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Nevada's 2nd Congressional District

Nevada's 2nd congressional district
Nevada US Congressional District 2 (since 2013).tif
Nevada's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
Population (2016 est.)713,779
Median income$61,225[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+7[2]

Nevada's 2nd congressional district is a congressional district that includes the northern third of the state. It includes most of Lyon County, all of Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Pershing, Storey, and Washoe counties, as well as the state capital, Carson City. The largest city in the district is Reno, the state's third largest city. Although the district appears rural, its politics are dominated by Reno and Carson City. As of 2017, over 460,000 people reside in Washoe County alone, totaling about two-thirds of the district's population.

The district was initially created after the 1980 Census, when Nevada was split into districts for the first time. From then until 2013, it occupied all of the state outside of Clark County. From 1993 to 2013, it also included the far northern portion of Clark County. Until 2013, it was the third-largest congressional district by land area that did not cover an entire state. Even though it lost much of its southern portion to the new 4th District after the 2010 census, it is still the fifth-largest district in the nation that does not cover an entire state.

Population estimates indicate that the district will be expanded after the 2020 Census. As of 2015 the district is underpopulated by 15,000.[3] A possible second district based on the 2017 population estimates would cover all of the state outside Clark and Nye counties, but 248 residents.[4] Population projections indicates that after the 2020 census the district can encompass all of the state outside Clark and Nye.[5]

Historically, the 2nd has had a heavy Republican lean. It has been represented by only four people since its creation, all Republicans. Democrats have only made four serious bids for the seat. In presidential elections, the district has historically voted Republican; George W. Bush won the district by 20 points in 2000 and 16 points in 2004. However, in the 2008 election John McCain earned only 88 votes more (out of 335,720 votes) than Barack Obama in the district.

Former state Senator Mark Amodei has held the seat since 2011 after he won the special election to replace Dean Heller, who was appointed to the United States Senate following the resignation of John Ensign.

2011 special election

On April 21, 2011, U.S. Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.), plagued by scandal and facing an inquiry by the Senate Ethics Committee, announced his resignation effective May 3.[6] On April 27, Governor Brian Sandoval announced he would appoint Dean Heller, the 2nd district's third-term congressman, to fill out Ensign's term in the Senate. Heller had already planned to run for the seat after Ensign announced a month earlier that he would not run for a third term. To fill the vacancy created by Heller's resignation on May 9, Sandoval was required to call a special election to be held within six months of the occurrence of the vacancy.[7]

A special election was held on September 13, 2011. Former Republican state senator Mark Amodei defeated Democratic State Treasurer Kate Marshall.[8]

Voting

Election results from presidential races[9]

Year Office Result
1984 President Reagan 69 - 29%
1988 President Bush 62 - 35%
1992 President Bush 38 - 33%
1996 President Dole 47 - 39%
2000 President Bush 57 - 37%
2004 President Bush 57 - 41%
2008 President McCain 49 - 49%
2012 President Romney 53 - 45%
2016 President Trump 52 - 40%

List of representatives

Representative Party Years Congress District Home Electoral history
Barbara vucanovich.jpg Barbara Vucanovich Republican January 3, 1983 -
January 3, 1997
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
Reno First elected in 1982

Retired
Jimgibbons.jpg Jim Gibbons Republican January 3, 1997 -
December 31, 2006
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
Reno First elected in 1996

Retired to run for Governor of Nevada,
then resigned early to become Governor
Vacant December 31, 2006 -
January 3, 2007
Dean Heller, Official Portrait, 112th Congress (Rep).jpg Dean Heller Republican January 3, 2007 -
May 9, 2011
110th
111th
112th
Carson City First elected in 2006

Resigned when appointed to U.S. Senate
Vacant May 9, 2011 -
September 13, 2011
Mark Amodei official photo (cropped).jpg Mark Amodei Republican September 13, 2011 -
present
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
Carson City First elected to finish Heller's term

