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California's 8th congressional district
United States House of Representatives, California District 8.png
Current Representative Nancy Pelosi (D)
Area 114 mi²
Distribution 100% urban, 0% rural
Population (2000) 639,088
Median income $52,322
Ethnicity 42.9% White, 8.6% Black, 28.7% Asian, 15.7% Hispanic, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% other
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California's 8th congressional district covers most of the City and County of San Francisco except for the southwestern parts of the city that are part of the 12th District.

The 8th district is one of the most reliably Democratic districts in the country, though progressive third parties like the Green Party often poll well in the district. It is geographically the smallest congressional district in the nation outside of New York City.[1] Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader from 2002 to 2007 and the current Speaker of the House, has represented the district since 1993 when the area was redistricted from the 5th district.

The 8th District gave John Kerry his best performance in California in 2004, taking in 84.2% of the vote. Barack Obama continued on this trend in 2008 when he received 85.22% of the vote in the district while John McCain received 12.38%.

Trends

Demographics

According to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, the district is 42.9% white, 28.7% Asian, 15.7% Hispanic and 8.6% black.

The 2000 U.S. Census also revealed that the 8th District contains the highest number of same-sex couples in the nation. Of 97,305 couples residing in the district, 7,521 (or 7.73%) were same-sex.[2] Included in the 8th District within the City of San Francisco is The Castro district, a well known gay neighborhood.

Voting

Election results from statewide races
Year Office Results
2008 President[3] Obama 85.2 - 12.4%
2006 Governor[4] Angelides 64.3 - 27.9%
Senator[5] Feinstein 80.4 - 7.7%
2004 President[6] Kerry 84.2 - 14.0%
Senator[7] Boxer 83.7 - 11.7%
2003 Recall[8][9] No 81.4 - 18.6%
Bustamante 64.7 - 17.8%
2002 Governor[10] Davis 66.7 - 13.9%
2000 President[11] Gore 76.7 - 14.6%
Senator[12] Feinstein 72.6 - 14.1%
1998 Governor
Senator
1996 President
1994 Governor
Senator
1992 President Clinton 75.6 - 15.9%
Senator Boxer 79.1 - 16.3%
Senator Feinstein 82.4 - 14.0%

List of Representatives

Counties Representative Party Dates Notes
Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare, Ventura Milton J. Daniels Republican 1903-03-04 – 1905-03-03 Newly created district
Sylvester C. Smith Republican 1905-03-04 – 1913-01-26 Died
Vacant 1913-01-27 – 1913-03-03
Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Ventura Everis A. Hayes Republican 1913-03-04 – 1919-03-03 Redistricted from 4th district
Lost re-election to Hersman
Hugh S. Hersman Democratic 1919-03-04 – 1921-03-03 Redistricted from 4th district
Lost re-election to Free
Arthur M. Free Republican 1921-03-04 – 1933-03-03 Redistricted from 4th district
Lost re-election to McGrath
Monterey, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz John J. McGrath Democratic 1933-03-04 – 1939-01-03 Lost re-election to Anderson
Jack Z. Anderson Republican 1939-01-03 – 1943-01-03 Redistricted to 10th district; retired
San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz 1943-01-03 – 1953-01-03
Alameda outside Oakland George Paul Miller Democratic 1953-01-03 – 1973-01-03 Redistricted from 6th district
Lost re-nomination to Stark
Pete Stark Democratic 1973-01-03 – 1975-01-03 Redistricted to 9th district
Alameda (Oakland) Ron Dellums Democratic 1975-01-03 – 1983-01-03 Redistricted from 7th district
Redistricted to 9th district
Alameda (Oakland), southwestern Contra Costa 1983-01-03 – 1993-01-03
Most of San Francisco Nancy Pelosi Democratic 1993-01-03 – present Redistricted from 5th district; incumbent

Election results

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1902

United States House of Representatives elections, 1902
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Milton J. Daniels 20,135 55.6%
Democratic William E. Smythe 15,819 40.8%
Socialist Noble A. Richardson 2,091 5.4%
Prohibition Ellsworth Leonardson 762 2.0%
Totals 38,807 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican win (new constituency)

1904

United States House of Representatives elections, 1904
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Sylvester C. Smith 23,683 55.6%
Democratic William T. Lucas 12,861 34.5%
Socialist Noble A. Richardson 4,636 9.9%
Prohibition Benjamin J. Cloes 1,430 3.4%
Totals 42,610 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1906

