|California's 50th congressional district|
California's 50th congressional district since January 3, 2013.
California's 50th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of California, and encompasses the central and northeastern parts of San Diego County and a small part of Riverside County. It is currently represented by Republican Duncan D. Hunter.
From 2003 through 2013, California's 52nd consisted of many of San Diego's northern and eastern suburbs, including Lakeside, Poway, Ramona, La Mesa, Alpine Winter Gardens, Borrego Springs and Spring Valley. Due to redistricting after the 2010 United States Census, much of this area is now part of the 50th District.
Despite being indicted by a federal grand jury for misusing campaign funds, Hunter narrowly won re-election in 2018.
The 50th district is based in San Diego County. It includes suburban and outlying areas of the county, including Fallbrook, San Marcos, Valley Center, Ramona, Escondido, Santee, Lakeside, parts of El Cajon and mountain and desert areas stretching east to the Imperial County line. It extends slightly into southwestern Riverside County in the Temecula area.
|Election results from statewide races|
|1992||President||Clinton 48.8% - 30.0%|
|Senator||Boxer 49.8% - 39.0%|
|Senator (Special)||Feinstein 54.5% - 35.6%|
|1994||Governor||Wilson 50.6% - 44.1%|
|Senator||Feinstein 44.4% - 40.0%|
|1996||President||Clinton 59.7% - 32.3%|
|1998||Governor||Davis 63.4% - 32.1%|
|Senator||Boxer 59.0% - 36.1%|
|2000||President||Gore 59.0% - 37.2%|
|Senator||Feinstein 64.4% - 27.8%|
|2002||Governor||Simon 55.6% - 37.3%|
|2003||Recall||Yes 68.0% - 32.0%|
|Schwarzenegger 63.1% - 20.3%|
|2004||President||Bush 55.2% - 43.9%|
|Senator||Jones 48.2% - 48.1%|
|2006||Governor||Schwarzenegger 69.9% - 26.3%|
|Senator||Feinstein 50.8% - 45.2%|
|2008||President||Obama 51.3% - 47.1%|
|2010||Governor||Whitman 55.2% - 39.8%|
|Senator||Fiorina 55.2% - 39.8%|
|2012||President||Romney 60.4% - 37.6%|
|Senator||Emken 60.5% - 39.5%|
|2014||Governor||Kashkari 64.0% - 36.0%|
|2016||President||Trump 54.6% - 39.6%|
|Senator||Harris 54.9% - 45.1%|
|2018||Governor||Cox 59.1% - 40.9%|
|Senator||de León 52.1% - 47.9%|
|Democratic||January 3, 1993 -
January 3, 2003
|Elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Redistricted to the 51st district.
|Republican||January 3, 2003 -
December 1, 2005
|Redistricted from the 51st district and re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Resigned after pleading guilty to multiple felonies.
|Vacant||December 1, 2005 -|
June 13, 2006
|Republican||June 13, 2006 -
January 3, 2013
|Elected to finish Cunningham's term.|
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Redistricted to the 52nd district and lost there.
Duncan D. Hunter
|Republican||January 3, 2013 -
|Redistricted from the 52nd district and re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.
Inland San Diego
(Escondido and Santee)
|Peace and Freedom||Roger Bruce Batchelder||4,250||3.1%|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
|Democratic||Bob Filner (Incumbent)||59,214||56.7%|
|Republican||Mary Alice Acevedo||36,955||35.4%|
|Peace and Freedom||Guillermo Ramirez||3,002||2.9%|
|Democratic||Bob Filner (Incumbent)||73,200||58.9%|
|Natural Law||Earl Shepard||2,138||1.8%|
|Democratic||Bob Filner (Incumbent)||77,354||99.2%|
|Independent||Jon Parungoa (write-in)||596||0.8%|
|Republican||Petra E. Barajas (write-in)||41||0.0%|
|Democratic||Bob Filner (Incumbent)||95,191||68.3%|
|Libertarian||David A. Willoughby||3,472||2.4%|
|Natural Law||LeAnn S. Kendall||2,283||1.6%|
|Republican||Duke Cunningham (Incumbent)||111,095||64.4%|
|Democratic||Del G. Stewart||55,855||32.3%|
|Libertarian||Richard M. Fontanesi||5,751||3.3%|
|Republican||Duke Cunningham (Incumbent)||169,025||58.5%|
|Green||Gary M. Waayers||6,504||2.2%|
|American Independent||Diane Templin||4,723||1.6%|
|Libertarian||Brandon C. Osborne||3,486||1.2%|
Representative Cunningham resigned on November 28, 2005, as a result of a bribery scandal. An open special election was held on April 11, 2006. The top vote getter was Democrat Francine Busby, who won 44% of the vote. The second-place finisher was Republican Brian Bilbray, who won 15% of the vote. Paul King was the top Libertarian party vote getter, with 0.6% of the vote. Since no candidate received a simple majority, the top vote-getters in each party competed in a runoff or special general election on June 6, 2006 (the same day as the statewide California primary). Bilbray was sworn in on June 13, based on unofficial counts, two weeks before the election was certified. As a consequence of this action, a court challenge to the election results filed by voters was denied on jurisdictional grounds. This decision was appealed unsuccessfully.
