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Virginia's 8th congressional district

Virginia's 8th congressional district is a United States congressional district in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It comprises all of Arlington County, portions of Fairfax County and all of the independent cities of Alexandria and Falls Church.

Virginia's 8th congressional district
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Virginia's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Don Beyer
DAlexandria
Distribution
  • 99.71[1]% urban
  • 0.29% rural
Population (2016)783,079[2]
Median income$104,149[3]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+21[4]

The residents of the 8th district are currently represented by Democratic Congressman Don Beyer, elected in November 2014. With a Cook Partisan Voting Index of D+21, it is the most Democratic district in Virginia, and one of the most Democratic white-majority districts in the South.

Being next to Washington D.C., the district is heavily dependent upon Federal government employment – for instance it has the highest Pentagon spending of any congressional district in the United States.[5]

Election results from presidential racesEdit

Year Office Results
1996 President Clinton 55–40%
2000 President Gore 58–38%
2004 President Kerry 64–35%
2008 President Obama 69–30%
2012 President Obama 67–32%
2016 President Clinton 74–21%

GeographyEdit

Encompassing much of Northern Virginia's suburbs of Washington, D.C., Virginia's 8th District includes Arlington County, parts of Fairfax County, and the independent cities of Alexandria and Falls Church.

DemographicsEdit

As of 2000, the district has 643,503 residents, 13.7% are African American, 9.5% are Asian, 16.4% are Hispanic and 64.5% are white.[6]

Virginia's eighth congressional district is traditionally a Democratic stronghold, most notably in the urban communities of Arlington and Alexandria.

