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Indiana's 7th congressional district

 

Indiana's 7th congressional district

Indiana's 7th congressional district
Indiana's 7th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Indiana's 7th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative André Carson (DIndianapolis)
Area 265 mi2 (686 km2)
Distribution 99.7% urban, 0.3% rural
Population (2000) 675,674
Median income $36,522
Ethnicity 63.0% White, 29.4% Black, 1.3% Asian, 4.4% Hispanic, 0.2% Native American, 1.7% other
Occupation 26.2% blue collar, 57.7% white collar, 16.1% gray collar
Cook PVI D+9[1]

Indiana's 7th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Indiana. Based in the heart of the state, the district encompasses most of Marion County and Indianapolis.

The district is currently represented by Democrat André Carson who won a special election in 2008 to succeed his grandmother Julia Carson following her death in 2007.

The district is one of only two congressional districts to be represented by a Muslim in the United States (the other being Keith Ellison of Minnesota's 5th congressional district, based in Minneapolis.

Contents

  • Characteristics 1
    • Redistricting 1.1
  • List of representatives 2
  • Election Results 3
    • 2002 3.1
    • 2004 3.2
    • 2006 3.3
    • 2008 3.4
    • 2010 3.5
    • 2012 3.6
    • 2014 3.7
  • Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 7th congressional district 4
  • Historical district boundaries 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7

Characteristics

Prior to the 2002 redistricting, the district referred to a completely different area of Indiana, covering Hamilton counties. The current area of the 7th Congressional District is largely the same as the now eliminated 10th Congressional District (including all of Center Township, now widely regarded as a Democratic stronghold due to its large African American population and gentrified middle class.)

Traditionally, the city and the district has been more competitive and much more Republican; in fact, one of the most Republican metropolitan areas in the country, particularly during the years when Richard Lugar and William H. Hudnut III served as Mayor of Indianapolis. However, in recent decades, much of the affluence of the city has begun to migrate to the edges of the city and outer Marion County, which has resulted in the Democratic lean. The northern edge of Marion county - an affluent, strongly conservative area - is not included in the district.

The southern and eastern parts of the district include the more modest neighborhoods of the city, which is home to Amtrak's largest repair yard. Since the late 1990s, there has been an influx of Mexican and Hispanic workers to the district, which has further increased its Democratic leanings. Also, as the industrial and financial center of Indiana, the district has been strongly influenced by the politics of the unions in the past; however, their influence over the district has become increasingly marginal in recent years.

In recent presidential contests, the district itself has given comfortable margins to Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama in recent years. Most recently in 2008, Barack Obama won 71% of the vote in the 7th Congressional District.

Redistricting

After the loss of a congressional seat in 2000 by virtue of that year's census, an ambitious redistricting plan was embarked upon, which was eventually implemented in 2002. The overall character of the district prior to this was solidly Republican and rural; however, since 2002, the previous area of the 7th Congressional District has been divided between the 4th Congressional District and the 8th Congressional District.

List of representatives

Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1833
Edward A. Hannegan Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1837
Albert S. White Whig March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
Vacant March 3, 1839 –
August 5, 1839
Tilghman A. Howard Democratic August 5, 1839 –
July 1, 1840
Vacant July 1, 1840 –
August 3, 1840
Henry S. Lane Whig August 3, 1840 –
March 3, 1843
Joseph A. Wright Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
Edward W. McGaughey Whig March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1847
Richard W. Thompson Whig March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1849
Edward W. McGaughey Whig March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1851
John G. Davis Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1855
Harvey D. Scott Opposition March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
John G. Davis Anti-Lecompton Democrat March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1861
Daniel W. Voorhees Democratic March 4, 1861 –
February 23, 1866
Lost contested election
Henry D. Washburn Republican February 23, 1866 –
March 3, 1869
Won contested election
Godlove S. Orth Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1871
Redistricted from the 8th district.
Mahlon D. Manson Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1873
Thomas J. Cason Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
Redistricted to the 9th district.
Franklin Landers Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
John Hanna Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1879
Gilbert De La Matyr Greenback March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1881
Stanton J. Peelle Republican March 4, 1881 –
May 22, 1884
Lost contested election
William E. English Democratic May 22, 1884 –
March 3, 1885
Won contested election
William D. Bynum Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1895
Charles L. Henry Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1897
Redistricted to the 8th district.
Jesse Overstreet Republican March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1909
Redistricted from the 5th district.
Charles A. Korbly Democratic March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1915
Merrill Moores Republican March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1925
Ralph E. Updike Republican March 4, 1925 –
March 3, 1929
Louis Ludlow Democratic March 4, 1929 –
March 3, 1933
Redistricted to the 12th district.
Arthur H. Greenwood Democratic March 3, 1933 –
January 3, 1939
Gerald W. Landis Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1949
James E. Noland Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1951
William G. Bray Republican January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1967
Redistricted to the 6th district.
John T. Myers Republican January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1997
Edward A. Pease Republican January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2001
Brian D. Kerns Republican January 3, 2001 –
January 3, 2003
Julia Carson Democratic January 3, 2003 –
December 15, 2007
Redistricted from the 10th district.
Died.
Vacant December 15, 2007 –
March 11, 2008
André Carson Democratic March 11, 2008 –
Present
First elected to finish Carson's term.

Election Results

2002

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Julia Carson 77,478 53.13
Republican Ambrose McVey 64,379 44.14
Libertarian Andrew Horning 3,919 2.69
No party Others 64 0.04%
Total votes 145,840 100.00
Voter turnout %
Democratic gain from Republican

2004

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Julia Carson* 121,303 54.35
Republican Andrew Horning 97,491 43.68
Libertarian Barry Campbell 4,381 1.96
Total votes 223,175 100.00
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold

2006

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Julia Carson* 74,750 53.76
Republican Eric Dickerson 64,304 46.24
Total votes 139,054 100.00
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold

2008

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Special Election (March 11, 2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic André Carson 45,668 54.04
Republican Jonathan Elrod 36,415 43.09
Libertarian Sean Sheppard 2,430 2.88
Total votes 84,513 100.00
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold
Indiana's 7th Congressional District General Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic André Carson* 172,650 65.08
Republican Gabrielle Campo 92,645 34.92
Total votes 265,295 100.00
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold

2010

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic André Carson* 86,011 58.90
Republican Marvin B. Scott 55,213 37.81
Libertarian Dav Wilson 4,815 3.30
Total votes 146,039 100.00
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold

2012

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic André Carson* 162,122 62.85
Republican Carlos May 95,828 37.15
Total votes 257,950 100.00
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold

2014

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Election, (2014)[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Andre Carson (Incumbent) 61,443 54.73
Republican Catherine Ping 46,887 41.77
Libertarian Chris Mayo 3,931 3.50
Total votes 112,261 100.00
Democratic hold

Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 7th congressional district

As of May 2015, two former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 7th congressional district are alive.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Edward A. Pease 1997-2001 (1951-05-22) May 22, 1951
Brian D. Kerns 2001-2003 (1957-05-22) May 22, 1957

Historical district boundaries

2003 - 2013
The two different locations of the 7th district since 1982.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  2. ^ "Secretary of State : Election Division: Election Results". Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  • 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

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