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California's 38th congressional district
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Current Representative Grace Napolitano (D)
Area 105 mi²
Distribution 100% urban, 0% rural
Population (2000) 639,088
Median income $42,408
Ethnicity 13.6% White, 3.6% Black, 10.2% Asian, 70.6% Hispanic, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% other
Cook PVI D+18

California's 38th congressional district is a U.S. Congressional district centered around suburban Los Angeles. This seat is held by Democrat Grace Napolitano.

Demographics

The district covers several cities in the Southeast and San Gabriel Valley areas including Norwalk, Pomona, Santa Fe Springs, La Puente, the City of Industry, Montebello, and Pico Rivera, plus the unincorporated communities of Avocado Heights, Hacienda Heights, West Puente Valley, and parts of Whittier, East Los Angeles, Rowland Heights, South San Gabriel, and Valinda.

In 2000, the two dominant parties in the state of California co-operatively redrew both state and federal legislative districts to preserve the status quo, ensuring the electoral safety of the politicians, thereby reducing the amount of influence the electorate have over elections. Therefore, the 38th district is gerrymandered. However, the Voting Rights Act directs districts to be created to increase minority representation. According to the Almanac of American Politics, one of the reasons the 38th District is so shaped is to have a majority of Hispanics. The major cities of East Los Angeles, Montebello, Norwalk, and Pomona are all majority Latino enclaves surrounded on the east, north, and south by majority white and Asian American communities, most of whom also vote Democratic.

Voting

Election results from statewide races
Year Office Results
2008 President[1] Obama 72.3 - 26.6%
2006 Governor[2] Angelides 58.3 - 37.1%
Senator[3] Feinstein 71.9 - 23.0%
2004 President[4] Kerry 65.3 - 33.6%
Senator[5] Boxer 70.8 - 23.4%
2003 Recall[6][7] No 52.4 - 47.6%
Bustamante 47.1 - 37.9%
2002 Governor[8] Davis 62.3 - 28.7%
2000 President[9] Gore 57.9 - 37.3%
Senator[10] Feinstein 59.6 - 33.3%
1998 Governor
Senator
1996 President
1994 Governor
Senator
1992 President Clinton 44.6 - 33.5%
Senator Herschensohn 46.3 - 45.1%
Senator Feinstein 50.9 - 39.5%

List of Representatives

Counties Representative Party Dates Notes
Imperial, Riverside Patrick M. Martin Republican 1963-01-03 – 1965-01-03 Redistricted from 39th district
Lost re-election to Tunney
John V. Tunney Democratic 1965-01-03 – 1971-01-03 Ran for Senate
Victor Veysey Republican 1971-01-03 – 1973-01-03 Redistricted to 43rd district
San Bernardino (Inland Empire) George Brown, Jr. Democratic 1973-01-03 – 1975-01-03 Newly created district
Redistricted to 36th district
North central Orange (Anaheim) Jerry M. Patterson Democratic 1975-01-03 – 1983-01-03 Redistricted from 32nd district
Northwest Orange (Garden Grove, Santa Ana) 1983-01-03 – 1985-01-03 Lost re-election to Dornan
Bob Dornan Republican 1985-01-03 – 1993-01-03 Redistricted to 46th district
Los Angeles (Bellflower, Long Beach) Steve Horn Republican 1993-01-03 – 2003-01-03 Redistricted from 32nd district
Redistricted to 39th district
Los Angeles (East L.A., Norwalk, Pomona) Grace Napolitano Democratic 2003-01-03 – present Redistricted from 34th district
Incumbent

Election results

19621964196619681970197219741976197819801982198419861988199019921994199619982000200220042006

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1962

United States House of Representatives elections, 1962[11]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Patrick M. Martin 68,583 55.9%
Democratic Dalip Singh Saund (inc.) 54,022 44.1%
Totals 122,605 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

1964

United States House of Representatives elections, 1964[12]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic John V. Tunney 85,661 52.8%
Republican Patrick M. Martin (incumbent) 76,525 47.2%
Totals 162,186 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic gain from Republican

1966

United States House of Representatives elections, 1966[13]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic John V. Tunney (incumbent) 83,216 54.5%
Republican Robert O. Hunter 69,444 45.5%
Totals 152,660 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1968

United States House of Representatives elections, 1968[14]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic John V. Tunney (incumbent) 121,025 62.8%
Republican Robert O. Hunter 68,196 35.4%
American Independent James H. Griffin 2,415 1.3%
Peace and Freedom Terese A. Karmel 1,205 0.6%
Totals 192,841 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1970

United States House of Representatives elections, 1970[15]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Victor Veysey 87,479 49.8%
Democratic David A. Tunno 85,684 48.8%
American Independent William E. Pasley 2,481 3.4%
Totals 175,644 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

