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Wisconsin's 7th congressional district

Wisconsin's 7th congressional district is a congressional district of the United States House of Representatives in northwestern and central Wisconsin; it is the largest congressional district in the state geographically, covering 20 counties (in whole or part), for a total of 18,787 sq mi. The district contains the following counties: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, St. Croix, Chippewa (partial), Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Jackson (partial), Juneau (partial), Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Monroe (partial) Oneida, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas, Washburn and Wood (partial).

Wisconsin's 7th congressional district
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Wisconsin's 7th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Vacant
Area18,786.53 sq mi (48,656.9 km2)
Distribution
  • 42.04% urban
  • 57.96% rural
Population (2000)670,462
Median income$54,355[1]
Ethnicity
Occupation
Cook PVIR+8[2]

The district was recently represented by Sean Duffy, a Republican, who resigned on September 23, 2019, for family reasons.

While in 2008, the district gave 56% of the vote to Barack Obama, it has swung to the Republicans in recent presidential elections with Mitt Romney winning with 51% of the vote in 2012 and Donald Trump winning with 58% of the vote in 2016.

Agriculture is a major industry and employer in the rural 7th district.[3] This district has been a major producer of milk from cows, grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas.[4] 60% of the farmland in this district is used for crop production, another major economic stimulant.

List of members representing the districtEdit

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1873
 
Jeremiah Rusk
Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1877
43rd
44th
Redistricted from the 6th district and re-elected in 1872.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Herman L. Humphrey Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1883
45th
46th
47th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Gilbert M. Woodward Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
48th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Ormsby B. Thomas
Republican March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1891
49th
50th
51st
[Data unknown/missing.]
Frank P. Coburn Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
52nd [Data unknown/missing.]
 
George B. Shaw
Republican March 4, 1893 –
August 27, 1894
53rd [Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant August 27, 1894 –
November 5, 1894
 
Michael Griffin
Republican November 5, 1894 –
March 3, 1899
53rd
54th
55th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
John J. Esch
Republican March 4, 1899 –
March 3, 1921
56th
57th
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
65th
66th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Joseph D. Beck
Republican March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1929
67th
68th
69th
70th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Merlin Hull
Republican March 4, 1929 –
March 3, 1931
71st [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Gardner R. Withrow
Republican March 4, 1931 –
March 3, 1933
72nd [Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 3rd district.
 
Gerald J. Boileau
Republican March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
73rd
74th
75th
Redistricted from the 8th district and re-elected in 1932.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Progressive January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1939
Reid F. Murray Republican January 3, 1939 –
April 29, 1952
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant April 29, 1952 –
January 3, 1953
 
Melvin Laird
Republican January 3, 1953 –
January 21, 1969
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned when appointed US Secretary of Defense
Vacant January 21, 1969 –
April 1, 1969
 
Dave Obey
Democratic April 1, 1969 –
January, 3, 2011
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Sean Duffy
Republican January 3, 2011 –
September 23, 2019
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
Elected in 2010.
Resigned.
Vacant September 23, 2019 –
January 27, 2020
116th
TBD Starting January 27, 2020 116th To be elected January 27, 2020.

Election results from recent presidential racesEdit

Year Results
2000 Gore 48 - 47%
2004 Kerry 50 - 49%
2008 Obama 56 - 43%
2012 Romney 51 - 48%
2016 Trump 58 - 37%

Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 7th congressional districtEdit

As of September 2019, two former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 7th congressional district are alive. The most recent representative to die was Melvin Laird (served 1953-1969) on November 16, 2016.

U.S. Representative U.S. House of Representatives Term Date of birth (and age)
Dave Obey 1969–2011 (1938-10-03) October 3, 1938 (age 80)
Sean Duffy 2011–2019 (1971-10-03) October 3, 1971 (age 47)

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
2003 - 2013

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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
Specific
  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=55&cd=07
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ "The Future of Farming and Rural Life in Wisconsin: Findings, Recommendations, Steps to a Healthy Future" (PDF).
  4. ^ "2012 Congressional District Profiles" (PDF). United States Department of Agriculture - National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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