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Mississippi's 1st congressional district

Mississippi's 1st congressional district
Mississippi's 1st congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Mississippi's 1st congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Trent Kelly (RSaltillo)
Area 11,412 mi2 (29,557 km2)
Distribution 38.36% urban, 61.64% rural
Population (2006) 762,914
Median income $35,831
Ethnicity 70.5% White, 27.2% Black, 0.5% Asian, 1.8% Hispanic, 0.3% Native American, 0.8% other
Occupation 30.4% blue collar, 56.6% white collar, 13% gray collar
Cook PVI R+14[1]

Mississippi's 1st congressional district is in the northeast corner of the state. It includes much of the northern portion of the state including Columbus, Oxford, Southaven, and Tupelo. One of the state's major universities, the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), is located within the district at Oxford.

From statehood to the election of 1846, Mississippi elected representatives at-large statewide on a general ticket.

The congressional seat had recently been held by Republican Alan Nunnelee who died February 6, 2015. In the November 2010 election, Nunnelee had defeated Democratic incumbent Travis Childers, Constitutionalist Gail Giaramita, Independent Conservative Party candidate Wally Pang of Batesville, Libertarian Harold Taylor, and Reformist Barbara Dale Washer. In June 2015, Republican Trent Kelly won a special election to fill the vacant seat.


  • List of representatives 1
  • Historical district boundaries 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

List of representatives

Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1847
Jacob Thompson Democratic March 4, 1847 –
March 4, 1851
Redistricted from the At-large district.
Benjamin Nabers Unionist March 4, 1851 –
March 4, 1853
Daniel B. Wright Democratic March 4, 1853 –
March 4, 1857
Lucius Q. C. Lamar Democratic March 4, 1857 –
December, 1860
Retired to become a member of the secesson convention of Mississippi.
Civil War and Reconstruction
George E. Harris Republican February 23, 1870 –
March 4, 1873
Lucius Q. C. Lamar Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 4, 1877
Retired when elected to the U.S. Senate.
Henry Muldrow Democratic March 4, 1877 –
March 4, 1885
John Allen Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 4, 1901
Ezekiel S. Candler, Jr. Democratic March 4, 1901 –
March 4, 1921
John Rankin Democratic March 4, 1921 –
January 3, 1953
Thomas Abernethy Democratic January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1973
Redistricted from the 4th district.
Jamie Whitten Democratic January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1995
Redistricted from the 2nd district.
Roger Wicker Republican January 3, 1995 –
December 31, 2007
Resigned when appointed U.S. Senator.
Vacant December 31, 2007 –
May 13, 2008
Travis Childers Democratic May 13, 2008 –
January 3, 2011
First elected to finish Wicker's term.
Re-elected in 2008.
Lost re-election.
Alan Nunnelee Republican January 3, 2011 –
February 6, 2015
First elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Vacant February 6, 2015 –
June 2, 2015
Trent Kelly Republican June 2, 2015 –
Elected to finish Nunnelee's term.

Historical district boundaries

2003 - 2013

See also


  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  • 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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