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South Carolina's 3rd congressional district

The 3rd Congressional District of South Carolina is a congressional district in western South Carolina bordering both Georgia and North Carolina. It includes all of Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens and Saluda counties and portions of Greenville and Newberry counties. The district is mostly rural, but much of the economy revolves around the manufacturing centers of Anderson and Greenwood.

South Carolina's 3rd congressional district
South Carolina US Congressional District 3 (since 2013).tif
South Carolina's 3rd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Jeff Duncan
RLaurens
Population (2000)668,668
Median income$47,004[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+19[2]

HistoryEdit

Historically, the district was a Democratic stronghold, and Democrats continued to hold most local offices well into the 1990s. However, most residents share the socially conservative views of their counterparts in the 4th district and the district has elected Republicans since 1994. Republicans now dominate the district's politics at all levels, usually scoring margins rivaling those in the 4th. Indeed, no Democrat has cleared the 40 percent mark in the district in almost a quarter-century.

South Carolina's senior Senator, Lindsey Graham, held this seat from 1995 to 2003. He was succeeded by J. Gresham Barrett, who gave up the seat in order to run for governor.[3] State Rep. Jeff Duncan won the seat in 2010.

From 2003 to 2013 the district included all of Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens and Saluda counties and most of Aiken and Laurens counties.

Election results from presidential racesEdit

Year Result
2004 George W. Bush 66 - 34%
2008 John McCain 63.5 - 35.1%
2012 Mitt Romney 64.5 - 33.9%
2016 Donald Trump 67 - 29%

List of members representing the districtEdit

Name Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history District location
 
Daniel Huger
Pro-Administration March 4, 1789 –
March 3, 1793
1st
2nd
Elected in 1788.
Re-elected in 1790.
[Data unknown/missing.]
"Georgetown-Cheraw district"
 
South Carolina Congressional Districts, 1789–1793
     1st district: Charleston
     2nd district: Beaufort-Orangeburg
     3rd district: Georgetown-Cheraw
     4th district: Camden
     5th district: Ninety-Six
Lemuel Benton Anti-Administration March 4, 1793 –
March 3, 1795
3rd
4th
5th
Elected in 1793.
Re-elected in 1794.
Re-elected in 1796.
Lost re-election.
"Georgetown-Cheraw district"
(Map unknown)
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1797
March 4, 1797 –
March 3, 1799
"Georgetown district"
 
1796 election results by district
 
Benjamin Huger
Federalist March 4, 1799 –
March 3, 1805
6th
7th
8th
Elected in 1798.
Re-elected in 1800.
Re-elected in 1803.
Retired.
"Georgetown district"
(Map unknown)
 
David R. Williams
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1805 –
March 3, 1809
9th
10th
Elected in 1804.
Re-elected in 1806.
Retired.
Robert Witherspoon Democratic-Republican March 4, 1809 –
March 3, 1811
11th Elected in 1808.
Retired.
 
David R. Williams
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1811 –
March 3, 1813
12th Elected in 1810.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Theodore Gourdin Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 –
March 3, 1815
13th Elected in 1812.
Lost re-election.
 
Benjamin Huger
Federalist March 4, 1815 –
March 3, 1817
14th Elected in 1814.
Lost re-election.
James Ervin Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1821
15th
16th
Elected in 1816.
Re-elected in 1818.
Retired.
Thomas R. Mitchell Democratic-Republican March 4, 1821 –
March 3, 1823
17th Elected in 1820.
Lost re-election.
 
Robert B. Campbell
Jackson Democratic-Republican March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
18th Elected in 1823.
Retired.
Thomas R. Mitchell Jackson March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1829
19th
20th
Elected in 1824.
Re-elected in 1826.
Lost re-election.
John Campbell Jackson March 4, 1829 –
March 3, 1831
21st Elected in 1828.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Thomas R. Mitchell Jackson March 4, 1831 –
March 3, 1833
22nd [Data unknown/missing.]
Thomas Singleton Nullifier March 4, 1833 –
November 25, 1833
23rd [Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant November 25, 1833 –
February 27, 1834
 
Robert B. Campbell
Nullifier February 27, 1834 –
March 3, 1837
23rd
24th
[Data unknown/missing.]
John Campbell Nullifier March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
25th
26th
27th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 4th district.
Democratic March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1843
Joseph A. Woodward Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1853
28th
29th
30th
31st
32nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Laurence M. Keitt
Democratic March 4, 1853 –
July 15, 1856
33rd
34th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned.
Vacant July 15, 1856 –
August 6, 1856
 
Laurence M. Keitt
Democratic August 6, 1856 –
December ???, 1860
34th
35th
36th
Re-elected to finish his term.
Vacant December ???, 1860 –
July 25, 1868
Civil War and Reconstruction
Manuel S. Corley Republican July 25, 1868 –
March 3, 1869
40th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Solomon L. Hoge
Republican April 8, 1869 –
March 3, 1871
41st Successfully contested election of J.P. Reed
 
Robert B. Elliott
Republican March 4, 1871 –
November 1, 1874
42nd
43rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned.
Vacant November 1, 1874 –
November 3, 1874
Lewis C. Carpenter Republican November 3, 1874 –
March 3, 1875
43rd [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Solomon L. Hoge
Republican March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
44th [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
D. Wyatt Aiken
Democratic March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1887
45th
46th
47th
48th
49th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
Vacant March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1891
James S. Cothran Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1891
50th
51st
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
George Johnstone Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
52nd [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
 
Asbury C. Latimer
Democratic March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1903
53rd
54th
55th
56th
57th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
Wyatt Aiken Democratic March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1913
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1917
1913 – 1933:
Abbeville, Anderson, Greenwood, Newberry, Oconee, and Pickens Counties.[4]
 
Frederick H. Dominick
Democratic March 4, 1917 –
March 3, 1933
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
John C. Taylor Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1939
73rd
74th
75th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
 
Butler B. Hare
Democratic January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1947
76th
77th
78th
79th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
W.J. Bryan Dorn
Democratic January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1949
80th [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
James Butler Hare Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1951
81st [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
 
W.J. Bryan Dorn
Democratic January 3, 1951 –
December 31, 1974
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for Governor of South Carolina and resigned.
Vacant December 31, 1974 –
January 3, 1975
 
Butler Derrick
Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1995
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Lindsey Graham
Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 2003
104th
105th
106th
107th
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
 
Gresham Barrett
Republican January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2011
108th
109th
110th
111th
Elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Retired.
2003 – 2013:
 
All of Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens and Saluda counties and most of Aiken and Laurens counties.
 
Jeff Duncan
Republican January 3, 2011 –
January 3, 2013
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
Elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.
January 3, 2013 –
Present
2013 – Present:
 

Living former MembersEdit

As of January 2019, there are two living former members. The most recent representative to die was Butler Derrick (served 1975–1995) on May 5, 2014.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Lindsey Graham 1995–2003 (1955-07-09) July 9, 1955 (age 64)
Gresham Barrett 2003–2011 (1961-02-14) February 14, 1961 (age 58)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=45&cd=03
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ "Gresh". greshambarrett.com.
  4. ^ "South Carolina". Official congressional directory. p. 104.

Coordinates: 34°23′N 82°30′W / 34.38°N 82.50°W / 34.38; -82.50