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Virginia's 10th congressional district

Virginia's Tenth Congressional District is a U.S. congressional district in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is currently represented by Democrat Jennifer Wexton, who was first elected in 2018.

Virginia's 10th congressional district
Virginia US Congressional District 10 (since 2013).tif
Virginia's 10th congressional district since January 3, 2013
Representative
  Jennifer Wexton
DLeesburg
Distribution
  • 85.53[1]% urban
  • 14.47% rural
Population (2016)827,279[2]
Median income$122,092[3]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+1[4]

The district includes all of Clarke, Frederick, and Loudoun counties, parts of Fairfax and Prince William counties, and the independent cities of Manassas, Manassas Park and Winchester. The district closely matches Virginia's voting patterns in statewide races with nearly identical margins as the final statewide results.

Since it was created in 1952, the 10th District has been in Republican hands for 60 of 66 years, including long stints in office by Representatives Joel Broyhill (1953-74) and Frank Wolf (1981-2014). Barbara Comstock, a former aide to Wolf, succeeded him after the 2014 election.[5]

According to Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, this district has many "wealthy and highly-educated voters" as of 14 April 2016.[6] Specifically, whites represent about 61% of the population, and immigrants (largely Hispanic and Asian) represent over 20%. Just over half of adults hold at least a four-year college degree. The median income is $120,384.[7]

The 10th district has 35,500 federal workers. By comparison, the 1st district has 46,900; the 11th has 51,900; and the 8th has 81,100.[8] The eastern part of the district is home to Dulles Airport and technology, telecom and aerospace companies including Verizon Business Global LLC, WorldCom Inc. and Aeronautical Systems Inc.[9]

Contents

HistoryEdit

The modern 10th congressional district was formed in 1952. In the 1960s it consisted of Arlington, Alexandria and most of Fairfax County.

VotingEdit

Virginia's 10th Congressional District used to be a Republican stronghold, having once voted by double-digit margins for Republican candidates. In 2000, incumbent Congressman Frank Wolf (R) won over 80% of the vote, although no Democrats filed to run. Two years later, Wolf defeated his Democratic challenger, John Stevens, by 43 points. In 2004, President George W. Bush won the district by 11 points. Over time, due to population growth in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, the margin, whether it be in Congressional or statewide races, has begun to narrow. In 2012, Mitt Romney narrowly carried the district by a point, while in 2016, Hillary Clinton won the district by 10 points.

Election results from statewide races
Year Office Results
1992 President Bush 49.7–33.1%[10]
1996 President Dole 54–38%[citation needed]
Senator Warner 60–40%[citation needed]
1997 Governor Gilmore 62–37%[citation needed]
Lieutenant Governor Hager 59–37%[citation needed]
Attorney General Earley 62–38%[citation needed]
2000 President Bush 56–41%[11]
Senator Allen 59–41%[citation needed]
2001 Governor Earley 54–45%[citation needed]
Lieutenant Governor Katzen 57–41%[citation needed]
Attorney General Kilgore 65–35%[citation needed]
2004 President Bush 55–44%[11]
2008 President Obama 51–48.2%[12]
2012 President Romney 49.9–48.8%[13]
2013 Governor Cuccinelli 47.9-47.0%[14]
2016 President Clinton 52.2–42.2%[15]
2017 Governor Northam 56.6–43.3%[16]
Lieutenant Governor Fairfax 54.2–45.8%
Attorney General Herring

Recent election resultsEdit

1970 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 1970
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joel T. Broyhill (inc.) 67,468 54.53
Democratic Harold O. Miller 56,255 45.47
Total votes 123,723 100.00
Republican hold

Source:[17]

1972 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joel T. Broyhill (inc.) 101,138 56.26
Democratic Harold O. Miller 78,638 43.74
Write-ins 2 <0.01
Total votes 179,778 100.00
Republican hold

Source:[18]

1974 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 1974
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joseph L. Fisher 67,184 53.62
Republican Joel T. Broyhill (inc.) 56,649 45.21
Independent Francis J. Speh 1,465 1.17
Write-ins 6 <0.01
Total votes 125,304 100.00
Democratic gain from Republican

Source:[19]

1976 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 1976
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joseph L. Fisher (inc.) 103,689 54.72
Republican Vincent F. Callahan, Jr. 73,616 38.85
Independent E. Stanley Rittenhouse 12,124 6.40
Write-ins 60 0.03
Total votes 189,489 100.00
Democratic hold

Source:[20]

1978 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 1978
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joseph L. Fisher (inc.) 70,892 53.35
Republican Frank Wolf 61,981 46.64
Write-ins 9 0.01
Total votes 132,882 100.00
Democratic hold

Source:[21]

1980 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Wolf 110,840 51.14
Democratic Joseph L. Fisher (inc.) 105,883 48.85
Write-ins 21 0.01
Total votes 216,744 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic

Source:[22]

