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Virginia's 7th Congressional District

Virginia's 7th congressional district
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Virginia's 7th congressional district since January 3, 2017
Representative
Area3,117.9 sq mi (8,075 km2)
Distribution
  • 73.1% urban[1]
  • 26.9% rural
Population (2019)802,921[2]
Median household
income
$81,364[3]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+3[4]

Virginia's 7th congressional district is a United States congressional district in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The district is currently represented by Democrat Abigail Spanberger, first elected in 2018.

2016 redistricting

This image shows the 2016 court-ordered VA Congressional districts.

The Virginia Legislature's 2012 redistricting of the adjacent 3rd district was found unconstitutional and replaced with a court-ordered redistricting on January 16, 2016 for the 2016 elections.[5][6][7][8][9][10]

Recent election results

2000s

2000 Virginia's 7th congressional district election[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Eric Cantor 192,652 66.9
Democratic Warren Stewart 94,935 33.0
Write-ins 304 0.1
Total votes 287,891 100.00
2002 Virginia's 7th congressional district election[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Eric Cantor (incumbent) 113,658 69.4
Democratic Ben Jones 49,854 30.5
Write-ins 153 0.1
Total votes 163,665 100.00
2004 Virginia's 7th congressional district election[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Eric Cantor (incumbent) 230,765 75.5
Independent Ben Jones 74,325 24.3
Write-ins 568 0.2
Total votes 305,658 100.00
2006 Virginia's 7th congressional district election[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Eric Cantor (incumbent) 163,706 63.8
Democratic James Nachman 88,206 34.4
Independent Brad Blanton 4,213 1.6
Write-ins 272 0.1
Total votes 256,397 100.00
2008 Virginia's 7th congressional district election[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Eric Cantor (incumbent) 233,531 62.7
Democratic Anita Hartke 138,123 37.1
Write-ins 683 0.2
Total votes 372,337 100.00

2010s

2010 Virginia's 7th congressional district election[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Eric Cantor (incumbent) 138,209 59.2
Democratic Rick Waugh 79,616 34.1
Green Floyd Bayne 15,164 6.5
Write-ins 413 0.2
Total votes 233,402 100.00
2012 Virginia's 7th congressional district election[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Eric Cantor (incumbent) 222,983 58.4
Democratic Wayne Powell 158,012 41.4
Write-ins 914 0.2
Total votes 381,909 100.00
2014 Virginia's 7th congressional district election[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Brat 148,026 60.8
Democratic Jack Trammell 89,914 36.9
Libertarian James Carr 5,086 2.1
Write-ins 325 0.1
Total votes 243,351 100.00
2016 Virginia's 7th congressional district election[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Brat (incumbent) 218,057 57.5
Democratic Eileen Bedell 160,159 42.2
Write-ins 947 0.2
Total votes 379,163 100.00
2018 Virginia's 7th congressional district election[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Abigail Spanberger 176,079 50.3
Republican David Brat 169,295 48.4
Libertarian Joe Walton 4,216 1.2
Write-ins 213 0.1
Total votes 349,831 100.00

2020s

2020 Virginia's 7th congressional district election[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Abigail Spanberger (incumbent) 232,995 50.9
Republican Nick Freitas 224,679 49.1
Total votes 457,674 98.00

Recent results in statewide elections

Geography

The district spans across much of Central Virginia including all of Orange, Culpeper, Goochland, Louisa, Nottoway, Amelia, and Powhatan counties. The district also includes large portions of Chesterfield and Henrico counties in the suburbs of Richmond. However, Richmond is not currently in the 7th. Spotsylvania County also has a large portion in the 7th district just outside of Fredericksburg.[53]

Prior to 1993, the 7th District stretched from the fringes of the Washington, D.C. suburbs to Charlottesville. Until the 1970s, it included most of the Shenandoah Valley. After the 1973 census, it lost most of the Valley except for Winchester, while picking up Manassas and Fredericksburg. The district's current configuration dates from 1993, when Virginia was forced to create a majority-minority district by a Justice Department directive. At that time, most of Richmond, which had been entirely in the old 3rd District for over a century, was shifted to a newly created 3rd District. The remaining territory in the old 3rd was combined with some more rural areas to the north to form the new 7th District.

From 2013 to 2017, the 7th District stretched from the west end of Richmond through the wealthier portions of Henrico and Chesterfield counties before taking in all of Goochland, Hanover, Louisa, New Kent, Orange, Culpeper, Page and Rappahannock counties and a portion of Spotsylvania County.

