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Colorado's 2nd congressional district

Colorado's 2nd congressional district
Colorado's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Colorado's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Jared Polis (DBoulder)
Cook PVI D+8[1]

Colorado's 2nd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Colorado. The district is located in the north-central part of the state and encompasses the northwestern suburbs of Denver including Boulder, Northglenn, Thornton, and Westminster. The district also includes the mountain towns of Vail, Grand Lake and Idaho Springs. Redistricting in 2011 has moved Larimer County, including the cities of Fort Collins and Loveland, to the 2nd from the 4th district[2] for the 2012 election.

The district is currently represented by Democrat Jared Polis, who is one of seven openly gay members of the House of Representatives. Polis succeeded fellow Democrat Mark Udall who subsequently served in the U.S. Senate from 2009 to 2015.

This is the second most liberal district in the Rocky Mountain region (only the neighboring 1st district is considered more liberal.)

Contents

  • History 1
    • 1990s 1.1
    • 2000s 1.2
    • 2010s 1.3
  • Voting 2
  • Characteristics 3
    • List of representatives 3.1
  • Previous election results 4
    • 2002 4.1
    • 2004 4.2
    • 2006 4.3
    • 2008 4.4
    • 2010 4.5
    • 2012 4.6
    • 2014 4.7
  • Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado's 2nd congressional district 5
  • Historical district boundaries 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8

History

1990s

Following the 1990 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 2nd Congressional District consisted of Boulder, Clear Creek, and Gilpin counties, as well as portions of Adams, and Jefferson counties.

2000s

Following the 2000 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 2nd Congressional District consisted of Broomfield, Clear Creek, Eagle, Gilpin, Grand, and Summit counties, as well as portions of Adams, Boulder, Jefferson, and Weld counties.

2010s

Following the 2010 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 2nd Congressional District consisted of Broomfield, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand, Larimer and Summit counties; most of Boulder and Jefferson counties; and portions of Eagle and Park counties. Following the census, the 2nd district stretched further north to the Wyoming border while losing the western portion of Eagle County.

Voting

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Gore 52 - 43%
2004 President Kerry 58 - 41%
2008 President Obama 64 - 34%
2012 President Obama 58 - 40%

Characteristics

This district is anchored in Boulder and Adams counties which have the bulk of population in the district. A liberal base around the city of Boulder (home of the University of Colorado at Boulder), coupled with a sizable Latino population in the Adams County portion of district, usually bodes well for Democrats.

List of representatives

Congress Representative Party Years District home Notes
District created March 4, 1893
53rd-57th John Calhoun Bell Populist March 4, 1893 – March 4, 1903 Lake City
58th-59th Herschel M. Hogg Republican March 4, 1903 – March 4, 1907 Telluride
60th Warren A. Haggott March 4, 1907 – March 4, 1909 Idaho Springs
61st-62nd John Andrew Martin Democratic March 4, 1909 – March 4, 1913 La Junta
63rd Harry H. Seldomridge March 4, 1913 – March 4, 1915 Colorado Springs
64th-72nd Charles B. Timberlake Republican March 4, 1915 – March 4, 1933 Sterling
73rd-76th Fred N. Cummings Democratic March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1941 Fort Collins
77th-85th William S. Hill Republican January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1959 Fort Collins
86th Byron Johnson Democratic January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1961 Denver
87th Pete Dominick Republican January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1963 Denver
88th Don Brotzman January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1965 Boulder
89th Roy H. McVicker Democratic January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1967 Wheat Ridge
90th-93rd Don Brotzman Republican January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1975 Boulder
94th-99th Tim Wirth Democratic January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1987 Boulder
100th-105th David Skaggs January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1999 Boulder
106th-110th Mark Udall January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2009 Eldorado Springs
111th-114th Jared Polis January 3, 2009 – present Boulder Incumbent

Previous election results

2002

Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District House Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mark Udall* 123,504 60.09%
Republican Sandy Hume 75,564 36.77%
Libertarian Norm Olsen 3,579 1.74%
Natural Law Patrick West 1,617 0.79%
Constitution Erik J. Brauer 1,258 0.61%
Majority 47,940 23.32%
Total votes 205,522 100.00
Democratic hold

2004

Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District House Election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mark Udall* 207,900 67.20%
Republican Stephen M. Hackman 94,160 30.44%
Libertarian Norm Olsen 7,304 2.36%
Majority 113,740 36.76%
Total votes 309,364 100.00
Democratic hold

2006

Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District House Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mark Udall* 157,850 68.24%
Republican Rich Mancuso 65,481 28.31%
Libertarian Norm Olsen 5,025 2.17%
Green J.A. Calhoun 2,951 1.28%
Majority 92,369 39.93%
Total votes 231,307 100.00
Democratic hold

2008

Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District House Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jared Polis 215,602 62.60%
Republican Scott Starin 116,619 33.86%
Green J.A. Calhoun 10,031 2.91%
Unity William Robert Hammons 2,176 0.63%
Majority 98,983 28.74%
Total votes 344,428 100.00
Democratic hold

2010

Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District House Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jared Polis* 148,768 57.41%
Republican Stephen Bailey 98,194 37.90%
Constitution Jenna Goss 7,087 2.74%
Libertarian Curtis Harris 5,060 1.95%
Majority 50,574 19.51%
Total votes 259,116 100.00
Democratic hold

2012

Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District House Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jared Polis* 234,758 55.69%
Republican Kevin Lundberg 162,639 38.58%
Libertarian Randy Luallin 13,770 3.27%
Green Susan P. Hall 10,413 2.47%
Majority 72,119 17.11%
Total votes 421,580 100.00
Democratic hold

2014

Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District House Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jared Polis* 196,300 56.74%
Republican George Leing 149,645 43.26%
Majority 46,655 13.48%
Total votes 345,945 100.00
Democratic hold

Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado's 2nd congressional district

As of April 2015, there are three former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado's 2nd congressional district who are currently living at this time.

Representative Term in office Date of birth (and age)
Tim Wirth 1975–1987 (1939-09-22) September 22, 1939
David Skaggs 1987–1999 (1943-02-22) February 22, 1943
Mark Udall 1999–2009 (1950-07-18) July 18, 1950

Historical district boundaries

2003 - 2013

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. ^ Judge rules in favor of Democratic map in Colorado redistricting. Denver Post. 2011-11-14. [2]
  • 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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