1972

United States House of Representatives elections, 1972[16]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic George Brown, Jr. (inc.) 77,776 56.3%
Republican Howard J. Snider 60,379 43.7%
Totals 138,155 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic win (new constituency)

1974

United States House of Representatives elections, 1974[17]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Jerry M. Patterson 67,299 54.0%
Republican David Rehmann 51,509 41.3%
American Independent Lee R. Rayburn 3,991 3.2%
Peace and Freedom Larry B. Kallenberger 1,851 1.5%
Totals 124,650 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic gain from Republican

1976

United States House of Representatives elections, 1976[18]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Jerry M. Patterson (inc.) 103,317 63.6%
Republican James "Jim" Combs 59,092 36.4%
Totals 162,409 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1978

United States House of Representatives elections, 1978[19]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Jerry M. Patterson (inc.) 75,471 58.6%
Republican Dan Goedeke 53,298 41.4%
Totals 128,769 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1980

United States House of Representatives elections, 1980[20]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Jerry M. Patterson (inc.) 91,880 55.5%
Republican Art Jacobson 66,256 40.0%
Libertarian Charles E. "Chuck" Heiser 7,301 4.4%
Totals 165,437 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1982

United States House of Representatives elections, 1982[21]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Jerry M. Patterson (inc.) 73,914 52.4%
Republican William F. "Bill" Dohr 61,279 43.4%
Libertarian Anita K. Barr 5,989 4.2%
Totals 141,182 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

1984

United States House of Representatives elections, 1984[22]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Bob Dornan 86,545 53.2%
Democratic Jerry M. Patterson (incumbent) 73,231 45.0%
Peace and Freedom Michael Schuyles Bright 3,021 1.9%
Totals 162,797 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

1986

United States House of Representatives elections, 1986[23]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Bob Dornan (incumbent) 66,032 55.3%
Democratic Richard H. Robinson 50,625 42.4%
Libertarian Lee Connelly 2,807 2.3%
Totals 119,464 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1988

United States House of Representatives elections, 1988[24]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Bob Dornan (incumbent) 87,690 59.5%
Democratic Jerry Yudelson 52,399 35.6%
Libertarian Bruce McKay 3,733 2.5%
Peace and Freedom Frank German 3,547 2.4%
Totals 147,369 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1990

United States House of Representatives elections, 1990[25]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Bob Dornan (incumbent) 60,561 58.1%
Democratic Barbara Jackson 43,693 41.9%
Totals 104,254 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1992

United States House of Representatives elections, 1992[26]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Steve Horn 92,038 48.6%
Democratic Evan Anderson Braude 82,108 43.4%
Peace and Freedom Paul Burton 8,391 4.4%
Libertarian Blake Ashley 6,756 3.6%
No party Brown (write-in) 14 0.0%
No party Venable (write-in) 14 0.0%
Totals 189,321 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

1994

United States House of Representatives elections, 1994[27]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Steve Horn (incumbent) 85,225 58.47%
Democratic Peter Mathews 53,681 36.83%
Libertarian Lester W. Mueller 3,795 2.60%
Peace and Freedom Richard K. Green 2,995 2.05%
No party Duke (write-in) 73 0.05%
Totals 145,769 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1996

United States House of Representatives elections, 1996[28]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Steve Horn (incumbent) 88,136 52.6%
Democratic Rick Zbur 71,627 42.8%
Green William Yeager 4,610 2.7%
Libertarian Paul Gautreau 3,272 1.9%
Totals 195,545 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1998

United States House of Representatives elections, 1998[29]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Steve Horn (incumbent) 88,136 52.93%
Democratic Peter Mathews 71,627 44.31%
Libertarian David Bowers 3,705 2.75%
Republican Margherita Underhill (write-in) 17 0.01%
Totals 163,485 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2000

United States House of Representatives elections, 2000[30]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Steve Horn (incumbent) 87,266 48.5%
Democratic Gerrie Shcipske 85,498 47.5%
Natural Law Karen Blasdell-Wilkinson 3,744 2.0%
Libertarian Jack Neglia 3,614 2.0%
Totals 180,122 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2002

United States House of Representatives elections, 2002[31]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Grace Napolitano (incumbent) 62,600 71.2%
Republican Alex A. Burrola 23,126 26.2%
Libertarian Al Cuperus 2,301 2.6%
Totals 88,027 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2004

United States House of Representatives elections, 2004[32]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Grace Napolitano (incumbent) 116,851 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2006

United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[33]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Grace Napolitano (incumbent) 75,181 75.4%
Republican Sidney W. Street 24,620 24.6%
Totals 99,801 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

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