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Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District
Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district
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Boundaries since January 2019; below statistics, except PVI, apply to old boundaries
Representative
Distribution
  • 90.73% urban
  • 9.27% rural
Population (2000)646,403
Median income59,207
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+1[1]

Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district is located in the northeastern region of the state. It encompasses all of Wayne County, Pike County, and Lackawanna County, along with portions of Luzerne County and Monroe County.

The district was primarily based in Bucks County from the 1940s until 2018, even as most other districts in Pennsylvania changed drastically during that time frame due to population shifts and Pennsylvania's loss of seats in the House. [2]

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania redrew the district in February 2018 after ruling the previous map unconstitutional due to gerrymandering. The 8th district was reassigned to the northeastern part of the state for the 2018 elections and representation thereafter. Parts of the new 8th come from the old 17th district, including the ancestrally Democratic cities of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre in the Wyoming Valley, and other parts come from the old 10th district, including the more conservative counties of Pike and Wayne.[3] The district is rated slightly Republican with a Cook PVI of R+1; however, the Democratic incumbent of the old 17th district, Matthew Cartwright, won in 2018.[4]

District characteristics

The district is a mix of suburban and rural communities. It is predominantly white and middle class. The bulk of its population is located in the ancestrally Democratic cities of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. However, the Democrats in this district are not as liberal as their counterparts in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The old 17th swung from a 55-43 win for Barack Obama to a 54-43 win for Donald Trump--the first time much of this area had voted for a Republican since 1988.

Election results

US House election, 2004: Pennsylvania District 8
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Fitzpatrick 183,229 55 -9
Democratic Virginia Schrader 143,427 44 +7
Libertarian Arthur L. Farnsworth 3,710 1 +1
Constitution Erich Lukas 898 0.3 +0.3
Turnout 331,264
US House election, 2006: Pennsylvania District 8
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Patrick Murphy 125,667 50 +6
Republican Mike Fitzpatrick 124,146 50 -5
Turnout 249,813
US House election, 2008: Pennsylvania District 8
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Patrick Murphy 197,869 57 +7
Republican Tom Manion 145,103 42 -8
Independent Tom Lingenfelter 5,543 2
Turnout 348,515
US House election, 2010: Pennsylvania District 8
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Fitzpatrick 126,404 54 +12
Democratic Patrick Murphy 109,157 46 -11
Turnout 235,561
US House election, 2012: Pennsylvania District 8[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Fitzpatrick 199,379 56.6 +2.6
Democratic Kathy Boockvar 152,859 43.4 -2.6
Turnout 352,238
US House election, 2014: Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Fitzpatrick (Incumbent) 137,731 61.90
Democratic Kevin Strouse 84,767 38.10
Turnout 222,498

List of members representing the district

The district was created in 1791.

1791-1793: One seat

Representative Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
William Findley.jpg
William Findley
Anti-Administration March 4, 1791 -
March 3, 1793
2nd Elected in 1791.
Redistricted to the at-large district.

District eliminated in 1793 and replaced by the at-large district.

1795-1813: One seat

District restored in 1795.

Representative Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
Thomas Hartley 1748-1800.png
Thomas Hartley
Federalist March 4, 1795 -
December 21, 1800
4th
5th
6th
Redistricted from the at-large district and re-elected in 1794.
Re-elected in 1796.
Re-elected in 1798.
Retired and then died.
Vacant December 21, 1800 -
January 15, 1801
John Stewart Democratic-Republican January 15, 1801 -
March 3, 1803
6th
7th
Elected in 1800.
Elected January 15, 1801 to finish Hartley's term and seated February 3, 1801.
Redistricted to the 6th district.
William Findley.jpg
William Findley
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 -
March 3, 1813
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Elected in 1802.
Re-elected in 1804.
Re-elected in 1806.
Re-elected in 1808.
Re-elected in 1810.
Redistricted to the 11th district.
William Piper Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 -
March 3, 1817
13th
14th
Redistricted from the 7th district and re-elected in 1812.
Re-elected in 1814.
Retired.
Alexander Ogle Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 -
March 3, 1819
15th Elected in 1816.
Retired.
Robert Philson Democratic-Republican March 4, 1819 -
March 3, 1821
16th Elected in 1818.
Lost re-election as a Federalist.
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John Tod
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1821 -
March 3, 1823
17th Elected in 1820.
Redistricted to the 13th district.

