Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district

Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district is located in the east central part of the state and encompasses all of Carbon County, Columbia County, Lebanon County, Montour County, and Schuylkill County, as well as parts of Berks County, Luzerne County, and Northumberland County. Much of the district includes Pennsylvania's Coal Region. Republican Dan Meuser represents the district, serving since 2019.

Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district
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Boundaries since January 2019; below statistics, except PVI, apply to old boundaries
Representative
  Dan Meuser
RDallas
Distribution
  • 53.11% urban[1]
Population (2000)646,628
Median income34,910
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+14[2]

Before 2019, the district was located in the southern part of the state and was a very safe seat for Republicans. According to the Cook Partisan Voting Index, in 2010 the 9th was the most Republican district in Pennsylvania (and the Industrial Midwest), then with a score of R +17. Redistricting slightly increased the number of Democrats in the district, with the addition of majority-Democratic Fayette County as well as some of the Democratic portions of Washington, Greene, Cambria and Westmoreland Counties. In 2014, the long-time Republican incumbent, former businessman Bill Shuster, won 52.8% of the vote in a three-way Republican primary race over retired Coast Guard search and rescue pilot Art Halvorson (34.5%) and livestock farmer Travis Schooley (12.7%). In the 2012 general election, he beat his Democratic opponent, nurse Karen Ramsburg, taking 62% of the vote. In 2010, he won 73% of the vote, and in 2008 won 64%. Shuster was first elected to the district in 2001, effectively inheriting the seat from his father, Bud Shuster, who had held the seat since 1973. Shuster announced in January 2018 that he would retire from Congress at the end of his term, and did not run for re-election in 2018.[3]

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania redrew this district's boundaries in February 2018 after ruling the previous map unconstitutional, also re-assigning the number to a district in east central Pennsylvania–essentially, the successor to the old 11th district–for the 2018 elections and representation thereafter. Meanwhile, the bulk of the old ninth became the new 13th district, and is as Republican as its predecessor.[4]

Recent election results in statewide racesEdit

Year Office Results
2008 President McCain 57–42%
2012 President Romney 63–35%
2016 President Trump 69–27%

List of members representing the districtEdit

The district was created in 1795.

1795–1823: One seatEdit

Member
(District home)
Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
 
Andrew Gregg
(Bellefonte)
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1803
4th
5th
6th
7th
Redistricted from the at-large district and re-elected in 1794.
Re-elected in 1796.
Re-elected in 1798.
Re-elected in 1800.
Redistricted to the 5th district.
John Smilie
([data unknown/missing])
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 –
December 30, 1812
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Redistricted from the 11th district and re-elected in 1802.
Re-elected in 1804.
Re-elected in 1806.
Re-elected in 1808.
Re-elected in 1810.
Redistricted to the 13th district and re-elected in 1812 but died.
Vacant December 30, 1812 –
March 3, 1813
12th
David Bard
(Alexandria)
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 –
March 12, 1815
13th
14th
Redistricted from the 4th district and re-elected in 1812.
Re-elected in 1814.
Died.
Vacant March 12, 1815 –
October 10, 1815
14th
Thomas Burnside
(Milroy)
Democratic-Republican October 10, 1815 –
April 1816
Elected to finish Bard's term.
Resigned to become President judge of Luzerne District Courts.
Vacant April, 1816 –
October 8, 1816
William Plunkett Maclay
(Milroy)
Democratic-Republican October 8, 1816 –
March 3, 1821
14th
15th
16th
Elected to finish Burnside's term.
Re-elected in 1816.
Re-elected in 1818.
Lost re-election.
John Brown
([data unknown/missing])
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1821 –
March 3, 1823
17th Elected in 1820.
Redistricted to the 12th district.

1823–1833: Three seatsEdit

Years Cong
ress
Seat A Seat B Seat C
Member
(District home)
Party Electoral history Member
(District home)
Party Electoral history Member
(District home)
Party Electoral history
March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
18th George Kremer
(Middleburg)
Jackson Democratic-Republican Elected in 1822.
Re-elected in 1824.
Re-elected in 1826.
Retired.
 
Samuel McKean
(Burlington)
Jackson Democratic-Republican Elected in 1822.
Re-elected in 1824.
Re-elected in 1826.
Retired.
William Cox Ellis
(Muncy)
Jackson Federalist Elected in 1822.
Lost re-election.
March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1829
19th
20th
Jacksonian Jacksonian Espy Van Horne
(Williamsport)
Jacksonian Elected in 1824.
Re-elected in 1826.
Retired.
March 4, 1829 –
March 3, 1831
21st James Ford
(Lawrenceville)
Jacksonian Elected in 1828.
Re-elected in 1830.
[data unknown/missing]
Philander Stephens
([data unknown/missing])
Jacksonian Elected in 1828.
Re-elected in 1830.
Retired.
Alem Marr
(Milton)
Jacksonian Elected in 1828.
Retired.
March 4, 1831 –
March 3, 1833
22nd Lewis Dewart
(Sunbury)
Jacksonian Elected in 1830.
[data unknown/missing]

1833–present: One seatEdit

Member
(District home)
Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
Henry A. P. Muhlenberg
(Reading)
Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1837
23rd
24th
25th
Redistricted from the 7th district and re-elected in 1832.
Re-elected in 1834.
Re-elected in 1836.
Resigned to become U.S. Minister to the Austrian Empire.
Democratic March 4, 1837 –
February 8, 1838
Vacant February 8, 1838 –
March 17, 1838
25th
George M. Keim
(Reading)
Democratic March 17, 1838 –
March 3, 1843
25th
26th
27th
Elected March 8, 1838 to finish Muhlenberg's term and seated March 17, 1838.
Re-elected later in 1838.
[data unknown/missing]
John Ritter
(Reading)
Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1847
28th
29th
[data unknown/missing]
Retired.
 