|Invalid or blank votes||882||0.5%|
|Republican||Brian Bilbray (Incumbent)||118,018||53.2%|
|Peace and Freedom||Miriam E. Clark||3,353||1.5%|
|Republican||Brian Bilbray (Incumbent)||157,502||50.2%|
|Republican||Brian Bilbray (Incumbent)||142,236||56.7%|
|Libertarian||Lars B. Grossmith||5,546||2.2%|
|Peace and Freedom||Miriam E. Clark||5,470||2.1%|
|Republican||Duncan D. Hunter (Incumbent)||174,838||67.6%|
|Democratic||David B. Secor||83,455||32.4%|
|Republican||Duncan D. Hunter (Incumbent)||111,997||71.2%|
|Democratic||James H. Kimber||45,302||28.8%|
|Republican||Duncan D. Hunter (Incumbent)||179,937||63.5%|
|Republican||Duncan D. Hunter (Incumbent)||134,362||51.7%|
As of October 2019, three former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 50th congressional district were still living.
|Representative||Term in office||Date of birth (and age)|
|Bob Filner||1993-2003||September 4, 1942|
|Duke Cunningham||2003-2005||December 8, 1941|
|Brian Bilbray||2006-2013||January 28, 1951|
In the 1980s, California's 44th Congressional District was one of four encompassing San Diego. The district had been held for eight years by Democrat Jim Bates and was considered the most Democratic district in the San Diego area. However, Bates became bogged down in a scandal involving charges of sexual harassment.
Randy "Duke" Cunningham won the Republican nomination and hammered Bates about the scandal. Cunningham won by a point. The San Diego area was represented entirely by Republicans for only the second time since the city was split into three districts after the 1960 U.S. Census. After his victory, Cunningham changed his official residence from his Del Mar home to a condominium in the Mission Valley neighborhood in San Diego, so he could reside in the district that he represented in Congress.[dubious ]
In the 1980s, California's 41st congressional district was another of four encompassing San Diego. The northern San Diego County district had been held for 12 years by Republican Bill Lowery and was considered the most Republican district in the San Diego area. Most of the district became the California's 51st congressional district after state redistricting following the 1990 U.S. Census.
In 1992, Cunningham campaigned against Lowery in Lowery's district in the Republican primary. The new 51st District was more dominated by ethnic whites and was more conservative than Cunningham's more urban, former 41st District located farther south. Lowery was tainted by the House check kiting scandal and lost the primary to Cunningham. The latter, a Navy career officer, had run on a campaign theme of "A Congressman We Can Be Proud Of." After winning, Cunningham changed his official residence back to his Del Mar home in the old 41st/new 51st District.
Following the 2000 U.S. Census, most of the 51st District became California's 50th congressional district. The Republican-dominated state legislature gerrymandered the district to exclude the relatively liberal, coastal areas of La Jolla, Bird Rock, downtown La Jolla, and the University of California, San Diego areas. Those areas were moved to the more liberal California's 53rd congressional district, and Clairemont was added to the current 50th district. The more white and conservative, inland portions of La Jolla were kept within the 50th district.
On November 29, 2005, Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report declared on his show that the 50th Congressional District was "dead" to him after its insufficient support for his "friend" Duke Cunningham. Colbert placed the district on the show's ever-changing "Dead to Me" board, saying that he now considered the number of congressional districts in the United States to be 434. (The number became 433 when he retired the 22nd District of Texas for its insufficient support for Tom DeLay.) On March 1, 2006, he "downgraded" the 50th District's status from "dead to me" to "never existed to me."