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California's 17th congressional district
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Current Representative Sam Farr (D)
Area 5,386 mi²
Distribution 90.0% urban, 10.0% rural
Population (2000) 639,088
Median income $49,324
Ethnicity 46.3% White, 2.6% Black, 4.8% Asian, 42.9% Hispanic, 0.4% Native American, 0.3% other
Cook PVI D+19

California's 17th congressional district covers all of Monterey and San Benito counties, as well as part of Santa Cruz County. It includes all of the coastal communities surrounding Monterey Bay, the city of Salinas, as well as the vast majority of the Salinas River Valley, one of the most fertile agricultural areas in the United States. It is one of 53 congressional districts in California. The current Representative for this district is Democrat Sam Farr.

Voting

Election results from statewide races
Year Office Results
2008 President[1] Obama 72.1 - 25.8%
2006 Governor[2] Schwarzenegger 48.1 - 44.6%
Senator[3] Feinstein 68.8 - 24.8%
2004 President[4] Kerry 65.6 - 33.0%
Senator[5] Boxer 66.0 - 28.9%
2003 Recall[6][7] No 57.8 - 42.2%
Bustamante 40.0 - 37.8%
2002 Governor[8] Davis 55.4 - 32.3%
2000 President[9] Gore 59.6 - 33.0%
Senator[10] Feinstein 58.3 - 32.5%
1998 Governor
Senator
1996 President
1994 Governor
Senator
1992 President Clinton 52.7 - 27.3%
Senator Boxer 54.3 - 35.8%
Senator Feinstein 63.2 - 30.5%

List of Representatives

Counties Representative Party Dates Notes
Los Angeles Charles J. Colden Democratic 1933-03-04 – 1938-04-15 Newly created district; died in office
Vacant 1938-04-15 – 1939-01-03
Lee E. Geyer Democratic 1939-01-03 – 1941-10-11 Died in office
Vacant 1941-10-11 – 1942-08-25
Cecil R. King Democratic 1942-08-25 – 1969-01-03 Retired
Glenn M. Anderson Democratic 1969-01-03 – 1973-01-03 Redistricted to 35th district
Southern San Mateo, small part of northwestern Santa Clara Pete McCloskey Republican 1973-01-03 – 1975-01-03 Redistricted from 11th district
Redistricted to 12th district
Eastern Fresno, Kings, northwestern Tulare John Hans Krebs Democratic 1975-01-03 – 1979-01-03 Redistricted from 18th district
Lost re-election to Pashayan
Charles (Chip) Pashayan Republican 1979-01-03 – 1983-01-03
Eastern Fresno, Kings, Kern (Bakersfield), Tulare 1983-01-03 – 1991-01-03 Lost re-election to Dooley
Cal Dooley Democratic 1991-01-03 – 1993-01-03 Redistricted to 20th district
Monterey, San Benito, southern Santa Cruz Leon Panetta Democratic 1993-01-03 – 1993-01-23 Redistricted from 16th district
Appointed director of the OMB
Vacant 1993-01-23 – 1993-06-08
Sam Farr Democratic 1993-06-08 – present Incumbent

Election results

193219341936193819401942 (Special)194219441946194819501952195419561958196019621964196619681970197219741976197819801982198419861988199019921993 (Special)1994199619982000200220042006

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1932

United States House of Representatives elections, 1932[11]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Charles J. Colden 50,720 62.2%
Republican A. E. Henning 26,868 32.9%
Liberty Ernest E. Debs 3,965 4.9%
Totals 81,553 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic win (new constituency)

1934

United States House of Representatives elections, 1934[12]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Charles J. Colden (incumbent) 60,045 70.4%
Republican C. P. "Cap" Wright 20,508 24.0%
Socialist Richard Pomeroy 4,721 5.6%
Totals 85,274 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1936

United States House of Representatives elections, 1936[13]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Charles J. Colden (incumbent) 68,189 71.9%
Republican Leonard Roach 24,981 26.3%
Communist John L. Leech 1,634 1.8%
Totals 94,804 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1938

United States House of Representatives elections, 1938[14]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Lee E. Geyer (incumbent) 56,513 58.8%
Republican Clifton A. Hix 26,891 28.0%
Townsend Fred C. Wagner 8,870 9.2%
Progressive Robert O. Bates 3,774 3.9%
Totals 96,048 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1940

