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Florida's 16th congressional district

Florida's 16th congressional district
Florida's 16th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Florida's 16th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Vern Buchanan (RSarasota)
Cook PVI R+5

Florida's 16th congressional district is an electoral district for the U.S. Congress and was reassigned in 2012, effective January 2013, to western Manatee County, Florida and Sarasota County.[1][2] The district stretches from Bradenton, the County Seat, in Manatee County to North Port, in Sarasota County, the county's youngest and most populous incorporated city. The city of Sarasota is the County Seat of Sarasota County.

The former 16th district in 2003–2012 stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Coast and included parts of Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin, and Palm Beach counties. Included within the district were Port Charlotte, Port St. Lucie, and Palm Beach.

The district is currently represented by Republican Vern Buchanan.


  • History 1
  • Voting 2
  • List of representatives 3
  • Election Results 4
    • 2002 4.1
    • 2004 4.2
    • 2006 4.3
    • 2008 4.4
    • 2010 4.5
  • Historical district boundaries 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


When the Florida legislature redistricted in 2002 after the 2000 U.S. Census, a federal court described the boundaries of the 16th Congressional District and the interlocking 23rd Congressional District as an example of gerrymandering and a "raw exercise of majority legislative power."[3]


Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2008 President John McCain 52 – Barack Obama 47%
2004 President John Kerry 45%
2000 President Al Gore 47%

List of representatives

Representative Party Years Congress Note
District created January 3, 1983
Lawrence Smith Democratic January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993 98th
Tom Lewis Republican January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995 103rd Redistricted from the 12th district, Retired
Mark Foley Republican January 3, 1995 – September 29, 2006 104th
Vacant September 29, 2006 – January 3, 2007 109th
Tim Mahoney Democratic January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009 110th Lost re-election
Tom Rooney Republican January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2013 111th
Redistricted to the 17th district
Vern Buchanan Republican January 3, 2013 – present 113th Redistricted from the 13th district

Election Results


Florida's 16th Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Foley* 176,171 78.88%
Constitution Jack McLain 47,169 21.12%
Totals 223,340 100.00%
Voter turnout %
Republican hold


Florida's 16th Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Foley* 215,563 68.04%
Democratic Jeff Fisher 101,247 31.96%
Totals 316,810 100.00%
Voter turnout %
Republican hold


Florida's 16th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tim Mahoney 115,832 49.55%
Republican Mark Foley* (Joe Negron) 111,415 47.66%
Independent Emmie Lee Ross 6,526 2.79%
Totals 223,799 100.00%
Voter turnout %
Democratic gain from Republican
  • The seat became vacant after Foley's sudden resignation on September 29, 2006, after it became public that he had sent inappropriate emails to male teenage former congressional pages.[4] Foley's resignation occurred too late under Florida law to take his name off the ballot. Therefore, Foley's name remained on the ballot, but votes cast for him went to his replacement, State Representative Joe Negron, who would have been duly elected had Foley won the November 7, 2006 election.[5] Since Mahoney won the election, the question did not arise.[6]


Florida's 16th Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Rooney 209,847 60.10%
Democratic Tim Mahoney* 139,329 39.90%
Totals 349,176 100.00%
Voter turnout %
Republican gain from Democratic


Florida's 16th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Rooney* 162,285 66.85%
Democratic Jim Horn 80,327 33.09%
No party Others 151 0.06%
Totals 242,763 100.00%
Voter turnout %
Republican hold

Historical district boundaries

2003 - 2013
The former 16th district contained other southeastern Florida counties.


  1. ^ See whole Florida state map for 2013, with the 16th district in western Manatee County and Sarasota County, Florida: h9047_35x42L.pdf Congressional Plan: H000C9047. Chapter No. 2012-2, Laws of Florida. February 16, 2012.
  2. ^ See 2013 borders of 16th district in the 2013 districts map: H000C9047_map_sw.pdf, for the southwest region of Florida. Congressional Plan: H000C9047. Chapter No. 2012-2, Laws of Florida. February 2012.
  3. ^ Martinez v. Bush, 234 F.Supp.2d 1275, S.D.Fla., December 3, 2002
  4. ^ Foley Resigns From Congress Over E-Mails, Guardian Unlimited; Florida Republican Foley Resigns From U.S. House Seat,
  5. ^ GOP Regroups After Foley's Departure, CBS News
  6. ^ U.S. House District 16: Mahoney fends off Negron
  • 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

External links

  • 2000 Census Data
  •'s summary of spending for the 2006 race

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