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Michigan's 9th congressional district

Michigan's 9th congressional district
Michigan's 9th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Michigan's 9th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Sander Levin (DRoyal Oak)
Population (2010) 705,975
Ethnicity 82.0% White, 10.0% Black, 3.4% Asian, 2.1% Hispanic, 0.3% Native American
Cook PVI D+5

Michigan's 9th congressional district formerly was contained within Oakland County in the southeast areas of the state of Michigan and encompassed most of the county. The district area has changed significantly in the 2012 redistricting, now south and east of the previous district borders. The district now includes the communities of Warren, Bloomfield and Sterling Heights.


  • Voting 1
  • History 2
  • Cities and Townships 3
    • Cities 3.1
    • Townships 3.2
  • List of representatives 4
  • Elections 5
  • Historical district boundaries 6
  • See also 7
  • Notes 8
  • References 9


Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2012 President Obama 57 - 42%
2008 President Obama 56 - 43%
2004 President Bush 51 - 49%
2000 President Bush 51 - 47%
1996 President Clinton 46 - 43%
1992 President Clinton 44 - 35%


The 9th congressional district is largely a successor of the old 11th congressional district, at least since Joe Knollenberg was the representative of both. The old 9th district's representative Dale Kildee now represents Michigan's 5th congressional district.

The only areas that survived in the 9th congressional district across the 2002 redistricting were Pontiac, Waterford, Auburn Hills, some of Orion Township, Oakland Township, Rochester and Rochester Hills. The 9th congressional district was for all intents and purposes the one eliminated by the 2012 redistricting. Portions of it were reassigned to 4 different congressional districts, all of which largely preserved other former districts.

The district from 1992-2002 was largely based in Pontiac and Flint, Michigan, with the strong Democrat voting record in these places compensating for the largely Republican leaning of most of the rest of the district's area.

Prior to 1992 the 9th congressional district did not overlap at all with the one that existed after 1992. It largely corresponded to the later Michigan's 2nd congressional district, covering most of the west coast counties starting with Muskegon and taking in a portion of Grand Traverse County. It also included about half of Ottawa County, Montcalm County, half of Ionia County, and two eastern townships of Kent County, Michigan.

Sander Levin has announced that he will be running for re-election in 2014.[1] George Brikho, the only Republican candidate in the 2014 election, has recently taken heat for suggesting Adolf Hitler was a better leader than Hillary Clinton.[2]

Cities and Townships



List of representatives

Representative Party Years Congress Notes
District created March 4, 1873
Jay A. Hubbell Republican March 4, 1873 - March 3, 1883 43rd-47th
Byron M. Cutcheon Republican March 4, 1883 - March 3, 1891 48th-51st
Harrison H. Wheeler Democratic March 4, 1891 - March 3, 1893 52nd
John W. Moon Republican March 4, 1893 - March 3, 1895 53rd
Roswell P. Bishop Republican March 4, 1895 - March 3, 1907 54th-59th
James C. McLaughlin [3] Republican March 4, 1907 - November 29, 1932 60th-72nd Died
Vacant November 29, 1932 –
March 4, 1933
Harry W. Musselwhite Democratic March 4, 1933 - January 3, 1935 73rd
Albert J. Engel Republican January 3, 1935 - January 3, 1951 74th-81st
Ruth Thompson Republican January 3, 1951 - January 3, 1957 82nd-84th
Robert P. Griffin [4] Republican January 3, 1957 - May 11, 1966 85th-89th Resigned after being appointed to the US Senate
Vacant May 11, 1966 –
November 8, 1966
Guy Vander Jagt [4] Republican November 8, 1966 - January 3, 1993 89th-102nd
Dale Kildee [5] Democratic January 3, 1993 - January 3, 2003 103rd-107th Redistricted from the 7th district, Redistricted to the 5th district
Joe Knollenberg Republican January 3, 2003 - January 3, 2009 108th-110th Redistricted from the 11th district
Gary Peters Democratic January 3, 2009 - January 3, 2013 111th-112th Redistricted to the 14th district
Sander M. Levin Democratic January 3, 2013 - 113th- Redistricted from the 12th district


House Election 2012: Michigan's 9th district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Sander Levin (incumbent) 208,846 61.9% +1
Republican Don Volaric 114,760 34% -1%
Libertarian Jim Fulner 6,100 1.8% N/A
Green Julia Williams 4,708 1.4% N/A
Majority 208,846 61.9% +1
Turnout 337,316
House Election 2010: Michigan's 9th district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Turnout 252,650
House Election 2008: Michigan's 9th district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 184,098 52%
Turnout 353,456
House Election 2006: Michigan's 9th district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Majority 14,628 6%
Turnout 276,094

Historical district boundaries

1993 - 2003
2003 - 2013

See also


  1. ^,_2014
  2. ^
  3. ^ James C. McLaughlin died November 29, 1932; the vacancy was not filled.
  4. ^ a b Robert P. Griffin resigned on May 10, 1966, to be appointed the following day to the United States Senate to fill vacancy caused by the death of Patrick V. McNamara; Guy Vander Jagt was elected simultaneously in a special election November 8, 1966, to fill the unexpired term in the 89th and for a full term in the 90th Congress.
  5. ^ Dale Kildee now represents the 5th District.

District boundaries were redrawn in 1993, and 2003 due to reapportionment following the censuses of 1990 and 2000.


  • Gary Peters's webpage
  • for the 9th District - Lists current Senators and representative, and map showing district outline
  • The Political graveyard: U.S. Representatives from Michigan, 1807-2003
  • U.S. Representatives 1837-2003, Michigan Manual 2003-2004
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present

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