United States House of Representatives elections, 1940[15]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Lee E. Geyer (incumbent) 75,109 65.5%
Republican Clifton A. Hix 32,862 28.6%
Progressive Samuel C. Converse 5,649 4.9%
Communist Harry L. Gray 1,118 1.0%
Totals 114,738 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1942 (Special)

Democrat Cecil R. King won the special election to replace fellow Democrat Lee E. Geyer, who died in office. Data for this special election is not available.[16]

1942

United States House of Representatives elections, 1942[17]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Cecil R. King (incumbent) 92,260 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1944

United States House of Representatives elections, 1944[18]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Cecil R. King (incumbent) 147,217 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1946

United States House of Representatives elections, 1946[19]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Cecil R. King (incumbent) 110,654 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1948

United States House of Representatives elections, 1948[20]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Cecil R. King (incumbent) 194,782 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1950

United States House of Representatives elections, 1950[21]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Cecil R. King (incumbent) 166,334 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1952

United States House of Representatives elections, 1952[22]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Cecil R. King (incumbent) 114,650 54.6%
Republican Robert H. Finch 92,587 44.1%
Progressive Loyd C. Seelinger 2,738 1.3%
Totals 209,975 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1954

United States House of Representatives elections, 1954[23]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Cecil R. King (incumbent) 97,828 60.1%
Republican Robert H. Finch 64,967 39.9%
Totals 162,795 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1956

United States House of Representatives elections, 1956[24]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Cecil R. King (incumbent) 157,270 64.9%
Republican Charles A. Franklin 84,900 35.1%
Totals 242,170 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1958

United States House of Representatives elections, 1958[25]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Cecil R. King (incumbent) 182,965 75.3%
Republican Charles A. Franklin 59,973 24.7%
Totals 242,938 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1960

United States House of Representatives elections, 1960[26]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Cecil R. King (incumbent) 206,620 67.7%
Republican Tom Coffee 98,510 32.3%
Totals 305,130 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1962

United States House of Representatives elections, 1962[27]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Cecil R. King (incumbent) 74,964 73.8%
Republican Ted Bruinsma 36,663 26.2%
Totals 111,627 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1964

United States House of Representatives elections, 1964[28]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Cecil R. King (incumbent) 95,640 67.7%
Republican Robert Muncaster 45,688 32.3%
Totals 141,328 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1966

United States House of Representatives elections, 1966[29]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Cecil R. King (incumbent) 76,962 60.8%
Republican Don Cortum 49,615 39.2%
Totals 126,577 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1968

United States House of Representatives elections, 1968[30]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Glenn M. Anderson 75,070 50.7%
Republican Joe Blatchford 71,174 48.1%
Peace and Freedom Ben Dobbs 1,685 1.1%
Totals 147,929 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1970

United States House of Representatives elections, 1970[31]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Glenn M. Anderson (inc.) 83,739 62.2%
Republican Vernon E. Brown 47,778 35.5%
American Independent Robert W. Copeland 1,724 1.3%
Peace and Freedom Thomas E. Mathews 1,292 1.0%
Totals 134,533 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1972

United States House of Representatives elections, 1972[32]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Pete McCloskey (incumbent) 110,098 60.2%
Democratic James Stewart 72,759 39.8%
Totals 182,857 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1974

United States House of Representatives elections, 1974[33]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic John Hans Krebs 66,082 51.9%
Republican Bob Mathias (incumbent) 61,242 48.1%
Totals 127,324 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic gain from Republican

1976

United States House of Representatives elections, 1976[34]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic John Hans Krebs (incumbent) 103,898 65.7%
Republican Henry J. Andreas 54,270 34.3%
Totals 158,168 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1978

United States House of Representatives elections, 1978[35]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Charles (Chip) Pashayan 81,296 54.5%
Democratic John Hans Krebs (incumbent) 67,885 45.5%
Totals 149,181 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

1980

United States House of Representatives elections, 1980[36]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Charles (Chip) Pashayan (inc.) 129,159 70.6%
Democratic Willard H. "Bill" Johnson 53,780 29.4%
Totals 182,939 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1982

