Michigan's 8th Congressional District
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Michigan's 8th Congressional District
Michigan's 8th congressional district
Michigan US Congressional District 8 (since 2013).tif
Michigan's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
Population (2010)705,918
Median income$71,702[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+4[2]

Michigan's 8th congressional district is a United States congressional district in Southern Michigan and Southeast Michigan, including almost all of the state capital, Lansing. From 2003 to 2013 it consisted of all of Clinton, Ingham, and Livingston counties, and included the southern portion of Shiawassee and the northern portion of Oakland counties. After the redistricting that resulted from the 2010 Census, the district was shifted south to no longer cover Clinton or Shiawassee counties and instead covers more of Oakland County, including Rochester.

The district was first created in 1873, after redistricting following the 1870 census.

The district's current representative is Democrat Elissa Slotkin, who defeated Republican incumbent Mike Bishop in November 2018.

Major cities

Voting

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2016 President Trump 51 - 44%
2012 President Romney 51 - 48%
2008 President Obama 53 - 46%
2004 President Bush 54 - 45%
2000 President Bush 51 - 47%
1996 President Clinton 49 - 40%
1992 President Clinton 40 - 36%

History

Prior to 1992, the 8th congressional district included the cities of Saginaw and Bay City as well as Huron, Tuscola and Sanilac Counties in the Thumb of Michigan, Arenac county north from Bay County, a total of about half the area of Saginaw County, and small northern portions of Lapeer and St. Clair counties.

This area would largely be transferred to the 5th district after the 1990 census, while most of the old 6th district became the 8th district. Unlike the old 6th district, the 8th did not include Pontiac. To make up for the loss in population, it was pushed further into Lansing (which had previously been split between the 6th and 8th districts), picking up all of Ingham County. It also added the area around Brighton and portions of Washtenaw and Genessee counties.

In the redistricting for the 2002 election, the district gained all of Clinton County about half of Shiawasee County and most of its area in Oakland County while losing its shares of Washtenaw and Genessee counties.

In the redistricting for the 2012 election, the district dropped all of its area in Clinton and Shiawasee counties, and was pushed further into Oakland County.

List of representatives

Representative Party Years Congress Notes
District created March 4, 1873
Nathan B. Bradley - Brady-Handy.jpg Nathan B. Bradley Republican March 4, 1873 - March 3, 1877 43rd
44th
CharlesCEllsworth.jpg Charles C. Ellsworth Republican March 4, 1877 - March 3, 1879 45th
RoswellGHorr.jpg Roswell G. Horr Republican March 4, 1879 - March 3, 1885 46th
47th
48th
Timothy E. Tarsney (Michigan Congressman).jpg Timothy E. Tarsney [3] Democratic March 4, 1885 - March 3, 1889 49th
50th
Aaron T Bliss.jpg Aaron T. Bliss Republican March 4, 1889 - March 3, 1891 51st
Henry M. Youmans (Michigan Congressman).jpg Henry M. Youmans Democratic March 4, 1891 - March 3, 1893 52nd
WilliamSLinton.jpg William S. Linton Republican March 4, 1893 - March 3, 1897 53rd
54th
Ferdinand Brucker.jpg Ferdinand Brucker [4] Democratic March 4, 1897 - March 3, 1899 55th
Joseph W. Fordney.jpg Joseph W. Fordney Republican March 4, 1899 - March 3, 1923 56th
57th
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
65th
66th
67th
BirdJVincent.jpg Bird J. Vincent [5] Republican March 4, 1923 - July 18, 1931 68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
Died
Vacant July 18, 1931 -
November 3, 1931
Michael J. Hart (Michigan Congressman).jpg Michael J. Hart [5] Democratic November 3, 1931 - January 3, 1935 72nd
73rd
Fred L. Crawford cph.3c32254.jpg Fred L. Crawford Republican January 3, 1935 - January 3, 1953 74th
75th
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
Alvin Morell Bentley.jpg Alvin M. Bentley Republican January 3, 1953 - January 3, 1961 83rd
84th
85th
86th
R. James Harvey.jpg James Harvey [6] Republican January 3, 1961 - January 31, 1974 87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
Resigned after being appointed as a judge of the US District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan
Vacant January 31, 1974 -
April 23, 1974
J Bob Traxler.png J. Bob Traxler [6] Democratic April 23, 1974 - January 3, 1993 93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
Milton Robert Carr.jpeg Bob Carr Democratic January 3, 1993 - January 3, 1995 103rd Redistricted from the 6th district
Dick Chrysler.jpg Dick Chrysler Republican January 3, 1995 - January 3, 1997 104th
Debbie Stabenow.jpg Debbie Stabenow Democratic January 3, 1997 - January 3, 2001 105th
106th
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Mike-Rogers-Head-Shot-2.jpg Mike Rogers Republican January 3, 2001 - January 3, 2015 107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
Mike Bishop official congressional photo.jpg Mike Bishop Republican January 3, 2015 - January 3, 2019 114th
115th
Lost re-election
Elissa Slotkin, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg Elissa Slotkin Democratic January 3, 2019 - Present 116th Incumbent

Living former Members

As of July 2019, there are six living former members. The most recent representative to die was R. James Harvey (served 1961-1974) on July 20, 2019.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
J. Bob Traxler 1974-1993 (1931-07-21) July 21, 1931 (age 88)
Milton Robert Carr 1993-1995 (1943-03-27) March 27, 1943 (age 76)
Dick Chrysler 1995-1997 (1942-04-29) April 29, 1942 (age 77)
Debbie Stabenow 1997-2001 (1950-04-29) April 29, 1950 (age 69)
Mike Rogers 2001-2015 (1963-06-02) June 2, 1963 (age 56)
Mike Bishop 2015-2019 (1967-03-18) March 18, 1967 (age 52)

Historical district boundaries

1993 - 2003
2003 - 2013

See also

Notes

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=26&cd=08
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index - Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Timothy E. Tarsney was elected as a fusion candidate, but was seated in Congress with the Democratic Party.
  4. ^ In 1896, Albert M. Todd and Ferdinand Brucker were elected on the Democratic Peoples Union Silver ticket, a union of elements from the Democratic Party and Populist Party. They were seated as part of the Democratic Party in Congress.
  5. ^ a b Bird J. Vincent died July 18, 1931. Michael J. Hart was elected to fill the vacancy November 3, 1931.
  6. ^ a b James Harvey resigned January 31, 1974. Bob Traxler was elected April 16, 1974, to fill vacancy.

References

Coordinates: 42°38?52?N 83°56?43?W / 42.64778°N 83.94528°W / 42.64778; -83.94528


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