Election results

1982

United States House of Representatives elections, 1982[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Barbara Vucanovich 70,188 55.49
Democratic Mary Gojack 52,265 41.32
Libertarian Teresa Vuceta 4,043 3.20
Total votes 126,496 100.0
Republican win (new seat)

1984

United States House of Representatives elections, 1984[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Barbara Vucanovich (incumbent) 99,775 71.21
Democratic Andrew Barbano 36,130 25.79
Libertarian Dan Becan 4,201 3.00
Total votes 140,106 100.0
Republican hold

1986

United States House of Representatives elections, 1986[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Barbara Vucanovich (incumbent) 83,479 58.41
Democratic Pete Sferrazza 59,433 41.59
Total votes 142,912 100.0
Republican hold

1988

United States House of Representatives elections, 1988[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Barbara Vucanovich (incumbent) 105,981 57.26
Democratic Jim Spoo 75,163 40.61
Libertarian Kent Cromwell 3,953 2.14
Total votes 185,097 100.0
Republican hold

1990

United States House of Representatives elections, 1990[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Barbara Vucanovich (incumbent) 103,508 59.08
Democratic Jane Wisdom 59,581 34.01
Libertarian Dan Becan 12,120 6.92
Total votes 175,209 100.0
Republican hold

1992

United States House of Representatives elections, 1992[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Barbara Vucanovich (incumbent) 129,575 47.91
Democratic Pete Sferrazza 117,199 43.33
Daniel M. Hansen 13,285 4.91
Libertarian Dan Becan 7,552 2.79
Populist Don Golden 2,850 1.05
Total votes 270,461 100.0
Republican hold

1994

United States House of Representatives elections, 1994[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Barbara Vucanovich (incumbent) 142,202 63.50
Democratic Janet Greeson 65,390 29.20
Thomas F. Jefferson 9,615 4.29
Natural Law Lois Avery 6,725 3.00
Total votes 223,932 100.0
Republican hold

1996

United States House of Representatives elections, 1996[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Gibbons 162,310 58.56
Democratic Thomas "Spike" Wilson 97,942 35.26
Daniel M. Hansen 8,780 3.17
Natural Law Lois Avery 4,628 1.67
Libertarian Louis R. Tomburello 3,732 1.35
Total votes 277,192 100.0
Republican hold

1998

United States House of Representatives elections, 1998[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Gibbons (incumbent) 201,623 81.05
Christopher Horne 20,738 8.34
Libertarian Louis R. Tomburello 18,561 7.46
Natural Law Robert W. Winquist 7,841 3.15
Total votes 248,763 100.0
Republican hold

2000

United States House of Representatives elections, 2000[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Gibbons (incumbent) 229,608 64.50
Democratic Tierney Cahill 106,379 29.88
Daniel M. Hansen 5,582 1.57
Green A. Charles Laws 5,547 1.56
Libertarian Terry Savage 5,343 1.50
Citizens First Ken Brenneman 2,367 0.66
Natural Law Robert W. Winquist 1,143 0.32
Total votes 355,969 100.0
Republican hold

2002

United States House of Representatives elections, 2002[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Gibbons (incumbent) 149,574 74.34
Democratic Travis O. Souza 40,189 19.97
Janine Hansen 7,240 3.60
Libertarian Brendan Trainor 3,413 1.70
Natural Law Robert W. Winquist 784 0.39
Total votes 201,200 100.0
Republican hold

2004

United States House of Representatives elections, 2004[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Gibbons (incumbent) 195,466 67.15
Democratic Angie G. Cochran 79,978 27.48
Janine Hansen 10,638 3.65
Libertarian Brendan Trainor 4,997 1.72
Total votes 291,079 100.0
Republican hold

2006

United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dean Heller 117,168 50.35
Democratic Jill Derby 104,593 44.94
Independent Daniel Rosen 5,524 2.37
James C. Kroshus 5,439 2.34
Total votes 232,724 100.0
Republican hold