1823-1833: Two seats

Years Cong
ress
Seat A Seat B
Representative Party Electoral history Representative Party Electoral history
March 4, 1823 -
April 20, 1824
18th Thomas Jones Rogers Jackson Democratic-Republican Redistricted from the 6th district and re-elected in 1822.
Resigned.
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Samuel D. Ingham
Jackson Democratic-Republican Redistricted from the 6th district and re-elected in 1822.
Re-elected in 1824.
Re-elected in 1826.
Re-elected in 1828 but resigned to become U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
April 20, 1824 -
December 9, 1824
Vacant
December 9, 1824 -
March 3, 1825
George Wolf.jpg
George Wolf
Jackson Democratic-Republican Elected October 12, 1824 to finish Rogers's term and seated December 9, 1824.
Also elected the same day in 1824 to the next term.
Re-elected in 1826.
Re-elected in 1828 but resigned to become Governor of Pennsylvania.
March 4, 1825 -
March 3, 1829
19th
20th
Jacksonian Jacksonian
March 4, 1829 -
October 13, 1829
21st Vacant   Vacant  
October 13, 1829 -
March 3, 1833
21st
22nd
Samuel A. Smith Jacksonian Elected October 13, 1829 to finish Wolf's term and seated December 7, 1829.
Re-elected in 1830.
Retired.
Peter Ihrie Jr. Jacksonian Elected October 13, 1829 to finish Ingham's term and seated December 7, 1829.
Re-elected in 1830.
Redistricted to the 7th district and lost re-election.

