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Washington's 3rd congressional district

Washington's 3rd congressional district encompasses the southernmost portion of western and central Washington. It includes the counties of Lewis, Pacific, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat, as well as a small sliver of southern Thurston county. The 3rd District is represented by Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler.

Washington's 3rd congressional district
WA CD 03-2013.pdf
Representative
  Jaime Herrera Beutler
RCamas
Population (2000)654,898
Median income$66,030[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+4[2]

Established after the 1900 census, the Third District was represented by Democrats for most of the latter half of the 20th century, until Rep. Jolene Unsoeld was defeated by Republican Linda Smith as part of the Republican Revolution of 1994. Smith retired after two terms, and was succeeded by Democrat Brian Baird. Baird announced he wouldn't run for re-election in 2010, with Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler winning the now open seat in the 2010 general election 53%-47% against Democratic representative Denny Heck, who was subsequently elected in Washington's 10th congressional district. Herrera Beutler retained her seat 60%-40% over Democrat Jon T. Haugen in 2012. In 2014, she beat Democratic nominee Bob Dingethal by 61.5% to 38.5%.

In presidential elections, the 3rd District is rather competitive. It is the only part of western Washington that didn't swing heavily to the Democrats during the 1990s, and is one of the few districts in the country that cannot be considered safe for either party. It is home to Lewis County, far and away the most conservative county in western Washington. Additionally, most of the district is located in the Portland, Oregon, market; voting patterns there are somewhat different from those in the areas closer to Seattle. George W. Bush narrowly carried the district in 2000 with 48% of the vote and again in 2004 with 50%. The district swung Democratic in 2008, giving Barack Obama 52% of the vote and 46% to John McCain. However, redistricting (see below) extended the district further east and made it slightly more Republican than its predecessor; had the current boundaries been in effect for the 2008 election, Obama would have only defeated McCain by 50.9 percent to 47.1 percent. In 2012, it gave Mitt Romney 49.6% to Obama's 47.9%. In the 2016 presidential election, Republican nominee Donald Trump won the district 49.9% to Hillary Clinton's 42.5%.

The district from 2003 to 2013

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Recent results from presidential racesEdit

Year Office Results
1952 President Eisenhower 54 - 46%
1956 President Eisenhower 52 - 48%
1960 President Kennedy 50 - 50%
1964 President Johnson 70 - 30%
1968 President Humphrey 52 - 42%
1972 President Nixon 58 - 42%
1976 President Carter 50 - 46%
1980 President Reagan 50 - 38%
1984 President Reagan 53 - 45%
1988 President Dukakis 51 - 47%
1992 President Clinton 42 - 33%
1996 President Clinton 49 - 38%
2000 President Bush 48 - 47%
2004 President Bush 50 - 48%
2008 President Obama 52 - 46%
2012 President Romney 49 - 47%[3]
2016 President Trump 49 - 42%[3]

List of representativesEdit

Representative Party Term Electoral history
District created March 4, 1909 [Data unknown/missing.]
 

Miles Poindexter

Republican March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1911
[Data unknown/missing.]
 

William L. La Follette

Republican March 4, 1911 –
March 3, 1915
Redistricted to the 4th district
 

Albert Johnson

Republican March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1933
Redistricted from the 2nd district
 

Martin Fernard Smith

Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1943
[Data unknown/missing.]
 

Fred B. Norman

Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1945
[Data unknown/missing.]
 

Charles Raymon Savage

Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
[Data unknown/missing.]
 

Fred B. Norman

Republican January 3, 1947 –
April 18, 1947
Died
Vacant April 18, 1947 –
July 7, 1947
 

Russell Vernon Mack

Republican July 7, 1947 –
March 28, 1960
Died
Vacant March 28, 1960 –
November 8, 1960
 

Julia Butler Hansen

Democratic November 8, 1960 –
December 31, 1974
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant December 31, 1974 –
January 3, 1975
 

Don Leroy Bonker

Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1989
[Data unknown/missing.]
 

Jolene Unsoeld

Democratic January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 1995
[Data unknown/missing.]
 