Demographics

According to the United States Census Bureau's 2017 data for Virginia's 7th Congressional District, the total population of the district is 790,084. Median age for the district is 39.7 years. 65.5% of the district is Non-Hispanic White, 18.4% Black, 5.1% Asian, 0.3% Native American or Alaskan, and 3.4% some other race with 7.3% Hispanic or Latino. Owner-occupied housing is 73.0% and renter-occupied housing is 27.0%.[54] The median value of single-family owner-occupied homes is $266,500. 91.6% of the district population has at least a high school diploma, 40.4% at least a bachelor's degree or higher. 9.1% of the district are civilian veterans. 9.1% are foreign born and 11.9% speak a language other than English at home. 9.9% are of disability status.[55] 68.2% of the district is in the labor force, which consists of those 16 years and older. Mean travel time to work is 29.3 minutes. Median household income is $77,533. Per capita income is $37,567. 5.3% of the population account for families living below the poverty level, and 7.7% of individuals live below the poverty level.[56] 9.5% of Children live below the poverty line.[57]

List of members representing the district

Representative Party Term Cong
ress
Electoral history
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John Page
Anti-Administration March 4, 1789 -
March 3, 1793
1st
2nd
Elected in 1789.
Re-elected in 1790.
Redistricted to the 12th district.
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Abraham B. Venable
Anti-Administration March 4, 1793 -
March 3, 1795
3rd
4th
5th
Redistricted from the 6th district and re-elected in 1793.
Re-elected in 1795.
Re-elected in 1797.
Retired.
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 -
March 3, 1799
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John Randolph
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1799 -
March 3, 1803
6th
7th
Elected in 1799.
Re-elected in 1801.
Redistricted to the 15th district.
Joseph Lewis Jr. Federalist March 4, 1803 -
March 3, 1813
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Elected in 1803.
Re-elected in 1805.
Re-elected in 1807.
Re-elected in 1809.
Re-elected in 1811.
Redistricted to the 8th district.
Hugh Caperton Federalist March 4, 1813 -
March 3, 1815
13th Elected in 1813.
Lost re-election.
Ballard Smith Democratic-Republican March 4, 1815 -
March 3, 1821
14th
15th
16th
Elected in 1815.
Re-elected in 1817.
Re-elected in 1819.
Lost re-election.
William Smith Democratic-Republican March 4, 1821 -
March 3, 1823
17th Elected in 1821.
Redistricted to the 21st district.
Jabez Leftwich Democratic-Republican March 4, 1823 -
March 3, 1825
18th Redistricted from the 14th district and re-elected in 1823.
Lost re-election.
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Nathaniel Claiborne
Jacksonian March 4, 1825 -
March 3, 1835
19th
20th
21st
22nd
23rd
24th
Elected in 1825.
Re-elected in 1827.
Re-elected in 1829.
Re-elected in 1831.
Re-elected in 1833.
Re-elected in 1835.
Lost re-election.
Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1835 -
March 3, 1837
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Archibald Stuart
Democratic March 4, 1837 -
March 3, 1839
25th Elected in 1837.
Lost re-election.
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William L. Goggin
Whig March 4, 1839 -
March 3, 1843
26th
27th
Elected in 1839.
Re-elected in 1841.
Lost re-election.
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Henry A. Wise
Democratic March 4, 1843 -
February 12, 1844
28th Elected in 1843.
Resigned.
Vacant February 13, 1844 -
May 5, 1844
Thomas H. Bayly Democratic May 6, 1844 -
March 3, 1853
28th
29th
30th
31st
32nd
Elected to finish Wise's term.
Re-elected in 1845.
Re-elected in 1847.
Re-elected in 1849.
Re-elected in 1851.
Redistricted to the 1st district.
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William Smith
Democratic March 4, 1853 -
March 3, 1861
33rd
34th
35th
36th
Elected in 1853.
Re-elected in 1855.
Re-elected in 1857.
Re-elected in 1859.
Resigned.
Vacant March 4, 1861 -
May 22, 1861
37th
Charles H. Upton Unionist May 23, 1861 -
February 27, 1862
Election invalidated.
Vacant February 28, 1862 -
February 15, 1863
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Lewis McKenzie
Unionist February 16, 1863 -
March 3, 1863
Elected to finish Upton's term.
Lost re-election.[58]
Inactive March 4, 1863 -
January 30, 1870
38th
39th
40th
41st
Civil War/Reconstruction
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Lewis McKenzie
Conservative January 31, 1870 -
March 3, 1871
41st Elected in 1870.
Lost re-election.
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Elliott M. Braxton
Democratic March 4, 1871 -
March 3, 1873
42nd Elected in 1870.
Lost re-election.
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John T. Harris
Democratic March 4, 1873 -
March 3, 1881