United States House of Representatives elections, 1982[37]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Charles (Chip) Pashayan (inc.) 80,271 54%
Democratic Gene Tackett 68,364 46%
Totals 148,635 100%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1984

United States House of Representatives elections, 1984[38]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Charles (Chip) Pashayan (inc.) 128,802 72.5%
Democratic Simon Lakritz 48,888 27.5%
Totals 177,690 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1986

United States House of Representatives elections, 1986[39]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Charles (Chip) Pashayan (inc.) 88,787 60.2%
Democratic John Hartnett 58,682 39.8%
Totals 147,469 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1988

United States House of Representatives elections, 1988[40]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Charles (Chip) Pashayan (inc.) 129,568 71.5%
Democratic Vincent J. Lavery 51,730 28.5%
Totals 181,298 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1990

United States House of Representatives elections, 1990[41]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Cal Dooley 82,611 54.5%
Republican Charles (Chip) Pashayan (inc.) 68,848 45.5%
Totals 151,459 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic gain from Republican

1992

United States House of Representatives elections, 1992[42]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Leon Panetta (incumbent) 151,565 72.1%
Republican Bill McCampbell 49,947 23.7%
Peace and Freedom Maureen Smith 4,804 2.3%
Libertarian John D. Wilkes 4,051 1.9%
Totals 210,447 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1993 (Special)

List of special elections to the United States House of Representatives in California[43]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Sam Farr 53,675 52.25%
Republican Bill McCampbell 43,774 42.61%
American Independent Jerome N. McCready 1,689 1.64%
Green Kevin Gary Clark 1,226 1.19%
Libertarian Richard J. Quigley 948 0.92%
Independent Peter James 943 0.92%
Independent James Ogle 444 0.43%
No party Tom Shannon (write-in) 33 0.03%
Totals 102,732 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1994

United States House of Representatives elections, 1994[44]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Sam Farr (incumbent) 87,222 52.17%
Republican Bill McCampbell 74,830 44.49%
Green E. Craig Coffin 5,591 3.34%
Totals 167,193 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1996

United States House of Representatives elections, 1996[45]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Sam Farr (incumbent) 115,116 58.9%
Republican Jess Brown 73,856 37.8%
Natural Law John Black 6,573 3.3%
Totals 195,545 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1998

United States House of Representatives elections, 1998[46]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Sam Farr (incumbent) 103,719 64.55%
Republican Bill McCampbell 52,470 32.65%
Libertarian Rick Garrett 2,791 1.74%
Natural Law Scott R. Hartley 1,710 1.06%
Totals 160,690 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2000

United States House of Representatives elections, 2000[47]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Sam Farr (incumbent) 143,219 68.7%
Republican Clint Engler 51,557 24.7%
Green E. Craig Coffin 8,215 4.0%
Libertarian Rick S. Garrett 2,510 1.2%
Reform Larry Fenton 2,263 1.0%
Natural Law Scott R. Hartley 996 0.4%
Totals 208,760 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2002

United States House of Representatives elections, 2002[48]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Sam Farr (incumbent) 101,632 68.1%
Republican Clint Engler 40,334 27.1%
Green Ray Glock-Grueneich 4,885 3.2%
Libertarian Jascha Lee 2,418 1.6%
No party Alan Shugart (write-in) 27 0.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2004

United States House of Representatives elections, 2004[49]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Sam Farr (incumbent) 148,958 66.8%
Republican Mark Risley 65,117 29.2%
Green Ray Glock-Grueneich 3,645 1.7%
Peace and Freedom Joe Williams 2,823 1.2%
Libertarian Joel Smolen 2,607 1.1%
No party David Mauricio Munoz (write-in) 75 0.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2006

United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[50]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Sam Farr (incumbent) 120,750 75.9%
Republican Anthony R. DeMaio 35,932 22.5%
No party Jeff Edward Taylor (write-in) 2,611 1.6%
Totals 163,293 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2008

United States House of Representatives elections, 2008[51]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Sam Farr (incumbent) 168,907 73.9%
Republican Jeff Taylor 59,037 25.9%
Independent Peter Andresen (write-in) 682 0.2%
Totals 228,626 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

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