Linda Smith

Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 1999
[Data unknown/missing.]
 

Brian Baird

Democratic January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2011
[Data unknown/missing.]
 

Jaime Herrera Beutler

Republican January 3, 2011 –
present
[Data unknown/missing.]

Recent election resultsEdit

2010Edit

2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Washington: Washington's 3rd district[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler (incumbent) 152,799 52.97
Democratic Dennis Heck 135,654 47.03
Total votes 288,453 100.0
Republican hold

2012Edit

2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Washington: Washington's 3rd district[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler (incumbent) 177,446 60.4
Democratic Jon T. Haugen 116,438 39.6
Total votes 293,884 100.0
Republican hold

2014Edit

2014 United States House of Representatives elections in Washington: Washington's 3rd district[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler (incumbent) 124,796 61.5
Democratic Bob Dingethal 78,018 38.5
Total votes 202,814 100.0
Republican hold

2016Edit

2016 United States House of Representatives elections in Washington: Washington's 3rd district[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler (incumbent) 193,457 61.8
Democratic Carolyn Long 145,407 47.3
Total votes 176,460 100.0
Republican hold

2018Edit

2018 United States House of Representatives elections in Washington: Washington's 3rd district[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler (incumbent) 161,819 52.7
Democratic Carolyn Long 145,407 47.3
Total votes 307,226 100.0
Republican hold

Census 2010 RedistrictingEdit

The Washington State Redistricting Commission is charged with adjusting congressional and legislative district boundaries after each decennial census. Given Washington State's growth over the previous decade, Washington gained an additional congressional district for the 113th congress. The third district needed to lose 106,894 people in the redistricting process in order to meet the ideal population of 672,454.[9] On September 13, 2011, the four voting commissioners on the Redistricting Commission submitted draft proposals for the congressional map. All four draft proposals left the entirety of Lewis, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, and Clark Counties, and all or most of Skamania county in the 3rd district. In addition, each proposal added population from one or more of Pacific, Thurston, Pierce, or Klickitat counties.[10][11][12][13]

The final approved map for the 3rd district includes the entirety of Klickitat, Skamania, Clark, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Pacific, and Lewis counties, with the extreme southern part of Thurston county south of highway 12, Washington State Route 507, and the Vail Cut Off Road.[14]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Specific
  1. ^ "My Congressional District". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Daily Kos Elections' presidential results by congressional district for 2016, 2012, and 2008". dailykos.com. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  4. ^ "November 02, 2010 General Election". Secretary of State. State of Washington. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  5. ^ "November 06, 2012 General Election". Secretary of State. State of Washington. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  6. ^ "November 4, 2014 General Election". Secretary of State. State of Washington. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  7. ^ "November 8, 2016 General Election". November 8, 2016 General Election. Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  8. ^ "November 6, 2018 General Election Results". Washington Secretary of State. State of Washington. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  9. ^ "2010 Congressional Malapportionment Report" (PDF). Washington State Redistricting Commission. Retrieved 14 Sep 2011.
  10. ^ Ceis, Tim. "Draft Congressional Plan #1 - Commissioner Ceis - September 13, 2011" (PDF). Washington State Redistricting Commission. Retrieved 14 Sep 2011.
  11. ^ Gorton, Slade. "Draft Congressional Plan #1 - Commissioner Gorton - September 13, 2011" (PDF). Washington State Redistricting Commission. Retrieved 14 Sep 2011.
  12. ^ Foster, Dean. "Draft Congressional Plan #1 - Commissioner Foster - September 13, 2011" (PDF). Washington State Redistricting Commission. Retrieved 14 Sep 2011.
  13. ^ Huff, Tom. "Draft Congressional Plan #1 - Commissioner Huff - September 13, 2011" (PDF). Washington State Redistricting Commission. Retrieved 14 Sep 2011.
  14. ^ "Congressional District 3" (PDF). Washington Redistricting Commission. Retrieved 2012-05-06.
General
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present Their final version was approved and sent to the legislature on January 1, 2012.

External linksEdit