Washington's 7th congressional district

Washington's 7th congressional district encompasses most of Seattle and Burien and all of Vashon Island, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds, Shoreline, and Normandy Park. Since 2017, the 7th District has been represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Democrat Pramila Jayapal.

Washington's 7th congressional district
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Representative
  Pramila Jayapal
DSeattle
Population (2010)683,158
Median income$86,452[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+33[2]

The 7th is the most Democratic district in the Pacific Northwest and the most Democratic district on the West Coast outside the San Francisco Bay Area or Los Angeles. It is also the most Democratic majority-white district in the United States. Democrats dominate every level of government, and routinely win elections with well over 70% of the vote. Al Gore won the 7th in 2000 with 72% of the vote while John Kerry won 79% in 2004. Barack Obama took 84% of the vote in 2008.

Washington's seventh seat in the U.S. House was added after the 1950 census, but the state did not immediately reapportion. It was contested as a statewide at-large seat in three elections, 1952, 1954, and 1956, and voters cast ballots for two congressional seats, their district and the at-large. Democrat Donald H. Magnuson won all three at-large elections. The 1958 election was the first after the state reapportioned to seven districts; Magnuson was elected to the new district in 1958 and 1960, but lost in 1962.

The district from 2003 to 2013

Election results from presidential racesEdit

Year Office Results
1964 President Johnson 62 - 38%
1968 President Humphrey 52 - 40%
1972 President Nixon 56 - 44%
1976 President Carter 48 - 48%
1980 President Reagan 44 - 42%
1984 President Mondale 58 - 41%
1988 President Dukakis 66 - 32%
1992 President Clinton 65 - 18%
1996 President Clinton 67 - 20%
2000 President Gore 72 - 20%
2004 President Kerry 79 - 19%
2008 President Obama 84 - 15%
2012 President Obama 79 - 18%
2016 President H. Clinton 82 - 12%

List of representativesEdit

Representative Party Dates Electoral history
District created January 3, 1959
  Donald H. Magnuson Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1963
Redistricted from the at-large district and re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Lost re-election.
  K. William Stinson Republican January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1965
Elected in 1962.
Lost re-election.
  Brock Adams Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 22, 1977
Elected in 1964.
Elected in 1966.
Elected in 1968.
Elected in 1970.
Elected in 1972.
Elected in 1974.
Elected in 1976.
Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
Vacant January 22, 1977 –
May 17, 1977
  John E. Cunningham Republican May 17, 1977 –
January 3, 1979
Elected to finish Adams's term.
Lost re-election.
  Mike Lowry Democratic January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1989
Elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
  Jim McDermott Democratic January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 2017
Elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-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.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Retired.
  Pramila Jayapal Democratic January 3, 2017 –
Present
Elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.

Living former membersEdit

As of January 2019, there are two living former members. The most recent representative to die was Mike Lowry (served 1979–1989) on May 1, 2017.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
John E. Cunningham 1977–1979 (1931-03-27) March 27, 1931 (age 88)
Jim McDermott 1989–2017 (1936-12-28) December 28, 1936 (age 83)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=53&cd=07
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 47°30′N 122°24′W / 47.500°N 122.400°W / 47.500; -122.400