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Washington's 1st congressional district

Washington's 1st congressional district encompasses the majority of Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish counties, as well as nearly one-third of King County. The eastern edge of the district follows county lines from the Canada–US border down to the I-90 corridor. Then it follows I-90 west to West Lake Sammamish, and from there north to I-5. The western border follows the I-5 corridor north to Bellingham, then along the coast to Canada.

Washington's 1st congressional district
WA CD 01-2013.pdf
Representative
  Suzan DelBene
DMedina
Population (2000)654,904
Median income$94,638[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+6[2]

The 2012 redistricting drastically changed the 1st district. Much of this area was previously part of the 2nd district, but in the new map the 2nd has shrunk significantly. Jay Inslee (D) was the representative of the 1st District until resigning to run for Governor of the state, but most of the district has been represented by Rick Larsen (D), of the 2nd District, in the past.

Soon after the 2012 general election polls closed, the Seattle Times and national news organizations called the district for Democrat Suzan DelBene, defeating Republican John Koster with a margin that the Seattle Times called "unexpectedly decisive",[3] reflecting the difficulty of predicting the vote in the new district. The certified results confirmed her significant margin.[4] DelBene also won the election for the remainder of Inslee's term in the old First District, and after being sworn in on November 13, 2012, is serving in the 112th Congress.

In presidential elections, the 1st District has leaned Democratic. Under the old boundaries, Al Gore and John Kerry narrowly carried the district in 2000 and 2004 with 48% and 51% of the vote, respectively. In 2008, Barack Obama swept the district with 55.60% of the vote while John McCain received 42%.

The district from 2003 to 2013

Pre-2012 redistricting HistoryEdit

Prior to the 2012 redistricting, the district encompassed part of Northwest Seattle and largely suburban areas north and east of Seattle including Shoreline, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Kenmore, Bothell, Kirkland and Redmond as well as Bainbridge Island and part of the Kitsap Peninsula. Until March 20, 2012, it was represented by Democrat Jay Inslee from Bainbridge Island. Inslee resigned to focus on his run for Governor of the state;[5] the seat remained vacant until the special election that coincided with the November 2012 general election.[6][7]

The former House seat of powerful U.S. Senator Warren G. Magnuson, the district was a swing district throughout much of the 1990s, changing hands and parties three times in four elections. Before the election of future U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell in 1992, the district had been in Republican hands for 40 years (and 42 of the previous 46 years). Since the 1998 election, when Inslee was first elected, the growing Democratic trend in the Seattle area enabled him to turn it into a fairly safe seat. He had been reelected six times with little difficulty, most recently in 2010.

Recent election results from presidential racesEdit

Year Results
1964 Johnson 59 - 41%
1968 Nixon 50 - 45%
1972 Nixon 58 - 42%
1976 Ford 53 - 44%
1980 Reagan 43 - 39%
1984 Reagan 57 - 42%
1988 Dukakis 50 - 49%
1992 Clinton 42 - 32%
1996 Clinton 51 - 37%
2000 Gore 54 - 42%
2004 Kerry 56 - 42%
2008 Obama 62 - 36%
2012 Obama 54 - 43%
2016 Clinton 54 - 38%

List of members representing the districtEdit

Beginning in 1909, members were elected from districted seats, instead of at-large statewide. (See Washington's at-large congressional district.)

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
March 4, 1909 District created
 
William E. Humphrey
Republican March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1917
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
Redistricted from the at-large district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
John F. Miller
Republican March 4, 1917 –
March 3, 1931
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
 
Ralph A. Horr
Republican March 4, 1931 –
March 3, 1933
72nd [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
 
Marion Zioncheck
Democratic March 4, 1933 –
August 7, 1936
73rd
74th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant August 7, 1936 –
January 3, 1937
 
Warren Magnuson
Democratic January 3, 1937 –
December 13, 1944
75th
76th
77th
78th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned to become U.S. Senator.
Vacant December 13, 1944 –
January 3, 1945
 
Emerson H. DeLacy
Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
79th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Homer R. Jones
Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1949
80th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Hugh B. Mitchell
Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1953
81st
82nd
Elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Retired to run for Governor of Washington.
 
Thomas M. Pelly
Republican January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1973
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
Elected in 1952.
Re-elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Re-elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970.
Retired.
 
Joel M. Pritchard
Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1985
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
Elected in 1972.
Re-elected in 1974.
Re-elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Retired.
 
John R. Miller
Republican January 3, 1985 –
January 3, 1993
99th
100th
101st
102nd
Elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Retired.
 
Maria Cantwell
Democratic January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1995
103rd Elected in 1992.
Lost re-election.
 
Rick White
Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 1999
104th
105th
Elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Lost re-election.
 
Jay Inslee
Democratic January 3, 1999 –
March 20, 2012
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
Elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Resigned to run for Governor of Washington.
Vacant March 20, 2012 –
November 6, 2012
 
Suzan DelBene
Democratic November 6, 2012 –
Present
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
Elected to finish Inslee's term and for the next term
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.

Recent election resultsEdit

2010Edit

United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jay Inslee (incumbent) 172,642 57.67
Republican James Watkins 126,737 42.33
Total votes 299,379 100.0
Turnout  
Democratic hold

2012 short term (2010 boundaries)Edit

United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2012 One Month Short Term
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Suzan DelBene 216,144 60.42
Republican John Koster 141,591 39.58
Total votes 357,735 100.0
Turnout  
Democratic hold

2012Edit

United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Suzan DelBene (incumbent)[8] 177,025 53.94
Republican John Koster 151,187 46.06
Total votes 328,212 100.0
Turnout  
Democratic hold

2014Edit

Washington's 1st Congressional District - November 4, 2014 [9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Suzan DelBene (Incumbent) 124,151 55.04
Republican Pedro Celis 101,428 44.96
Total votes 225,579 100
Democratic hold

2016Edit

Washington's 1st Congressional District - November 8, 2016 [10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Suzan DelBene (Incumbent) 193,619 55.42
Republican Robert J. Sutherland 155,779 44.58
Total votes 349,398 100
Democratic hold

2018Edit

Washington's 1st Congressional District - November 6, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Suzan DelBene (Incumbent) 145,010 58.64
Republican Jeffrey Beeler 102,280 41.36
Total votes 247,290 100
Democratic hold

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=53&cd=01
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ DelBene beats Koster in race for U.S. House, Seattle Times
  4. ^ "Federal - All Results". Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  5. ^ Congressman Inslee to step down and focus on run for governor, Reuters
  6. ^ Cornfield, Jerry (March 29, 2012). "Gregoire: Election in works to replace Inslee". HeraldNet. The Daily Herald. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  7. ^ RCW 29A.28.041 Congress — Special election, Revised Code of Washington
  8. ^ DelBene was incumbent by virtue of winning the simultaneous One Month Short Term election
  9. ^ "November 4, 2014 General Election Results". Washington Secretary of State. November 4, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  10. ^ "November 8, 2016 General Election Results". Washington Secretary of State. November 8, 2016. Retrieved June 2, 2017.

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