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Wisconsin's 8th congressional district

Wisconsin's 8th congressional district is a congressional district of the United States House of Representatives in northeastern Wisconsin. It is currently represented by Mike Gallagher, a Republican. Gallagher won the open seat vacated by Reid Ribble in 2016. It is also one of two Congressional Districts to ever elect a Catholic Priest, Robert John Cornell.

Wisconsin's 8th congressional district
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Wisconsin's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Mike Gallagher
RGreen Bay
Area9,740.44 sq mi (25,227.6 km2)
Distribution
  • 56.04% urban
  • 43.96% rural
Population (2000)670,480
Median income$61,163[1]
Ethnicity
Occupation
Cook PVIR+7[2]

The 8th leaned Republican for many years; only four Democrats represented it in the 20th century. However, it became more of a swing seat in the 1990s. In 2004, Republican George W. Bush won 55% of the vote in the district, while in 2008, Democrat Barack Obama received 53.6% of the vote. The last Democrat to represent the district was Steve Kagen from 2007 to 2011. Since Kagen lost in the 2010 election, the seat has been held by Republicans, who have consistently won it by double digit percent margins in each election to the seat since 2012.

Since the 1970s, the district has encompassed the northeastern part of Wisconsin, including cities such as Green Bay and Appleton, the peninsula of Door County, and (until redistricting following the 2010 census) most of the state’s counties bordering Michigan.

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Presidential Voting ResultsEdit

Year Office Results
2000 President Bush 52 - 43%
2004 President Bush 55 - 44%
2008 President Obama 53 - 45%
2012 President Romney 51 - 48%
2016 President Trump 56 - 39%

List of members representing the districtEdit

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1873
Alexander S. McDill Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
43rd [Data unknown/missing.]
 
George W. Cate
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
44th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Thaddeus C. Pound
Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1883
45th
46th
47th
[Data unknown/missing.]
William T. Price Republican March 4, 1883 –
December 6, 1886
48th
49th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant December 6, 1886 –
January 18, 1887
Hugh H. Price Republican January 18, 1887 –
March 3, 1887
49th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Nils P. Haugen
Republican March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1893
50th
51st
52nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 10th district.
 
Lyman E. Barnes
Democratic March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1895
53rd [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Edward S. Minor
Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1903
54th
55th
56th
57th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 9th district.
 
James H. Davidson
Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1913
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
Redistricted from the 6th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Edward E. Browne
Republican March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1931
63rd
64th
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Gerald J. Boileau
Republican March 4, 1931 –
March 3, 1933
72nd [Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 7th district.
James F. Hughes Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
73rd [Data unknown/missing.]
 
George J. Schneider
Progressive January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1939
74th
75th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Joshua L. Johns
Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1943
76th
77th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lavern Dilweg Democratic January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1945
78th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
John W. Byrnes
Republican January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1973
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Harold Vernon Froehlich
Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1975
93rd [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Robert John Cornell
Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1979
94th
95th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Toby Roth
Republican January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1997
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Jay W. Johnson
Democratic January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 1999
105th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Mark Green
Republican January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2007
106th
107th
108th
109th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Steve Kagen
Democratic January 3, 2007 –
January 3, 2011
110th
111th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Reid Ribble
Republican January 3, 2011 –
January 3, 2017
112th
113th
114th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Mike Gallagher
Republican January 3, 2017 –
present
115th
116th
[Data unknown/missing.]

On January 30, 2016, Reid Ribble announced he would retire at the end of his third term, opening the seat for the 2016 election.[3]

Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 8th congressional districtEdit

As of February 2017, five former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 8th congressional district are alive. the most recent representative to die was Jay W. Johnson (served 1997-1999) on October 17, 2009.

U.S. Representative U.S. House of Representatives Term Date of birth (and age)
Harold Vernon Froehlich 1973–1975 (1932-05-12) May 12, 1932 (age 87)
Toby Roth 1979–1987 (1938-10-10) October 10, 1938 (age 80)
Mark A. Green 1999–2007 (1960-06-01) June 1, 1960 (age 59)
Steve Kagen 2007–2011 (1949-12-12) December 12, 1949 (age 69)
Reid Ribble 2011–2017 (1956-04-05) April 5, 1956 (age 63)

Recent election resultsEdit

2006Edit

Wisconsin's 8th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steve Kagen 141,570 50.90
Republican John Gard 135,622 48.76
Write-ins 943 0.34
Total votes 278,135 100.00
Democratic gain from Republican

2008Edit

Wisconsin's 8th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steve Kagen (Incumbent) 193,662 54.00
Republican John Gard 164,621 45.90
Write-ins 364 0.10
Total votes 358,647 100.00
Democratic hold

2010Edit

Wisconsin's 8th congressional district election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Reid Ribble 143,998 54.77
Democratic Steve Kagen (Incumbent) 118,646 45.12
Write-ins 294 0.11
Total votes 262,938 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic

2012Edit

Wisconsin 8th Congressional District 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Reid Ribble (Incumbent) 198,874 55.95
Democratic Jamie Wall 156,287 43.97
none Scattering 303 0.09
Total votes 355,464 100.0

2014Edit

Wisconsin's 8th congressional district, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Reid Ribble (Incumbent) 188,553 65.0
Democratic Ron Gruett 101,345 34.9
n/a Write-ins 150 0.1
Total votes 290,048 100.0
Republican hold

2016Edit

Wisconsin's 8th congressional district, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Gallagher 227,892 62.6
Democratic Tom Nelson 135,682 37.3
Green Wendy Gribben (write-in) 16 0.0
Democratic Jerry Kobishop (write-in) 2 0.0
n/a Write-ins 188 0.1
Total votes 363,280 100.0
Republican hold

2018Edit

Wisconsin's 8th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Gallagher (Incumbent) 209,410 63.7
Democratic Beau Liegeois 119,265 36.3
n/a Write-ins 99 0.0
Total votes 328,774 100.0
Republican hold

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
2003 - 2013

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=55&cd=08
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ McCardle, Elery (30 January 2016). "U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble not seeking re-election". WBAY-TV, Green Bay, Wisconsin. Retrieved 31 January 2016.

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