Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district
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Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district has been located in western Pennsylvania since February 2018. The district includes all of Warren County, McKean County, Forest County, Venango County, Elk County, Cameron County, Clarion County, Jefferson County, Armstrong County, Clearfield County, Indiana County, most of Cambria County and Centre County, and parts of Butler County.
|Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district|
From 2013 to 2019, the district stretched from the suburbs east of Harrisburg to communities east of Allentown and the New Jersey border. Counties located in the district included all of Lehigh County and parts of Berks County, Dauphin County, Lebanon County, and Northampton County.
From 2003 to 2013 it comprised all of Northampton County, most of Lehigh County, and small parts of Berks and Montgomery counties. The district included the Lehigh Valley, Indian Valley and Upper Perkiomen Valley regions. In the mid-20th century, it included Tioga County.
Since the 21st century, it has a slight Democratic tilt in registered voters due to the presence of fairly large cities such as Allentown and Bethlehem, with industrial histories. The Democrats in the Lehigh Valley are generally considered more moderate than their counterparts in the Philadelphia area, particularly on social issues. The district has elected Republican candidates for all but six years since 1979. During 1999–2005, Pat Toomey represented the district. From 2005 to 2018, fellow Republican Charlie Dent represented the district; in September 2017 he announced he would be retiring and not seek re-election in 2018. Democrat Susan Wild won the special election.
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania redrew the district in February 2018 after ruling the previous map unconstitutional because it had gerrymandered too much on behalf of the Republican Party. In 2012 Democrats had won only five of the state’s 18 congressional districts, the year the previous redistricting by the legislature took effect, although they won the House statewide popular vote by 1.5 percentage points.
In the redistricting, the old 15th district had its boundaries compressed around Allentown and became the 7th district, while the old 5th district had its boundaries adjusted and became the 15th district for the 2018 election and representation thereafter. It has been represented by Glenn Thompson since January 3, 2019.
List of members representing the districtEdit
|2000||General||Pat Toomey||Republican||118,307||53%||Edward J. O'Brien||Democratic||103,864||47%|
|2002||General||Pat Toomey||Republican||98,493||57%||Edward J. O'Brien||Democratic||73,212||43%|
|2004||General||Charlie Dent||Republican||170,634||59%||Joe Driscoll||Democratic||141,646||39%|
|2006||General||Charlie Dent||Republican||106,153||54%||Charles Dertinger||Democratic||86,186||43%|
|2008||General||Charlie Dent||Republican||181,433||59%||Sam Bennett||Democratic||128,333||41%|
|2010||General||Charlie Dent||Republican||109,501||54%||John Callahan||Democratic||79,857||39%||Jake Towne||Independent||14,252||8%|
|2012||General||Charlie Dent||Republican||168,960||57%||Rick Daugherty||Democratic||128,764||43%|
|2016||General||Charlie Dent||Republican||185,204||58%||Rick Daugherty||Democratic||120,190||38%||Paul Rizzo||Libertarian||11,332||4%|
|2018||Special||Marty Nothstein||Republican||129,594||48.26%||Susan Wild||Democratic||130,353||48.54%|
|2018||General||G. T. Thompson||Republican||162,386||67.9%||Susan Boser||Democratic||76,769||32.1%|
|2020||General||G. T. Thompson||Republican||255,051||73.46%||Robert Williams||Democratic||92,143||26.54%|
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- Olson, Laura. "Susan Wild wins special congressional election to finish Charlie Dent's term". The Morning Call. Archived from the original on 2018-11-15.
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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
- "Pennsylvania Elections - Office Results - 2018 Special Election 15th Congressional District". Pennsylvania Elections - Summary Results.
- "Pennsylvania Elections - County Results". Pennsylvania Elections - Summary Results.