Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District
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Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District

Wisconsin's 7th congressional district
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Wisconsin's 7th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
Area18,786.53 sq mi (48,656.9 km2)
Distribution
  • 57.96% rural
  • 42.04% urban
Population (2019)714,544
Median household
income
$60,706[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+12[3]

Wisconsin's 7th congressional district is a congressional district of the United States House of Representatives in northwestern and central Wisconsin; it is the largest congressional district in the state geographically, covering 20 counties (in whole or part), for a total of 18,787 sq mi. The district contains the following counties: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, St. Croix, Chippewa (partial), Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Jackson (partial), Juneau (partial), Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Monroe (partial) Oneida, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas, Washburn, and Wood (partial).

The district is currently represented by Republican Tom Tiffany.

While in 2008, the district gave 56% of the vote to Barack Obama, it has swung to the Republicans in recent presidential elections with Mitt Romney winning with 51% of the vote in 2012 and Donald Trump winning with 58% of the vote in 2016. As a result, the rural 7th has surpassed the suburban 5th as the most Republican district in Wisconsin.

Agriculture is a major industry and employer in the rural 7th district.[4] This district has been a major producer of milk from cows, grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas.[5] 60% of the farmland in this district is used for crop production, another major economic stimulant.

List of members representing the district

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1873
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Jeremiah Rusk
Republican March 4, 1873 -
March 3, 1877
43rd
44th
Redistricted from the 6th district and re-elected in 1872.
Re-elected in 1874.
Retired.
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Herman L. Humphrey
Republican March 4, 1877 -
March 3, 1883
45th
46th
47th
Elected in 1876.
Re-elected in 1878.
Re-elected in 1880.
Lost renomination.
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Gilbert M. Woodward
Democratic March 4, 1883 -
March 3, 1885
48th Elected in 1882.
Lost re-election.
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Ormsby B. Thomas
Republican March 4, 1885 -
March 3, 1891
49th
50th
51st
Elected in 1884.
Re-elected in 1886.
Re-elected in 1888.
Lost re-election.
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Frank P. Coburn
Democratic March 4, 1891 -
March 3, 1893
52nd Elected in 1890.
Lost re-election.
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George B. Shaw
Republican March 4, 1893 -
August 27, 1894
53rd Elected in 1892.
Died.
Vacant August 27, 1894 -
November 5, 1894
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Michael Griffin
Republican November 5, 1894 -
March 3, 1899
53rd
54th
55th
Elected to finish Shaw's term.
Also elected to the next full term.
Re-elected in 1896.
Retired.
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John J. Esch
Republican March 4, 1899 -
March 3, 1921
56th
57th
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
65th
66th
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.
Re-elected in 1916.
Re-elected in 1918.
Lost renomination.
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Joseph D. Beck
Republican March 4, 1921 -
March 3, 1929
67th
68th
69th
70th
Elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Re-elected in 1926.
Retired to run for Governor of Wisconsin.
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Merlin Hull
Republican March 4, 1929 -
March 3, 1931
71st Elected in 1928.
Lost renomination.
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Gardner R. Withrow
Republican March 4, 1931 -
March 3, 1933
72nd Elected in 1930.
Redistricted to the 3rd district.
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Gerald J. Boileau
Republican March 4, 1933 -
January 3, 1935
73rd
74th
75th
Redistricted from the 8th district and re-elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1934.
Re-elected in 1936.
Lost re-election.
Progressive January 3, 1935 -
January 3, 1939
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Reid F. Murray
Republican January 3, 1939 -
April 29, 1952
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
Elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
Re-elected in 1946.
Re-elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Died.
Vacant April 29, 1952 -
January 3, 1953
82nd
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Melvin Laird
Republican January 3, 1953 -
January 21, 1969
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
Elected in 1952.
Re-elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Re-elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of Defense.
Vacant January 21, 1969 -
April 1, 1969
91st
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Dave Obey
Democratic April 1, 1969 -
January 3, 2011
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
Elected to finish Laird's term.
Re-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.
Re-elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Retired.
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Sean Duffy
Republican January 3, 2011 -
September 23, 2019
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
Elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.
Resigned due to family health issues.
Vacant September 23, 2019 -
May 12, 2020
116th
117th
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Tom Tiffany
Republican May 12, 2020[6] -
present
Elected to finish Duffy's term.
Re-elected in 2020.

Recent election results

2012

Wisconsin 7th Congressional District 2012 [7][8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Sean Duffy (Incumbent) 201,720 56.08
Democratic Pat Kreitlow 157,524 43.80
Write-In Dale C. Hehner 20 0.01
none Scattering 405 0.11
Total votes 359,669 100.0

2014

Wisconsin's 7th congressional district, 2014[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Sean Duffy (incumbent) 169,891 59.3
Democratic Kelly Westlund 112,949 39.4
Independent Lawrence Dale 3,686 1.3
n/a Write-ins 77 0.0
Total votes 286,603 100.0
Republican hold

2016

Wisconsin's 7th congressional district, 2016[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Sean Duffy (incumbent) 223,418 61.6
Democratic Mary Hoeft 138,643 38.3
n/a Write-ins 210 0.1
Total votes 362,271 100.0
Republican hold

2018

Wisconsin's 7th congressional district, 2018[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Sean Duffy (incumbent) 194,061 60.1
Democratic Margaret Engebretson 124,307 38.5
Independent Ken Driessen 4,416 1.4
Democratic Bob Look (write-in) 3 0.0
n/a Write-ins 53 0.0
Total votes 322,840 100.0
Republican hold

2020 special election

Wisconsin's 7th congressional district special election, 2020, May 12
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Tiffany 109,594 57.2
Democratic Tricia Zunker 81,955 42.8
Total votes 191,549 100.0
Republican hold

2020

Wisconsin's 7th congressional district, 2020[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Tiffany (incumbent) 252,048 60.7
Democratic Tricia Zunker 162,741 39.2
Write-in 218 0.1
Total votes 415,007 100.0
Republican hold

Election results from recent presidential races

Year Results
2000 Gore 48 - 47%
2004 Kerry 50 - 49%
2008 Obama 56 - 43%
2012 Romney 51 - 48%
2016 Trump 58 - 37%
2020 Trump 59 - 39%

Historical district boundaries

2003 - 2013

See also

References

General
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774-present
Specific
  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=55&cd=07
  2. ^ https://censusreporter.org/profiles/50000US5507-congressional-district-7-wi/
  3. ^ "Introducing the 2021 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index". The Cook Political Report. April 15, 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ "The Future of Farming and Rural Life in Wisconsin: Findings, Recommendations, Steps to a Healthy Future" (PDF).
  5. ^ "2012 Congressional District Profiles" (PDF). United States Department of Agriculture - National Agricultural Statistics Service.
  6. ^ https://bioguideretro.congress.gov/Home/MemberDetails?memIndex=T000165
  7. ^ "Wisconsin Government Accountability Board County by County Congress Seats" (PDF). State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. November 21, 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ Scatterings votes are included as they were reported to the Clerk of the House of Representatives"Election Statistics US House of Representatives - 2012". Karen Haas, Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. February 28, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ "Wisconsin Statewide Results General Election - November 4, 2014 Official Results". Wisconsin Secretary of State. November 4, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "Wisconsin Elections Commission". Wisconsin Elections Commission. November 8, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ Johnson, Cheryl L. (February 28, 2019). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 2018". Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ "Canvass Results for 2020 General Election" (PDF). Wisconsin Elections Commission. Retrieved 2020.

External links

Coordinates: 45°41?56?N 90°39?19?W / 45.69889°N 90.65528°W / 45.69889; -90.65528


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