Elections since 1960Edit

Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 1960
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Howard W. Smith (inc.) 42,809 75.7
Republican Lawrence M. Traylor 13,410 23.7
Write-ins 364 0.6
Total votes 56,583 100.00
Democratic hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 1962
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Howard W. Smith (inc.) 20,931 98.7
Write-ins 267 1.3
Total votes 21,198 100.00
Democratic hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 1964
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Howard W. Smith (inc.) 49,440 69.4
Independent Floyd Caldwell Bagley 21,813 30.6
Write-ins 4 <0.1
Total votes 71,257 100.00
Democratic hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 1966
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William L. Scott 50,782 57.2
Democratic George Rawlings 37,929 42.7
Write-ins 21 <0.1
Total votes 88,732 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 1968
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William L. Scott (inc.) 68,167 64.9
Democratic Andrew H. McCutcheon 49,731 35.1
Write-ins 1 <0.1
Total votes 141,853 100.00
Republican hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 1970
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William L. Scott (inc.) 68,167 63.8
Democratic Darrell Stearns 38,680 36.2
Write-ins 8 <0.1
Total votes 106,855 100.00
Republican hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 1972
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Stanford Parris 60,446 44.4
Democratic Robert F. Horan 51,444 37.8
Independent William Durland 18,654 13.7
Independent Robert E. Harris 5,553 4.1
Write-ins 2 <0.1
Total votes 136,099 100.00
Republican hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 1974
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Herbert Harris 53,074 57.6
Republican Stanford Parris (inc.) 38,997 42.4
Write-ins 11 <0.1
Total votes 92,082 100.00
Democratic gain from Republican
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 1976
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Herbert Harris (inc.) 83,245 51.6
Republican James R. Tate 68,729 42.6
Independent Michael D. Cannon 9,292 5.8
Write-ins 61 <0.1
Total votes 161,327 100.00
Democratic hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 1978
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Herbert Harris (inc.) 56,137 50.5
Republican Jack Herrity 52,396 47.1
Independent Charles Coe 2,632 2.4
Write-ins 5 <0.1
Total votes 111,170 100.00
Democratic hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 1980
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Stanford Parris 95,624 48.8
Democratic Herbert Harris (inc.) 94,530 48.3
Independent Deborah Frantz 5,729 2.9
Write-ins 14 <0.1
Total votes 195,897 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 1982
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Stanford Parris (inc.) 69,620 49.7
Democratic Herbert Harris 68,071 48.6
Independent Austin Morrill 2,373 1.7
Write-ins 6 <0.1
Total votes 140,070 100.00
Republican hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Stanford Parris (inc.) 125,015 55.8
Democratic Richard L. Saslaw 97,250 43.4
Independent Donald W. Carpenter 1,814 0.8
Write-ins 12 <0.1
Total votes 224,091 100.00
Republican hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 1986
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Stanford Parris (inc.) 72,670 61.8
Democratic James H. Boren 44,965 38.2
Write-ins 20 <0.1
Total votes 117,655 100.00
Republican hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Stanford Parris (inc.) 154,761 62.3
Democratic David Brickley 93,561 37.7
Write-ins 78 <0.1
Total votes 248,400 100.00
Republican hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 1990
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Moran 88,475 51.7
Republican Stanford Parris (inc.) 76,367 44.6
Independent Robert Murphy 5,958 3.5
Write-ins 321 0.2
Total votes 171,121 100.00
Democratic gain from Republican
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 1992
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Moran (inc.) 138,542 56.1
Republican Kyle E. McSlarrow 102,717 41.6
Independent Alvin West 5,601 2.3
Write-ins 266 0.1
Total votes 247,126 100.00
Democratic hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 1994
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Moran (inc.) 120,281 59.3
Republican Kyle E. McSlarrow 79,568 39.3
Independent R. Ward Edmonds 1,858 0.9
Independent William Jones 868 0.4
Write-ins 98 <0.1
Total votes 202,673 100.00
Democratic hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Moran (inc.) 152,334 66.4
Republican John Otey 64,562 28.1
Reform R. Ward Edmonds 6,243 2.7
Independent Sarina Grosswald 5,239 2.3
Independent Charles Severance 740 0.3
Write-ins 303 0.1
Total votes 229,421 100.00
Democratic hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Moran (inc.) 97,545 66.7
Republican Demaris H. Miller 48,352 33.1
Write-ins 390 0.3
Total votes 146,287 100.00
Democratic hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Moran (inc.) 164,178 63.3
Republican Demaris H. Miller 88,262 34.1
Independent Ronald V. Crickenberger 3,483 1.3
Independent Rick Herron 2,805 1.1
Write-ins 471 0.2
Total votes 259,199 100.00
Democratic hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Moran (inc.) 102,759 59.8
Republican Scott C. Tate 64,121 37.3
Independent Ronald V. Crickenberger 4,558 2.7
Write-ins 361 0.2
Total votes 171,799 100.00
Democratic hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Moran (inc.) 171,986 59.7
Republican Lisa Marie Cheney 106,231 36.9
Independent Jim Hurysz 9,004 3.1
Write-ins 698 0.2
Total votes 287,919 100.00
Democratic hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Moran (inc.) 144,700 66.4
Republican Tom M. O'Donoghue 66,639 30.6
Independent Jim Hurysz 6,094 2.8
Write-ins 476 0.2
Total votes 217,909 100.00
Democratic hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Moran (inc.) 222,986 67.9
Republican Mark W. Ellmore 97,425 29.7
Independent Greens J. Ron Fisher 6,829 2.1
Other Write-in candidates 957 0.3
Total votes 328,197 100
Democratic hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Moran (inc.) 116,293 61.0
Republican Jay Patrick Murray 71,108 37.3
Independent Greens J. Ron Fisher 2,704 1.4
Other Write-in candidates 492 0.2
Total votes 233,368 100
Turnout 233,368 of 476,011 49.0
Democratic hold
Virginia's 8th Congressional District election, 2012 [7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Moran (inc.) 226,847 64.6
Republican Jay Patrick Murray 107,370 30.6
Independent Jason Howell 10,180 2.9
Independent Greens Janet Murphy 5,985 1.7
Write-in 805 0.2
Total votes 351,187 100
Democratic hold
Virginia's 8th Congressional District election, 2014 [8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Don Beyer 128,102 63.1
Republican Micah Edmond 63,810 31.4
Independent Gwendolyn Beck 5,420 2.7
Libertarian Jeffrey Carson 4,409 2.2
Independent Greens Gerry Blais 963 0.5
Write-in 372 0.2
Total votes 203,076 100
Democratic hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Don Beyer (inc.) 246, 653 68.4
Republican Charles A. Hernick 98,387 27.3
Independent Julio Gracia 14,664 4.0
Write-ins 972 0.2
Total votes 360,676 100
Democratic hold
Virginia's 8th congressional district election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Don Beyer (inc.) 247,137 76.1
Republican Thomas Oh 76,899 23.7
Write-ins 712 0.2
Turnout 324,748 54.6
Total votes 324,748 100
Democratic hold