43rd
44th
45th
46th
Elected in 1872.
Re-elected in 1874.
Re-elected in 1876.
Re-elected in 1878.
Retired.
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John Paul
Readjuster March 4, 1881 -
September 5, 1883
47th
48th
Elected in 1880.
Re-elected in 1882.
Appointed U.S. District Court judge.
Vacant September 6, 1883 -
May 4, 1884
48th
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Charles T. O'Ferrall
Democratic May 5, 1884 -
December 28, 1893
48th
49th
50th
51st
52nd
53rd
Elected to finish Paul's term.
Re-elected in 1884.
Re-elected in 1886.
Re-elected in 1888.
Re-elected in 1890.
Re-elected in 1892.
Retired to run for Governor of Virginia.
Vacant December 29, 1893 -
January 29, 1894
53rd
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Smith S. Turner
Democratic January 30, 1894 -
March 3, 1897
53rd
54th
Elected to finish O'Ferrall's term.
Re-elected in 1894.
Retired.
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James Hay
Democratic March 4, 1897 -
October 1, 1916
55th
56th
57th
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
Elected in 1896.
Re-elected in 1898.
Re-elected in 1900.
Re-elected in 1902.
Re-elected in 1904.
Re-elected in 1906.
Re-elected in 1908.
Re-elected in 1910.
Re-elected in 1912.
Re-elected in 1914.
Appointed U.S. Claim Court judge.
Vacant October 2, 1916 -
November 6, 1916
64th
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Thomas W. Harrison
Democratic November 7, 1916 -
December 15, 1922
64th
65th
66th
67th
Elected to finish Hay's term.
Re-elected in 1916.
Re-elected in 1918.
Election invalidated.
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John Paul Jr.
Republican December 15, 1922 -
March 3, 1923
67th Elected in 1922.
Lost re-election.
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Thomas W. Harrison
Democratic March 4, 1923 -
March 3, 1929
68th
69th
70th
Elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Re-elected in 1926.
Lost re-election.
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Jacob A. Garber
Republican March 4, 1929 -
March 3, 1931
71st Elected in 1928.
Lost re-election.
John W. Fishburne Democratic March 4, 1931 -
March 3, 1933
72nd Elected in 1930.
Retired.
District eliminated March 4, 1933
District recreated January 3, 1935
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Absalom Willis Robertson
Democratic January 3, 1935 -
November 5, 1946
74th
75th
76th
77th
78th
79th
Elected in 1934.
Re-elected in 1936.
Re-elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
Resigned to become run for U.S. senator.
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Burr Harrison
Democratic November 5, 1946 -
January 3, 1963
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
Elected to finish Robertson's term.
Re-elected in 1946.
Re-elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
Re-elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Retired.
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John O. Marsh Jr.
Democratic January 3, 1963 -
January 3, 1971
88th
89th
90th
91st
Elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Retired.
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J. Kenneth Robinson
Republican January 3, 1971 -
January 3, 1985
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
Elected in 1970.
Re-elected in 1972.
Re-elected in 1974.
Re-elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Retired.
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D. French Slaughter Jr.
Republican January 3, 1985 -
November 5, 1991
99th
100th
101st
102nd
Elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Resigned.
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George F. Allen
Republican November 5, 1991 -
January 3, 1993
102nd Elected to finish Slaughter's term.
Re-elected in 1990.
Retired to run for Governor of Virginia.
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Thomas J. Bliley Jr.
Republican January 3, 1993 -
January 3, 2001
103rd
104th
105th
106th
Redistricted from the 3rd district and re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Retired.
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Eric Cantor
Republican January 3, 2001 -
August 18, 2014
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
Elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Lost renomination and then resigned.
Vacant August 18, 2014 -
November 4, 2014
113th
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Dave Brat
Republican November 4, 2014 -
January 3, 2019
113th
114th
115th
Elected to finish Cantor's term and also to the next term.
Re-elected in 2016.
Lost re-election.
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Abigail Spanberger
Democratic January 3, 2019 -
present
116th
117th
Elected in 2018.
Re-elected in 2020.

Historical district boundaries

2003-2013

See also

References

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