1982 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 1982
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Wolf (inc.) 86,506 52.74
Democratic Ira M. Lechner 75,361 45.94
Independent Scott R. Bowden 2,162 1.32
Write-ins 6 <0.01
Total votes 164,035 100.00
Republican hold

Source:[23]

1984 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Wolf (inc.) 158,528 62.50
Democratic John P. Flannery II 95,074 37.49
Write-ins 23 <0.01
Total votes 253,625 100.00
Republican hold

Source:[24]

1986 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 1986
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Wolf (inc.) 95,724 60.20
Democratic John G. Milliken 63,292 39.80
Write-ins 7 <0.01
Total votes 159,023 100.00
Republican hold

Source:[25]

1988 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Wolf (inc.) 188,550 68.09
Democratic Bob L. Weinberg 88,284 31.88
Write-ins 74 0.03
Total votes 276,908 100.00
Republican hold

Source:[26]

1990 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 1990
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Wolf (inc.) 103,761 61.46
Democratic N. MacKenzie Canter III 57,249 33.91
Independent Barbara S. Minnich 5,273 3.12
Independent Lyndon LaRouche 2,293 1.36
Write-ins 249 0.15
Total votes 168,825 100.00
Republican hold

Source:[27]

1992 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 1992
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Wolf (inc.) 144,471 63.59
Democratic Raymond E. Vickery, Jr. 75,775 33.35
Independent Alan R. Ogden 6,874 3.03
Write-ins 71 0.03
Total votes 227,191 100.00
Republican hold

Source:[28]

1994 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 1994
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Wolf (inc.) 153,311 87.34
Independent Alan R. Ogden 13,687 7.80
Independent Robert L. Rilee 8,267 4.71
Write-ins 266 0.15
Total votes 175,531 100.00
Republican hold

Source:[29]

1996 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Wolf (inc.) 169,266 72.02
Democratic Bob L. Weinberg 59,145 25.17
Independent Gary A. Reams 6,500 2.77
Write-ins 102 0.04
Total votes 235,013 100.00
Republican hold

Source:[30]

1998 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Wolf (inc.) 103,648 71.60
Democratic Cornell W. Brooks 36,476 25.20
Independent Robert A. Buchanan 4,506 3.11
Write-ins 125 0.09
Total votes 144,755 100.00
Republican hold

Source:[31]

2000 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Wolf (inc.) 238,817 84.20
Independent Brian M. Brown 28,107 9.91
Independent Marc A. Rossi 16,031 5.65
Write-ins 682 0.24
Total votes 283,637 100.00
Republican hold

Source:[32]

2002 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Wolf (inc.) 115,917 71.72
Democratic John B. Stevens, Jr. 45,464 28.13
Write-ins 234 0.14
Total votes 161,615 100.00
Republican hold

Source:[33]

2004 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Wolf (inc.) 205,982 63.77
Democratic James R. Socas 116,654 36.11
Write-ins 375 0.12
Total votes 323,011 100.00
Republican hold

Source:[34]

2006 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Wolf (inc.) 138,213 57.32
Democratic Judy Feder 98,769 40.96
Libertarian Wilbur N. Wood III 2,107 0.87
Independent Neeraj C. Nigam 1,851 0.77
Write-ins 194 0.08
Total votes 241,134 100.00
Republican hold

Source:[35]

2008 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Wolf (inc.) 223,140 58.80
Democratic Judy Feder 147,357 38.83
Independent Neeraj C. Nigam 8,457 2.23
Write-ins 526 0.14
Total votes 379,480 100.00
Republican hold

Source:[36]

2010 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th congressional district election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Wolf (inc.) 131,116 62.87
Democratic Jeff Barnett 72,604 34.81
Libertarian Bill Redpath 4,607 2.21
Write-ins 229 0.11
Total votes 208,556 100.00
Republican hold

Source:[37]

2012 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th Congressional District election, 2012 [38]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Wolf (inc.) 214,038 58.41
Democratic Kristin Cabral 142,024 38.76
Independent Kevin Chisholm 9,855 2.69
Write-in 527 0.14
Total votes 366,444 100
Republican hold

2014 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th Congressional District election, 2014 [39]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Barbara Comstock 125,914 56.49
Democratic John Foust 89,957 40.36
Libertarian Bill Redpath 3,393 1.52
Independent Brad Eickholt 2,442 1.10
Independent Greens Dianne Blais 946 0.42
Write-in 258 0.12
Total votes 222,910 100
Republican hold

2016 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th Congressional District election, 2016 [40]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Barbara Comstock (inc.) 210,791 52.69% -3.8%
Democratic LuAnn Bennett 187,712 46.92% +6.56%
Write-in 1,580 0.39% +0.27%
Total votes 400,083 100% +177,173
Republican hold

2018 electionEdit

Virginia's 10th Congressional District election, 2018 [41]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jennifer Wexton 206,101 56.2% +12.4%
Republican Barbara Comstock (inc.) 160,529 43.7% -14.4%
Write-in 1,580 0.39% +0.27%
Total votes 366,630 100% -33,453
Democratic gain from Republican

