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Kansas's 1st Congressional District
Kansas's 1st congressional district
Kansas US Congressional District 1 (since 2013).tif
Kansas's 1st congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Population (2010)725,222[1]
Median income$49,380[2]
Cook PVIR+24[3]

Kansas's 1st congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Kansas. Commonly known as "The Big First", the district encompasses all or part of 63 counties in western and northern Kansas (more than half of the state), making it the seventh-largest district in the nation that does not cover an entire state.

Located within the district are Manhattan, Salina, Dodge City, Emporia, Garden City, Hays and Hutchinson. From 2011 to 2017, the district was represented by Republican Tim Huelskamp who was originally elected in 2010 to succeed fellow Republican Jerry Moran who ran successfully for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Sam Brownback. Huelskamp was re-elected twice in 2012 and 2014, but lost the 2016 Republican primary for a fourth term to obstetrician Roger Marshall.[4]

A characteristically rural district, the 1st congressional district is one of the most Republican districts in the nation, having a Cook PVI rating of R+24. Republicans dominate every level of government, often winning by often over 70 percent of the vote on the occasions they face any opposition at all. Since assuming its present configuration in 1963, it has never elected a Democrat. In general, Riley County is the only county in the district that will vote Democratic, due to sizable presence of Kansas State University. It covers two time zones (it includes all of Kansas' share of the Mountain Time Zone) and parts of three television markets (Topeka and Wichita, as well as Lincoln, Nebraska), it is extremely difficult to campaign in and has few unifying influences.[] Possibly due to its size, its congressman is often a statewide political figure, with a very good chance of winning statewide office in the future. Three of the district's former congressmen were later elected to the U.S. Senate: Bob Dole, Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran.

The district typically gives its congressmen very long tenures in Washington. From the time it assumed its present configuration in 1963 until 2011, it was held by just four members: Bob Dole, Keith Sebelius, Roberts and Moran.


Kansas had a single representative in the U.S. House of Representatives until after the 1870 U.S. Census, which showed that the state was entitled to three members of the lower branch of the national legislature. In 1872 three representatives-at-large were elected, but by the act of March 2, 1874, the legislature divided the state into three districts. The 1st congressional district was composed of the counties of Leavenworth, Doniphan, Brown, Nemaha, Marshall, Washington, Republic, Jewell, Smith, Phillips, Norton, Graham, Rooks, Osborne, Mitchell, Cloud, Clay, Ottawa, Ellis, Ellsworth, Russell, Saline, Dickinson, Lincoln, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Atchison, Davis (Geary), "and all that territory lying north of the second standard parallel."

No changes were made in until after the 1880 U.S. census, which gave the state seven representatives. On March 5, 1883, Governor George Washington Glick approved an act of the legislature which reduced the 1st congressional district to only include the counties of Nemaha, Brown, Doniphan, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Atchison, Jefferson and Leavenworth. The apportionment was amended by the act of March 13, 1897, which placed Shawnee County in the 1st congressional district and Pottawatomie County in the 4th congressional district.

Although the 1890 U.S. Census showed the population of Kansas to be large enough to entitle the state to eight representatives, no additional district was created until 1905. By the act of March 9, 1905, the state was divided into eight districts with the 1st congressional district being composed of the counties of Nemaha, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Atchison, Jefferson, Leavenworth and Shawnee.[5]

The district's current configuration dates from the 1960 U.S. Census, when Kansas was reduced from six districts to five. The old 2nd congressional district was eliminated, and most of its territory was merged with the old 6th congressional district--represented by Bob Dole--to form the new 1st district. It has remained more or less the same since then, and has been considerably enlarged due to the state's population shifts to the eastern side of the state bordering Missouri.

The state's current districting dates from the 1990 U.S. Census, when Kansas was reduced from five districts to four. The current borders were established in 2012 by a panel of three federal judges, after the Kansas Legislature failed to pass new district maps.[6]


2000 census demographics

Following redistricting after the U.S. Census in 2000,[7] there were 672,091 people, 260,490 households, and 177,858 families residing in the district. The population density was 11.7/mi² over a land area of 57,373 square miles (roughly the same size as the state of Illinois). There were 292,436 housing units at an average density of 5.1/mi². The racial makeup of the district is 89.02% White, 2.14% Black or African American, 0.95% Asian, 0.52% Native American, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 5.62% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.85% of the population.

There were 260,490 households, out of which 34.52% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.30% were married couples living together, 7.65% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.72% were non-families. 27.58% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.75% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the district the population distribution by age was 26.46% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 26.27% from 25 to 44, 21.41% from 45 to 64, and 16.36% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.9 years. For every 100 females there were 98.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.80 males.

The median income for a household in the district is $34,869, and the median income for a family was $42,292. Males had a median income of $29,662 versus $20,851 for females. The per capita income for the district was $17,255. About 7.8% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.4% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.