United States House of Representatives elections, 1906
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Sylvester C. Smith (inc.) 22,548 55.6%
Democratic Charles A. Barlow 13,992 34.5%
Socialist Noble A. Richardson 4,003 9.9%
Totals 40,543 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1908

United States House of Representatives elections, 1908
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Sylvester C. Smith (inc.) 28,202 50.5%
Democratic William G. Irving 18,958 33.9%
Socialist George A. Garrett 7,302 13.1%
Prohibition James S. Edwards 1,379 2.5%
Totals 45,831 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1910

United States House of Representatives elections, 1910
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Sylvester C. Smith (inc.) 28,202 50.5%
Democratic William G. Irving 18,958 33.9%
Socialist George A. Garrett 7,302 13.1%
Prohibition James S. Edwards 1,379 2.5%
Totals 45,831 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1912

United States House of Representatives elections, 1912
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Everis A. Hayes (incumbent) 29,861 50.9%
Democratic James B. Holohan 20,620 35.2%
Progressive Robert Whitaker 8,125 13.9%
Totals 58,606 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1914

United States House of Representatives elections, 1914
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Everis A. Hayes (incumbent) 36,499 49.1%
Progressive Lewis Dan Bohnett 33,706 45.3%
Prohibition Joseph Merritt Horton 4,157 5.6%
Totals 74,362 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1916

United States House of Representatives elections, 1916
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Everis A. Hayes (incumbent) 50,659 68.6%
Progressive George S. Walker 17,576 23.8%
Socialist Cora Pattleton Wilson 5,564 7.5%
Totals 73,799 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1918

United States House of Representatives elections, 1918
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Hugh S. Hersman 31,167 53%
Republican Everis A. Hayes (incumbent) 27,641 47%
Totals 58,808 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic gain from Republican

1920

United States House of Representatives elections, 1920[13]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Arthur M. Free 46,823 64%
Democratic Hugh S. Hersman (inc.) 26,311 36%
Totals 73,134 100%
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

1922

United States House of Representatives elections, 1922[14]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Arthur M. Free (incumbent) 57,926 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1924

United States House of Representatives elections, 1924[15]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Arthur M. Free (incumbent) 55,713 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1926

United States House of Representatives elections, 1926[16]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Arthur M. Free (incumbent) 60,384 67.7%
Democratic Philip G. Sheehy 28,836 32.3%
Totals 89,220 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1928

United States House of Representatives elections, 1928[17]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Arthur M. Free (incumbent) 80,613 68%
Democratic Cecelia M. Casserly 37,947 32%
Totals 118,560 100%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1930

United States House of Representatives elections, 1930[18]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Arthur M. Free (incumbent) 93,377 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1932

United States House of Representatives elections, 1932[19]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic John J. McGrath 65,455 56.9%
Republican Arthur M. Free (incumbent) 49,487 43.1%
Totals 114,942 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic gain from Republican

1934

United States House of Representatives elections, 1934[20]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic John J. McGrath (incumbent) 107,325 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1936

United States House of Representatives elections, 1936[21]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic John J. McGrath (incumbent) 78,557 57.6%
Republican Alonzo L. Baker 57,808 43.4%
Totals 136,365 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1938

United States House of Representatives elections, 1938[22]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Jack Z. Anderson 84,084 55%
Democratic John J. McGrath (incumbent) 68,681 45%
Totals 152,765 100%
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

1940

United States House of Representatives elections, 1940[23]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Jack Z. Anderson (inc.) 148,180 96.7%
Communist Elizabeth Nichols 5,186 3.3%
Democratic John J. McGrath (write-in) 37 0.1%
Totals 153,403 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1942

United States House of Representatives elections, 1942[24]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Jack Z. Anderson (inc.) 91,536 99.9%
Communist Elizabeth Nichols (write-in) 102 0.1%
Totals 91,638 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1944

United States House of Representatives elections, 1944[25]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Jack Z. Anderson (inc.) 94,218 56.5%
Democratic Arthur L. Johnson 72,420 43.5%
Totals 166,638 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1946

United States House of Representatives elections, 1946[26]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Jack Z. Anderson (inc.) 113,325 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1948

United States House of Representatives elections, 1948[27]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Jack Z. Anderson (inc.) 161,743 79.9%
Progressive Paul Taylor 40,670 20.1%
Totals 202,413 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1950

