and Republican-leaning counties in the north. Consequently, congressional races in this district have historically been very close and hard-fought.
In 2011 the Republican-dominated legislature redrew the district, shifting most of Asheville to the 10th district. The new map split Asheville in such a way that in some neighborhoods, one side of the street moved to the 10th while the other side of the street stayed in the 11th.
To make up for the loss in population, the 11th absorbed some strongly Republican territory in the Foothills which had previously been in the 10th. On paper, the 11th was one of the strongest Republican districts in the South. In February 2012 Shuler announced he would not seek a fourth term. Meadows won the seat in 2012.
List of members representing the districtEdit
Living former membersEdit
As of February 2019[update], there are two living former members. The most recent representative to die was Bill Hendon (served 1981–1983, 1985–1987) on June 20, 2018. The most recently serving representative to die was James M. Clarke (served 1983–1985, 1987–1991) on April 13, 1999.
|Representative||Term of office||Date of birth (and age)|
|Charles H. Taylor||1991–2007||January 21, 1941|
|Heath Shuler||2007–2013||December 31, 1971|
Historical district boundariesEdit
- "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
- Timm, Jane (2017-09-22). "They're Still Drawing Crazy-Looking Districts. Can't It Be Stopped?". NBC News.
- "Shuler Announces He Won't Seek 4th Term", ABC News blog, February 2012
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- 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