Among the population aged 16 years and older, 65.1% was in the civilian labor force and 0.4% were in the armed forces. Of the employed civilian workers, 16.3% were government workers and 11.4% were self-employed. Management, professional, and related occupations employed 29.4% of the work force and sales and office occupations an additional 23.4%. Only 2.7% were employed in farming, fishing, and forestry occupations. The largest employment by industry was: educational, health and social services, 22.7%; manufacturing, 13.8%; retail trade, 11.7%; and agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining, 10.1%.

List of members representing the district

Member Party Years Cong
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1875
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William A. Phillips
Republican March 4, 1875 -
March 3, 1879
Redistricted from the At-large district.
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John A. Anderson
Republican March 4, 1879 -
March 3, 1885
[data unknown/missing]
Redistricted to the 5th district.
Edmund N. Morrill
Republican March 4, 1885 -
March 3, 1891
Redistricted from the at-large district.
[data unknown/missing]
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Case Broderick
Republican March 4, 1891 -
March 3, 1899
[data unknown/missing]
Lost renomination.
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Charles Curtis
Republican March 4, 1899 -
January 28, 1907
Redistricted from the 4th district.
Resigned when elected U.S. Senator.
Daniel R. Anthony Jr.
Republican May 23, 1907 -
March 3, 1929
[data unknown/missing]
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William Lambertson
Republican March 4, 1929 -
January 3, 1945
[data unknown/missing]
Lost renomination.
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Albert M. Cole
Republican January 3, 1945 -
January 3, 1953
[data unknown/missing]
Lost re-election.
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Howard S. Miller
Democratic January 3, 1953 -
January 3, 1955
83rd [data unknown/missing]
Lost re-election.
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William H. Avery
Republican January 3, 1955 -
January 3, 1963
[data unknown/missing]
Redistricted to the 2nd district.
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Bob Dole
Republican January 3, 1963 -
January 3, 1969
Redistricted from the 6th district.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
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Keith Sebelius
Republican January 3, 1969 -
January 3, 1981
[data unknown/missing]
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Pat Roberts
Republican January 3, 1981 -
January 3, 1997
[data unknown/missing]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
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Jerry Moran
Republican January 3, 1997 -
January 3, 2011
[data unknown/missing]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
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Tim Huelskamp
Republican January 3, 2011 -
January 3, 2017
[data unknown/missing]
Lost renomination.
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Roger Marshall
Republican January 3, 2017 -
Elected in 2016.

Election results from presidential races

Year Office Results
2000 President George W. Bush 67 - Al Gore 29%
2004 George W. Bush 72 - John Kerry 26%
2008 John McCain 69 - Barack Obama 30%
2012 Mitt Romney 70 - Barack Obama 28%
2016 Donald Trump 69 - Hillary Clinton 24%

Recent election results


Kansas's 1st congressional district election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jerry Moran* 186,850 91.10
Libertarian Jack Warner 18,250 8.90
Total votes 205,100 100.00
Republican hold


Kansas's 1st congressional district election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jerry Moran* 239,776 90.72
Libertarian Jack Warner 24,517 9.28
Total votes 264,293 100.00
Republican hold


Kansas's 1st congressional district election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jerry Moran* 153,298 78.65
Democratic John Doll 38,820 19.92
Reform Sylvester Cain 2,792 1.43
Total votes 194,910 100.00
Republican hold


Kansas's 1st congressional district election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jerry Moran* 214,549 81.88
Democratic James Bordonaro 34,771 13.27
Reform Kathleen Burton 7,145 2.73
Libertarian Jack Warner 5,562 2.12
Total votes 262,027 100.00
Republican hold


Kansas's 1st congressional district election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tim Huelskamp 142,281 73.76
Democratic Alan Jilka 44,068 22.85
Libertarian Jack Warner 6,537 3.39
Total votes 192,886 100.00
Republican hold


Kansas's 1st congressional district election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tim Huelskamp (incumbent) 211,337 100
Total votes 211,337 100
Republican hold


Kansas's 1st congressional district election (2014)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tim Huelskamp (incumbent) 138,764 67.97
Democratic James Sherow 65,397 32.03
Total votes 204,161 100
Republican hold


Kansas's 1st congressional district election (2016)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Roger Marshall 166,051 66.24%
Independent Alan LaPolice 66,218 26.41%
Libertarian Kerry Burt 18,415 7.35%
Total votes 250,684 100%
Republican hold


Kansas's 1st congressional district election (2018)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Roger Marshall (incumbent) 153,082 68.1
Democratic Alan LaPolice 71,558 31.9
Total votes 224,640 100.0
Republican hold

Historical district boundaries


See also


  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/fastfacts/
  2. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=20&cd=01
  3. ^ "Partisan Voting Index - Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Chokshi, Niraj; Mele, Christopher (August 3, 2016). "Tim Huelskamp, Anti-Establishment House Republican, Loses Primary in Kansas". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ Frank W. Blackmar, ed. (1912). "Congressional Districts". Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc ... I. Chicago: Standard Pub Co. pp. 400-401. Archived from the original on 2006-10-10. Retrieved .
  6. ^ http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/jun/08/lawrence-placed-entirely-2nd-district-under-congre/
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved .
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774-present

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