List of members representing the districtEdit

Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1789
 
Samuel Griffin
Pro-Administration March 4, 1789 –
March 3, 1791
Elected in 1789.
Re-elected in 1790.
Redistricted to the 13th district.
Anti-Administration March 4, 1791 –
March 3, 1793
Carter B. Harrison Anti-Administration March 4, 1793 –
March 3, 1795
Elected in 1793.
Re-elected in 1795.
Re-elected in 1797.
Retired.
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1799
Edwin Gray Democratic-Republican March 4, 1799 –
March 3, 1803
Elected in 1799.
Re-elected in 1801.
Redistricted to the 19th district.
John Dawson Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1813
Redistricted from the 15th district and re-elected in 1803.
Re-elected in 1805.
Re-elected in 1807.
Re-elected in 1809.
Re-elected in 1811.
Redistricted to the 11th district.
Aylett Hawes Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 –
March 3, 1817
Redistricted from the 9th district and re-elected in 1813.
Re-elected in 1815.
Retired.
George F. Strother Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 –
February 10, 1820
Elected in 1817.
Resigned.
Vacant February 11, 1820 –
November 12, 1820
Thomas L. Moore Democratic-Republican November 13, 1820 –
March 3, 1823
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
William C. Rives
Crawford Democratic-Republican March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
Elected in 1823.
Resigned to become U.S. Minister to France.
Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
April 17, 1829
Vacant April 18, 1829 –
January 24, 1830
William F. Gordon Jacksonian January 25, 1830 –
March 3, 1833
Elected in 1829 to finish Rives's term and seated January 25, 1830.
Redistricted to the 12th district.
Joseph W. Chinn Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1835
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
John Taliaferro Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1835 –
March 3, 1837
[Data unknown/missing.]
Whig March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1843
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
William Lucas
Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
Henry Bedinger III Democratic March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1849
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Richard Parker
Democratic March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1851
Elected Virginia Circuit Court judge
 
Charles J. Faulkner
Whig March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1853
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 8th district.
 
Zedekiah Kidwell
Democratic March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1857
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Sherrard Clemens
Democratic March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1861
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
William G. Brown
Unionist March 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1863
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
Vacant March 4, 1863 –
June 19, 1863
Civil War
District eliminated June 20, 1863
District recreated March 4, 1885
 
John R. Tucker
Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1887
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
Jacob Yost Republican March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1889
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Henry S. Tucker III
Democratic March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1897
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
Jacob Yost Republican March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1899
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Julian M. Quarles
Democratic March 4, 1899 –
March 3, 1901
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Henry D. Flood
Democratic March 4, 1901 –
December 8, 1921
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant December 9, 1921 –
March 20, 1922
 
Henry S. Tucker III
Democratic March 21, 1922 –
July 23, 1932
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant July 24, 1932 –
November 7, 1932
Joel W. Flood Democratic November 8, 1932 –
March 3, 1933
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
District eliminated March 4, 1933
District re-created: January 3, 1953
 
Joel T. Broyhill
Republican January 3, 1953 –
December 31, 1974
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
Vacant December 31, 1974 –
January 3, 1975
 
Joseph L. Fisher
Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1981
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Frank R. Wolf
Republican January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 2015
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Barbara Comstock
Republican January 3, 2015 –
January 3, 2019
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Jennifer Wexton
Democratic January 3, 2019 –
Present
Elected in 2018.

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
2003–2013

Election results from recent presidential racesEdit

Year Results
2000 Bush 56–41%
2004 Bush 55–44%
2008 Obama 53–46%
2012 Obama 51.2–47.3%
2016 Clinton 52.2–42.2%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/cd_state.html
  2. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=51&cd=10
  3. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=51&cd=10
  4. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  5. ^ McCaffrey, Scott (July 20, 2018). "Ex-Del. Brink: Wexton has edge, but count Comstock out at your peril". Inside Nova.
  6. ^ Kondik, Kyle; Skelley, Geoffrey. "House 2016: How a Democratic Wave Could Happen". University of Virginia Center for Politics. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  7. ^ Brownstein, Ronald (July 20, 2018). "There are absolutely two Americas. Sometimes in the same state". NBC.
  8. ^ Portnoy, Jenna (August 1, 2018). "Rep. Comstock, running for reelection, won't vote for a government shutdown no matter how much Trump wants one". Washington Post.
  9. ^ Edgerton, Anna (August 9, 2018). "A 'Killer Campaigner' for the GOP Swims Against a Blue Tide in Virginia". Bloomberg.
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  19. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1974election.pdf
  20. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1976election.pdf
  21. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1978election.pdf
  22. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1980election.pdf
  23. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1982election.pdf
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  25. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1986election.pdf
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  29. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1994election.pdf
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  33. ^ "2002 ELECTION STATISTICS".
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  35. ^ "2006 Election Statistics".
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  37. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  39. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 7, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  41. ^ "2018 November General". Results.elections.virginia.gov. Retrieved November 26, 2018.

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