United States House of Representatives elections, 1950[28]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican Jack Z. Anderson (inc.) 168,510 83.1%
Progressive John A. Peterson 34,176 16.9%
Totals 202,686 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1952

United States House of Representatives elections, 1952[29]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic George P. Miller (incumbent) 156,445 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1954

United States House of Representatives elections, 1954[30]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic George P. Miller (incumbent) 101,803 65.4%
Republican Jessie M. Ritchie 53,869 34.6%
Totals 155,672 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1956

United States House of Representatives elections, 1956[31]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic George P. Miller (incumbent) 136,720 65.6%
Republican Robert Lee Watkins 71,700 34.4%
Totals 208,420 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1958

United States House of Representatives elections, 1958[32]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic George P. Miller (incumbent) 181,437 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1960

United States House of Representatives elections, 1960[33]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic George P. Miller (incumbent) 152,476 62%
Republican Robert E. Hannon 93,403 38%
Totals 245,879 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1962

United States House of Representatives elections, 1962[34]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic George P. Miller (incumbent) 97,014 72.5%
Republican Harold Petersen 36,810 27.5%
Totals 133,824 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1964

United States House of Representatives elections, 1964[35]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic George P. Miller (incumbent) 108,771 70.3%
Republican Donald E. McKay 46,063 29.7%
Totals 154,834 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1966

United States House of Representatives elections, 1966[36]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic George P. Miller (incumbent) 92,263 65.4%
Republican Raymond P. Britton 48,727 34.6%
Totals 140,990 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1968

United States House of Representatives elections, 1968[37]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic George P. Miller (incumbent) 104,231 64%
Republican Raymond P. Britton 58,584 36%
Totals 162,815 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1970

United States House of Representatives elections, 1970[38]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic George P. Miller (incumbent) 104,311 69%
Republican Michael A. Crane 46,872 31%
Totals 151,183 100%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1972

United States House of Representatives elections, 1972[39]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Pete Stark 101,024 52.9%
Republican Lew M. Warden, Jr. 89,948 47.1%
Totals 190,972 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1974

United States House of Representatives elections, 1974[40]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Ron Dellums (incumbent) 93,106 56.6%
Republican Jack Redden 65,432 39.6%
American Independent John Holland 6,324 3.8%
Totals 164,862 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1976

United States House of Representatives elections, 1976[41]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Ron Dellums (incumbent) 122,342 62.1%
Republican Philip Stiles Breck Jr. 68,374 34.7%
Peace and Freedom Robert J. Evans 6,238 3.2%
Totals 196,954 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1978

United States House of Representatives elections, 1978[42]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Ron Dellums (incumbent) 94,824 57.4%
Republican Charles V. Hughes 70,481 42.6%
Totals 165,305 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1980

United States House of Representatives elections, 1980[43]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Ron Dellums (incumbent) 108,380 55.5%
Republican Charles V. Hughes 76,580 39.2%
Libertarian Tod Mikuriya 10,465 5.4%
Totals 195,425 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1982

United States House of Representatives elections, 1982[44]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Ron Dellums (incumbent) 121,537 55.9%
Republican Claude B. Hutchinson Jr. 95,694 44.1%
Totals 217,231 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1984

United States House of Representatives elections, 1984[45]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Ron Dellums (incumbent) 144,316 60.3%
Republican Charles Connor 94,907 39.7%
Totals 239,223 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1986

United States House of Representatives elections, 1986[46]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Ron Dellums (incumbent) 121,790 60.0%
Republican Steven Eigenberg 76,850 37.9%
Peace and Freedom Lawrence R. Manuel 4,295 2.1%
Totals 202,935 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1988

United States House of Representatives elections, 1988[47]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Ron Dellums (incumbent) 163,221 66.6%
Republican John J. Cuddihy, Jr. 76,531 31.2%
Peace and Freedom Tom Condit 5,444 2.2%
Totals 245,196 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1990

United States House of Representatives elections, 1990[48]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Ron Dellums (incumbent) 119,645 61.3%
Republican Barbara Galewski 75,544 38.7%
Totals 195,189 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1992

United States House of Representatives elections, 1992[49]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 191,906 82.5%
Republican Marc Wolin 25,693 11.0%
Peace and Freedom Cesar G. Cadabes 7,572 3.3%
Libertarian James R. Elwood 7,511 3.2%
No party Goldwater (write-in) 9 0.0%
Totals 222,691 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1994

