|Nevada's 2nd congressional district|
Nevada's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
|Population (2016 est.)||713,779|
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. A possible second district based on the 2017 population estimates would cover all of the state outside Clark and Nye counties, but 248 residents. Population projections indicates that after the 2020 census the district can encompass all of the state outside Clark and Nye.
The 2nd district has always leaned Republican. 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.
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. 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.
Election results from presidential races
|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%|
|Republican||January 3, 1983 -
January 3, 1997
|Elected in 1982.|
Re-elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
|Republican||January 3, 1997 -
December 31, 2006
|Elected in 1996.|
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Retired to run for Governor of Nevada, then resigned early to become Governor of Nevada.
|Vacant||December 31, 2006 -
January 3, 2007
|Republican||January 3, 2007 -
May 9, 2011
|Elected in 2006.|
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Resigned when appointed U.S. senator.
|Vacant||May 9, 2011 -
September 13, 2011
|Republican||September 13, 2011 -
|Elected to finish Heller's term.|
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.
Re-elected in 2020.
|Republican win (new seat)|
|Republican||Barbara Vucanovich (Incumbent)||99,775||71.21|
|Republican||Barbara Vucanovich (Incumbent)||83,479||58.41|
|Republican||Barbara Vucanovich (Incumbent)||105,981||57.26|
|Republican||Barbara Vucanovich (Incumbent)||103,508||59.08|
|Republican||Barbara Vucanovich (Incumbent)||129,575||47.91|
|Daniel M. Hansen||13,285||4.91|
|Republican||Barbara Vucanovich (Incumbent)||142,202||63.50|
|Thomas F. Jefferson||9,615||4.29|
|Natural Law||Lois Avery||6,725||3.00|
|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|
|Republican||Jim Gibbons (Incumbent)||201,623||81.05|
|Libertarian||Louis R. Tomburello||18,561||7.46|
|Natural Law||Robert W. Winquist||7,841||3.15|
|Republican||Jim Gibbons (Incumbent)||229,608||64.50|
|Daniel M. Hansen||5,582||1.57|
|Green||A. Charles Laws||5,547||1.56|
|Citizens First||Ken Brenneman||2,367||0.66|
|Natural Law||Robert W. Winquist||1,143||0.32|
|Republican||Jim Gibbons (Incumbent)||149,574||74.34|
|Democratic||Travis O. Souza||40,189||19.97|
|Natural Law||Robert W. Winquist||784||0.39|
|Republican||Jim Gibbons (Incumbent)||195,466||67.15|
|Democratic||Angie G. Cochran||79,978||27.48|
|James C. Kroshus||5,439||2.34|
|Republican||Dean Heller (Incumbent)||170,771||51.82|
|Libertarian||Sean Patrick Morse||5,740||1.74|
|Republican||Dean Heller (Incumbent)||169,458||63.30|
|Republican||Mark Amodei (Incumbent)||162,213||57.63|
|Republican||Mark Amodei (Incumbent)||122,402||65.73|
|Republican||Mark Amodei (Incumbent)||182,676||58.30|
|Democratic||H.D. "Chip" Evans||115,722||36.93|
|John H. Everhart||8,693||2.77|
|Republican||Mark Amodei (Incumbent)||167,435||58.2|