List of members representing the districtEdit

Representative Party Years Electoral history
 
Josiah Parker
Anti-Administration March 4, 1789 –
March 3, 1793
Elected in 1789.
Re-elected in 1790.
Elected to Virginia 11th District
 
Thomas Claiborne
Anti-Administration March 4, 1793 –
March 3, 1795
Elected in 1793.
Re-elected in 1795.
Re-elected in 1797.
Lost re-election.
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1799
 
Samuel Goode
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1799 –
March 3, 1801
Elected in 1799.
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Thomas Claiborne
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1801 –
March 3, 1803
Elected in 1801.
Redistricted to the 17th district.
Walter Jones Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1811
Elected in 1803.
Re-elected in 1805.
Re-elected in 1807.
Re-elected in 1809.
Retired.
John Hungerford Democratic-Republican March 4, 1811 –
November 29, 1811
Elected in 1811.
Lost election contest.
John Taliaferro Democratic-Republican November 29, 1811 –
March 3, 1813
Won election contest.
Redistricted to the 9th district and lost re-election.
Joseph Lewis Jr. Federalist March 4, 1813 –
March 3, 1817
Redistricted from the 7th district and re-elected in 1813.
Re-elected in 1815.
Retired.
 
Charles F. Mercer
Federalist March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1823
Elected in 1817.
Re-elected in 1819.
Re-elected in 1821.
Redistricted to the 14th district.
Burwell Bassett Crawford D-R March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
Redistricted from the 13th district and re-elected in 1823.
Re-elected in 1825.
Re-elected in 1827.
Lost re-election.
Jackson March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1829
Richard Coke Jr. Jackson March 4, 1829 –
March 3, 1833
Elected in 1829.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Henry A. Wise
Jackson March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1837
[Data unknown/missing.]
Whig March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1843
Elected to Virginia 7th District
Willoughby Newton Whig March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Robert M. T. Hunter
Whig March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1847
Elected to U.S. Senate
 
Richard L. T. Beale
Democratic March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1849
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
Alexander R. Holladay Democratic March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1853
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Charles J. Faulkner, Sr.
Democratic March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1859
Appointed Minister to France
 
Alexander R. Boteler
Opposition March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1861
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
Vacant March 4, 1861 –
January 28, 1870
Civil War
 
James K. Gibson
Conservative January 28, 1870 –
March 3, 1871
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
William Terry
Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1873
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Eppa Hunton
Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1881
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
John S. Barbour Jr.
Democratic March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1887
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
William H. F. Lee
Democratic March 4, 1887 –
October 15, 1891
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant October 16, 1891 –
December 8, 1891
 
Elisha E. Meredith
Democratic December 9, 1891 –
March 3, 1897
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
John F. Rixey
Democratic March 4, 1897 –
February 8, 1907
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant February 9, 1907 –
November 4, 1907
 
Charles C. Carlin
Democratic November 5, 1907 –
March 3, 1919
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned.
Vacant March 4, 1919 –
April 26, 1919
 
R. Walton Moore
Democratic April 27, 1919 –
March 3, 1931
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Howard W. Smith
Democratic March 4, 1931 –
March 3, 1933
Elected to Virginia At-Large District
District eliminated March 4, 1933
District recreated: January 3, 1935
 
Howard W. Smith
Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1967
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
William L. Scott
Republican January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1973
Elected to U.S. Senate
 
Stanford Parris
Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1975
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Herbert E. Harris
Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1981
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Stanford Parris
Republican January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1991
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Jim Moran
Democratic January 3, 1991 –
January 3, 2015
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Don Beyer
Democratic January 3, 2015 –
Present
Elected in 2014.

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
2003–2013

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Geography, US Census Bureau. "Congressional Districts Relationship Files (state-based)". www.census.gov. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  2. ^ Bureau, Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  3. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=51&cd=08
  4. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  5. ^ Bloomberg Government Study; ‘Defense Contract Spending: A State-by-State Analysis’
  6. ^ http://fastfacts.census.gov/servlet/CWSFacts?_event=ChangeGeoContext&geo_id=50000US5108&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US51%7C50000US5107&_street=&_county=&_cd=50000US5108&_cityTown=&_state=04000US51&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=500&_content=&_keyword=&_industry= Retrieved 2007-09-20.
  7. ^ "November 6, 2012 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on May 12, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-07. Retrieved 2014-11-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

Further readingEdit

Coordinates: 38°46′46″N 77°08′23″W / 38.77944°N 77.13972°W / 38.77944; -77.13972