Minnesota's 8th Congressional District
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Minnesota's 8th Congressional District

Minnesota's 8th congressional district
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Minnesota's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
Area27,583[1] sq mi (71,440 km2)
Distribution
  • 38.47[2]% urban
  • 61.53% rural
Population (2016)662,354[3]
Median income$56,055[4]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+4[5]
External image
THIS govtrack.us MAP, is a useful representation of the 8th CD's borders, based on Google Maps.

Minnesota's 8th congressional district covers the northeastern part of Minnesota. It is anchored by Duluth, the state's fifth-largest city. It also includes most of the Mesabi and Vermilion iron ranges. The district is best known for its mining, agriculture, tourism, and shipping industries.

For many decades, the district reliably voted Democratic, but in 2016, Republicans made strong gains and Donald Trump carried the district by a 15-point margin. In the 2018 midterm election, it was one of only three US Congressional districts flipped to Republican. Only St. Louis, Lake, Cook and Carlton counties in the extreme northeast of the district had margins for the Democratic party candidate.[6]

The district is represented by Republican Pete Stauber.[6][7]

List of members representing the district

Congress Representative Party Years Notes
58th
59th
60th
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James Bede
Republican March 4, 1903 -
March 3, 1909
District created
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
65th
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Clarence B. Miller
Republican March 4, 1909 -
March 3, 1919
[Data unknown/missing.]
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William Leighton Carss
Farmer-Labor March 4, 1919 -
March 3, 1921
[Data unknown/missing.]
67th
68th
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Oscar Larson
Republican March 4, 1921 -
March 3, 1925
[Data unknown/missing.]
69th
70th
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William Leighton Carss
Farmer-Labor March 4, 1925 -
March 3, 1929
[Data unknown/missing.]
71st
72nd
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William Pittenger
Republican March 4, 1929 -
March 3, 1933
[Data unknown/missing.]
73rd District inactive, all representatives elected At-large on a general ticket March 4, 1933 -
January 3, 1935
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William Pittenger
Republican January 3, 1935 -
January 3, 1937
[Data unknown/missing.]
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John Bernard
Farmer-Labor January 3, 1937 -
January 3, 1939
[Data unknown/missing.]
76th
77th
78th
79th
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William Pittenger
Republican January 3, 1939 -
January 3, 1947
[Data unknown/missing.]
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
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John Blatnik
Democratic-Farmer-Labor January 3, 1947 -
December 31, 1974
Resigned
93rd Vacant December 31, 1974 -
January 3, 1975
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
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Jim Oberstar
Democratic-Farmer-Labor January 3, 1975 -
January 3, 2011
Lost re-election.
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Chip Cravaack
Republican January 3, 2011 -
January 3, 2013
Lost re-election.
113th
114th
115th
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Rick Nolan
Democratic-Farmer-Labor January 3, 2013 -
January 3, 2019
First elected in 2012.

Retired after running for Lt. Governor in 2018

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Pete Stauber
Republican January 3, 2019 -
Present

Recent elections

Year Nominee Party Votes % Nominee Party Votes %
2002 Jim Oberstar Democratic 193,959 69.0 Bob Lemen Republican 88,423 31
2004 Jim Oberstar Democratic 228,509 65 Mark Groettum Republican 112,657 32
2006 Jim Oberstar Democratic 194,677 64 Rod Grams Republican 101,744 34
2008 Jim Oberstar Democratic 240,586 67.6 Michael Cummins Republican 114,588 32.2
2010 Jim Oberstar Democratic 129,072 46.6 Chip Cravaack Republican 133,479 48.2
2012 Rick Nolan Democratic 192,748 54.5 Chip Cravaack Republican 161,113 45.5
2014 Rick Nolan Democratic 129,089 48.5 Stewart Mills III Republican 125,357 47.1
2016 Rick Nolan Democratic 178,893 50.2 Stewart Mills III Republican 176,821 49.6
2018 Joe Radinovich Democratic 141,972 45.2 Pete Stauber Republican 159,388 50.7

Election results from statewide races

Living former Members

As of June 2019, there are two living former members. The most recent representative to die was Jim Oberstar (served 1975-2011) on May 3, 2014.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Chip Cravaack 2011-2013 (1959-01-29) January 29, 1959 (age 60)
Rick Nolan 2013-2019 (1943-12-17) December 17, 1943 (age 75)

Historical district boundaries

2003 - 2013

See also

References

  1. ^ "Minnesota congressional districts by urban and rural population and land area" (PDF). US Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2007.
  2. ^ Geography, US Census Bureau. "Congressional Districts Relationship Files (state-based)". www.census.gov.
  3. ^ Bureau, Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov.
  4. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=27&cd=08
  5. ^ "Partisan Voting Index - Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Minnesota Election Results 2018: Live Midterm Map by County & Analysis". Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Minnesota's 8th Congressional District election, 2016 - Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2016.

Coordinates: 47°15?01?N 92°57?50?W / 47.25028°N 92.96389°W / 47.25028; -92.96389


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