William Strong
(Reading)
Democratic March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1851
30th
31st
[data unknown/missing]
Retired.
 
J. Glancy Jones
(Reading)
Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1853
32nd [data unknown/missing]
Retired.
 
Isaac E. Hiester
(Lancaster)
Whig March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
33rd [data unknown/missing]
Lost re-election.
 
Anthony Ellmaker Roberts
(Lancaster)
Opposition March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
34th
35th
[data unknown/missing]
Retired.
Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
 
Thaddeus Stevens
(Lancaster)
Republican March 4, 1859 –
August 11, 1868
36th
37th
38th
39th
40th
[data unknown/missing]
Died.
Vacant August 11, 1868 –
December 7, 1868
40th
 
Oliver James Dickey
(Lancaster)
Republican December 7, 1868 –
March 3, 1873
40th
41st
42nd
Elected to finish Stevens's term.
Retired.
 
A. Herr Smith
(Lancaster)
Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1885
43rd
44th
45th
46th
47th
48th
[data unknown/missing]
Lost renomination.
 
John A. Hiestand
(Lancaster)
Republican March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1889
49th
50th
[data unknown/missing]
Lost renomination.
 
David B. Brunner
(Reading)
Democratic March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1893
51st
52nd
[data unknown/missing]
Retired.
 
Constantine J. Erdman
(Allentown)
Democratic March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1897
53rd
54th
[data unknown/missing]
Retired.
 
Daniel Ermentrout
(Reading)
Democratic March 4, 1897 –
September 17, 1899
55th
56th
[data unknown/missing]
Died.
Vacant September 17, 1899 –
November 7, 1899
56th
 
Henry D. Green
(Reading)
Democratic November 7, 1899 –
March 3, 1903
56th
57th
Elected to finish Ermentrout's term.
Retired.
 
Henry B. Cassel
(Marietta)
Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1909
58th
59th
60th
Redistricted from the 10th district and re-elected in 1902.
[data unknown/missing]
 
William W. Griest
(Lancaster)
Republican March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1923
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
65th
66th
67th
[data unknown/missing]
Redistricted to the 10th district.
 
Henry Winfield Watson
(Langhorne)
Republican March 4, 1923 –
August 27, 1933
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
Redistricted from the 8th district and re-elected in 1922.
Died.
Vacant August 27, 1933 –
November 7, 1933
73rd
 
Oliver W. Frey
(Allentown)
Democratic November 7, 1933 –
January 3, 1939
73rd
74th
75th
Elected to finish Watson's term.
Lost re-election.
 
Charles L. Gerlach
(Allentown)
Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1945
76th
77th
78th
[data unknown/missing]
Redistricted to the 8th district.
 
J. Roland Kinzer
(Lancaster)
Republican January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
79th Redistricted from the 10th district and re-elected in 1944.
Retired.
 
Paul B. Dague
(Downingtown)
Republican January 3, 1947 –
December 30, 1966
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
[data unknown/missing]
Resigned.
Vacant December 30, 1966 –
January 3, 1967
89th
 
G. Robert Watkins
(West Chester)
Republican January 3, 1967 –
August 7, 1970
90th
91st
Redistricted from the 7th district and re-elected in 1966.
Died.
Vacant August 7, 1970 –
November 3, 1970
91st
 
John H. Ware III
(Oxford)
Republican November 3, 1970 –
January 3, 1973
91st
92nd
Elected to finish Watkins's term.
Redistricted to the 5th district.
 
Bud Shuster
(Everett)
Republican January 3, 1973 –
February 3, 2001
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
[data unknown/missing]
Resigned.
Vacant February 4, 2001 –
May 15, 2001
107th
 
Bill Shuster
(Hollidaysburg)
Republican May 15, 2001 –
January 3, 2019
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
Elected to finish his father's term.
Redistricted to the 13th district and retired.
 
Dan Meuser
(Dallas)
Republican January 3, 2019 –
present
116th Elected in 2018.

Historical district boundariesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/cd_state.html
  2. ^ "New Pennsylvania Map Is a Major Boost for Democrats". The Cook Political Report. February 20, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Zito, Salena (January 2, 2018). "GOP Rep. Bill Shuster to retire, spend final year working with Trump on massive infrastructure bill". The Washington Examiner. Washington, D.C. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Cohn, Nate; Bloch, Matthew; Quealy, Kevin (February 19, 2018). "The New Pennsylvania House Districts Are In. We Review the Mapmakers' Choices". The Upshot. The New York Times. Retrieved February 20, 2018.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 40°08′30″N 78°40′25″W / 40.14167°N 78.67361°W / 40.14167; -78.67361