1833-present: One seat

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history District location
Henry King Jacksonian March 4, 1833 -
March 3, 1835
23rd Redistricted from the 7th district and re-elected in 1832.
Retired.
1833-1843
[Data unknown/missing.]
Edward Burd Hubley Jacksonian March 4, 1835 -
March 3, 1837
24th
25th
Elected in 1834.
Re-elected in 1836.
Retired.
Democratic March 4, 1837 -
March 3, 1839
Peter Newhard Democratic March 4, 1839 -
March 3, 1843
26th
27th
Elected in 1838.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
Jeremiah Brown Whig March 4, 1843 -
March 3, 1845
28th Redistricted from the 4th district.
Retired.
1843-1853
[Data unknown/missing.]
John Strohm Whig March 4, 1845 -
March 3, 1849
29th
30th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Thaddeus Stevens -c1863.jpg
Thaddeus Stevens
Whig March 4, 1849 -
March 3, 1853
31st
32nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Henry A. Muhlenberg Democratic March 4, 1853 -
January 9, 1854
33rd [Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
1853-1863
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant January 9, 1854 -
February 4, 1854
J. Glancy Jones.jpg
J. Glancy Jones
Democratic February 4, 1854 -
October 30, 1858
33rd
34th
35th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned to become United States Minister to Austria.
Vacant October 30, 1858 -
December 7, 1858
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William H. Keim
Republican December 7, 1858 -
March 3, 1859
35th [Data unknown/missing.]
John Schwartz Anti-Lecompton Democratic March 4, 1859 -
June 20, 1860
36th [Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant June 20, 1860 -
December 3, 1860
Jacob K. McKenty Democratic December 3, 1860 -
March 3, 1861
36th [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
Sydenham Elnathan Ancona - Brady-Handy.jpg
Sydenham E. Ancona
Democratic March 4, 1861 -
March 3, 1867
37th
38th
39th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
1863-1873
[Data unknown/missing.]
JamesLawrenceGetz.jpg
James L. Getz
Democratic March 4, 1867 -
March 3, 1873
40th
41st
42nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
Hiester Clymer Brady-Handy.jpg
Hiester Clymer
Democratic March 4, 1873 -
March 3, 1881
43rd
44th
45th
46th
[Data unknown/missing.] 1873-1883
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Daniel Ermentrout
Democratic March 4, 1881 -
March 3, 1889
47th
48th
49th
50th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
1883-1893
[Data unknown/missing.]
William Mutchler (Congressman from Pennsylvania).jpg
William Mutchler
Democratic March 4, 1889 -
June 23, 1893
51st
52nd
53rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
1893-1903
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant June 23, 1893 -
August 7, 1893
Howard Mutchler (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg
Howard Mutchler
Democratic August 7, 1893 -
March 3, 1895
53rd [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
Joseph Johnson Hart (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg
Joseph J. Hart
Democratic March 4, 1895 -
March 3, 1897
54th [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
William Sebring Kirkpatrick, 1844-1932.jpg
William S. Kirkpatrick
Republican March 4, 1897 -
March 3, 1899
55th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
Laird H. Barber (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg
Laird H. Barber
Democratic March 4, 1899 -
March 3, 1901
56th [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
Howard Mutchler (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg
Howard Mutchler
Democratic March 4, 1901 -
March 3, 1903
57th [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
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Irving P. Wanger
Republican March 4, 1903 -
March 3, 1911
58th
59th
60th
61st
Redistricted from the 7th district.
Lost re-election.
1903-1913
[Data unknown/missing.]
Robert E. Difenderfer Democratic March 4, 1911 -
March 3, 1915
62nd
63rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
1913-1933
[Data unknown/missing.]
HenryWWatson.jpg
Henry W. Watson
Republican March 4, 1915 -
March 3, 1923
64th
65th
66th
67th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district.
Thomas S. Butler (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg
Thomas S. Butler
Republican March 4, 1923 -
May 26, 1928
68th
69th
70th
Redistricted from the 7th district.
Died.
Vacant May 26, 1928 -
November 6, 1928
JamesPaineWolfenden.jpg
James Wolfenden
Republican November 6, 1928 -
January 3, 1945
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
74th
75th
76th
77th
78th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district.
1933-1943
[Data unknown/missing.]
1943-1953
[Data unknown/missing.]
CharlesLGerlach.jpg
Charles L. Gerlach
Republican January 3, 1945 -
May 5, 1947
79th
80th
Redistricted from the 9th district.
Died.
Vacant May 5, 1947 -
September 9, 1947
Franklin H. Lichtenwalter.jpg
Franklin H. Lichtenwalter
Republican September 9, 1947 -
January 3, 1951
80th
81st
[Data unknown/missing.]
Albert Clinton Vaughn (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg
Albert C. Vaughn
Republican January 3, 1951 -
September 1, 1951
82nd [Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant September 1, 1951 -
November 6, 1951
Karl C. King.jpg
Karl C. King
Republican November 6, 1951 -
January 3, 1957
82nd
83rd
84th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
1953-1963
[Data unknown/missing.]
Willard S. Curtin.jpg
Willard S. Curtin
Republican January 3, 1957 -
January 3, 1967
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
1963-1973
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Edward G. Biester Jr.
Republican January 3, 1967 -
January 3, 1977
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
1973-1983
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Peter H. Kostmayer
Democratic January 3, 1977 -
January 3, 1981
95th
96th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
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James K. Coyne, III
Republican January 3, 1981 -
January 3, 1983
97th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
Peter Kostmeyer.png
Peter H. Kostmayer
Democratic January 3, 1983 -
January 3, 1993
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
1983-1993
[Data unknown/missing.]
Jim Greenwood.jpg
James C. Greenwood
Republican January 3, 1993 -
January 3, 2005
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
1993-2003
[Data unknown/missing.]
2003-2013
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Mike Fitzpatrick, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Mike Fitzpatrick
Republican January 3, 2005 -
January 3, 2007
109th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
Patrick Murphy official 110th Congress photo.jpg
Patrick Murphy
Democratic January 3, 2007 -
January 3, 2011
110th
111th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
Mike Fitzpatrick, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Mike Fitzpatrick
Republican January 3, 2011 -
January 3, 2017
112th
113th
114th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
2013-2019
Pennsylvania US Congressional District 8 (since 2013).tif
Brian Fitzpatrick official congressional photo.jpg
Brian Fitzpatrick
Republican January 3, 2017 -
January 3, 2019
115th Elected in 2016.
Redistricted to the 1st district.
Matt Cartwright, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Matt Cartwright
Democratic January 3, 2019 -
present
116th Redistricted from the 17th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
2019-Present
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See also

References

  1. ^ "New Pennsylvania Map Is a Major Boost for Democrats". The Cook Political Report. February 20, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Congressional Interactive District Map". Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ Cohn, Nate; Bloch, Matthew; Quealy, Kevin (February 19, 2018). "The New Pennsylvania House Districts Are In. We Review the Mapmakers' Choices". The Upshot. The New York Times. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Battle for the House 2018". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "2012 General Election--Official Returns". Pennsylvania Department of State. 2012-11-06. Archived from the original on 2012-11-16. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Pennsylvania 2014 General Election - November 4, 2014 Official Results". Pennsylvania Secretary of State. November 4, 2014. Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved 2015.

External links

Coordinates: 40°20?10?N 75°09?04?W / 40.33611°N 75.15111°W / 40.33611; -75.15111


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