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Washington's 7th congressional district

Washington's 7th congressional district encompasses most of Seattle, all of Vashon Island, Edmonds, Shoreline, Kenmore, and parts of Burien and Normandy Park. Since 1989, the 7th District has been represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Jim McDermott, a Democrat.

The 7th is the most Democratic district in the Pacific Northwest, and the most Democratic district on the West Coast outside of the San Francisco Bay Area or Los Angeles. It is also the most Democratic majority-white district in the United States. Democrats dominate every level of government, and routinely win elections by well over 70 percent of the vote. Al Gore swept the 7th District in 2000 with 72% of the vote while John Kerry won 79% of the vote in the district in 2004. Barack Obama took in 84% of the vote in the district in 2008.

Washington's seventh seat in the U.S. House was added following the 1950 census, but the state did not immediately reapportion. It was contested as a statewide at-large seat for three elections: 1952, 1954, and 1956; and voters cast ballots for two congressional seats, their district and the at-large. Democrat Donald H. Magnuson won all three at-large elections. The 1958 election was the first after the state reapportioned to seven districts; Magnuson was elected to the new district in 1958 and 1960, but lost in 1962.

The district from 2003 to 2013


  • Voting 1
  • List of representatives 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2012 President Obama 79 - 18%
2008 President Obama 84 - 15%
2004 President Kerry 79 - 19%
2000 President Gore 72 - 20%
1996 President Clinton 67 - 20%
1992 President Clinton 65 - 18%
1988 President Dukakis 66 - 32%
1984 President Mondale 58 - 41%
1980 President Reagan 44 - 42%
1976 President Carter 48 - 48%
1972 President Nixon 56 - 44%
1968 President Humphrey 52 - 40%
1964 President Johnson 62 - 38%

List of representatives

Representative Party Dates District Home Notes
District created January 3, 1959
Donald H. Magnuson Democratic January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1963 Redistricted from the , lost re-election attempt in 1962
K. William Stinson Republican January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1965 Lost re-election attempt in 1964
Brock Adams Democratic January 3, 1965 – January 22, 1977 Resigned after being appointed U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Vacant January 22, 1977 – May 17, 1977
John E. Cunningham Republican May 17, 1977 – January 3, 1979 Lost re-election attempt in 1978
Mike Lowry Democratic January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1989 Lost U.S. Senate election in 1988, won gubernatorial election in 1992
Jim McDermott Democratic January 3, 1989 – present Incumbent

See also


  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present

External links

  • Washington State Redistricting Commission
  • Find your new congressional district: a searchable map, Seattle Times, January 13, 2012

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