2008

United States House of Representatives elections, 2008[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dean Heller (incumbent) 170,771 51.82
Democratic Jill Derby 136,548 41.44
John Everhart 11,179 3.39
Libertarian Sean Patrick Morse 5,740 1.74
Green Craig Bergland 5,282 1.60
Total votes 329,520 100.0
Republican hold

2010

United States House of Representatives elections, 2010[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dean Heller (incumbent) 169,458 63.30
Democratic Nancy Price 87,421 32.66
Russell Best 10,829 4.05
Total votes 267,708 100.0
Republican hold

2011 (special)

Nevada's 2nd congressional district special election, 2011[25]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Amodei 75,180 57.92
Democratic Kate Marshall 46,818 36.07
Independent Helmuth Lehmann 5,372 4.14
Timothy Fasano 2,421 1.87
Total votes 129,791
Republican hold

2012

United States House of Representatives elections, 2012[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Amodei (incumbent) 162,213 57.63
Democratic Samuel Koepnick 102,019 36.25
Russell Best 6,051 2.15
Independent Michael Haines 11,166 3.97
Total votes 281,499 100.0
Republican hold

2014

United States House of Representatives elections, 2014[27]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Amodei (incumbent) 122,402 65.73
Democratic Kristen Spees 52,016 27.93
Janine Hansen 11,792 6.33
Total votes 186,210 100.0
Republican hold

2016

United States House of Representatives elections, 2016[28]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Amodei (incumbent) 182,676 58.30
Democratic H.D. "Chip" Evans 115,722 36.93
John H. Everhart 8,693 2.77
Independent Drew Knight 6,245 1.99
Total votes 313,336 100.0
Republican hold

2018

United States House of Representatives elections, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Amodei (incumbent) 167,435 58.2
Democratic Clint Koble 120,102 41.8
Total votes 287,537 100.0
Republican hold

Living former Members

As of January 2019, there are two living former members. The most recent representative to die was Barbara Vucanovich (served 1983-1997) on June 10, 2013.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Jim Gibbons 1997-2006 (1944-12-16) December 16, 1944 (age 74)
Dean Heller 2007-2011 (1960-05-10) May 10, 1960 (age 59)

Historical district boundaries

2003 - 2013

See also

References

  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774-present

Notes

  1. ^ "My Congressional District".
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index - Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ [1] CD 2: 706,464 Average district: 722,711
  4. ^ QuickFacts from Census https://www.census.gov
  5. ^ "March_2017_Five_Year_Projections" (PDF). Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ Demirjian, Karoun (April 21, 2011). "Sen. John Ensign to resign, Dean Heller likely replacement". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ Damon, Anjeanette; Demirjian, Karoun (April 28, 2011). "Dean Heller in U.S. Senate shifts landscape in state politics". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ http://www.chron.com/news/article/Republicans-keep-northern-Nevada-House-seat-2169620.php. Retrieved 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  9. ^ Presidential Election Results, by district, swingstateproject.com
  10. ^ "1982 Election Results" (PDF). Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "1984 Election Results" (PDF). Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "1986 Election Results" (PDF). Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "1988 Election Results" (PDF). Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "1990 Election Results" (PDF). Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ 1992 Election Results
  16. ^ "1994 Election Results" (PDF). Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ 1996 Election Results
  18. ^ "1998 Election Results" (PDF). Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ "2000 Election Results" (PDF). Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ "2002 Election Results" (PDF). Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ "2004 Election Results" (PDF). Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ "2006 Election Results" (PDF). Retrieved 2018.
  23. ^ "2008 Election Results" (PDF). Retrieved 2018.
  24. ^ "Congressional results". www.nvsos.gov. Retrieved 2018.
  25. ^ "2011 Official Special Election Results September 13, 2011". Nevada Secretary of State. Retrieved 2019.
  26. ^ "2012 Official Statewide General Election Coverage and Reports". www.nvsos.gov. Retrieved 2018.
  27. ^ "Silver State Election Night Results - 2014". Nevada Secretary of State. Retrieved 2017.
  28. ^ "Silver State Election Night Results - 2016". Nevada Secretary of State. Retrieved 2017.

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