United States House of Representatives elections, 1994[50]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 137,642 81.85%
Republican Elsa C. Cheung 30,528 18.15%
No party Bowman (write-in) 1 0.00%
Totals 168,171 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1996

United States House of Representatives elections, 1996[51]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 175,216 84.4%
Republican Justin Raimondo 25,739 12.4%
Natural Law David Smithstein 6,783 3.2%
Republican Ed Murray (write-in) 22 0.0%
Totals 207,760 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1998

United States House of Representatives elections, 1998[52]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 148,027 85.83%
Republican David J. Martz 20,781 12.05%
Natural Law David Smithstein 6,783 2.12%
Totals 175,591 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2000

United States House of Representatives elections, 2000[53]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 181,847 84.5%
Republican Adam Sparks 25,298 11.7%
Libertarian Erik Bauman 5,645 2.6%
Natural Law David Smithstein 2,638 1.2%
Totals 215,428 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2002

United States House of Representatives elections, 2002[54]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 127,684 79.6%
Republican G. Michael German 20,063 12.6%
Green Jay Pond 10,033 6.2%
Libertarian Ira Spivack 2,659 1.6%
Socialist Workers Deborah Liatos (write-in) 2 0.0%
Totals 160,441 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2004

United States House of Representatives elections, 2004[55]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 224,017 83.0%
Republican Jennifer Depalma 31,074 11.5%
Green Leilani Dowell 9,527 3.5%
Green Terry Baum (write-in) 5,446 2.0%
Totals 270,064 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2006

United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[56]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 148,435 80.4%
Republican Mike DeNunzio 19,800 10.8%
Green Krissy Keefer 13,653 7.4%
Libertarian Philip Zimt Berg 2,751 1.4%
Totals 184,639 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2008

United States House of Representatives elections, 2008[57]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 134,767 71.7%
Independent Cindy Sheehan 31,445 16.8%
Republican Dana Walsh 17,477 9.3%
Libertarian Philip Zimt Berg 4,296 2.2%
Totals 187,985 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

References

  1. ^ List of United States congressional districts by area
  2. ^ 2000 Census information on Gay and Lesbian Couples, by congressional district
  3. ^ (2008 President)
  4. ^ Statement of Vote (2006 Governor)
  5. ^ Statement of Vote (2006 Senator)
  6. ^ Statement of Vote (2004 President)
  7. ^ Statement of Vote (2004 Senator)
  8. ^ Statement of Vote (2003 Recall Question)
  9. ^ Statement of Vote (2003 Governor)
  10. ^ Statement of Vote (2002 Governor)
  11. ^ Statement of Vote (2000 President)
  12. ^ Statement of Vote (2000 Senator)
  13. ^ 1920 election results
  14. ^ 1922 election results
  15. ^ 1924 election results
  16. ^ 1926 election results
  17. ^ 1928 election results
  18. ^ 1930 election results
  19. ^ 1932 election results
  20. ^ 1934 election results
  21. ^ 1936 election results
  22. ^ 1938 election results
  23. ^ 1940 election results
  24. ^ 1942 election results
  25. ^ 1944 election results
  26. ^ 1946 election results
  27. ^ 1948 election results
  28. ^ 1950 election results
  29. ^ 1952 election results
  30. ^ 1954 election results
  31. ^ 1956 election results
  32. ^ 1958 election results
  33. ^ 1960 election results
  34. ^ 1962 election results
  35. ^ 1964 election results
  36. ^ 1966 election results
  37. ^ 1968 election results
  38. ^ 1970 election results
  39. ^ 1972 election results
  40. ^ 1974 election results
  41. ^ 1976 election results
  42. ^ 1978 election results
  43. ^ 1980 election results
  44. ^ 1982 election results
  45. ^ 1984 election results
  46. ^ 1986 election results
  47. ^ 1988 election results
  48. ^ 1990 election results
  49. ^ 1992 election results
  50. ^ 1994 election results
  51. ^ 1996 election results
  52. ^ 1998 election results
  53. ^ 2000 election results
  54. ^ 2002 general election results
  55. ^ 2004 general election results
  56. ^ 2006 general election results
  57. ^ 2008 general election results

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Preceded by
Illinois' 14th congressional district
Home district of the Speaker of the House
January 4, 2007–present
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