Indiana's 8th congressional district: Wikis

Advertisements
  
  

Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Encyclopedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Indiana's 8th congressional district
Map of Indiana's Eighth Congressional District
Map of Indiana's Eighth Congressional District
Current Representative Brad Ellsworth (D)
Area 7,041.64 mi² (18,237.85 km²)
Population (2000) 675,564
Median income $36,732
Ethnicity 94.2% White, 3.7% Black, 0.6% Asian, 0.9% Hispanic, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% other
Cook PVI R+8

United States House of Representatives, Indiana District 8 or The Bloody Eighth as it is it locally referred, is a district of the United States Congress in southwestern and west central Indiana. Based in Evansville, it was widened when Indiana lost a seat after the 2000 Census to include much of the former 5th and 7th Districts. At that time, Bloomington (the home of former representative Frank McCloskey) was moved into the 9th District, while the 8th was extended northward to include much of the former 7th district in west-central Indiana, including Terre Haute. As a result of this expansion, the district is the largest in area in Indiana with all or part of 18 Indiana Counties.

Contents

Counties located in Indiana's 8th Congressional District

#
County
#
County
#
County
#
County
#
County
#
County
11
Clay

Brazil
26,556
14
Daviess

Washington
30,726
23
Fountain*

Covington
17,954
26
Gibson

Princeton
39,750
28
Greene

Bloomfield
33,750
42
Knox

Vincennes
38,920
51
Martin

Shoals
10,370
60
Owen

Spencer
21,790
61
Parke

Rockville
17,250
63
Pike

Petersburg
12,840
65
Posey

Mt. Vernon
27,500
67
Putnam

Greencastle
36,020
77
Sullivan

Sullivan
21,750
82
Vanderburgh

Evansville
191,220
83
Vermillion

Newport
16,790
84
Vigo

Terre Haute
105,900
86
Warren

Williamsport
8,500
87
Warrick

Boonville
59,700
Advertisements

Cities of 10,000 or more people

(2007 Estimate)

5,000 - 10,000 people

(2007 Estimate)

History

Indiana congressional districts before and after the most recent redcistricting

The district has been nicknamed the "Bloody Eighth" because of a series of hard-fought tight campaigns and political reversals.[1] It ousted six incumbents from 1966 to 1982. The election in 1984 was so close that it was decided in Congress. The Eight Districts consists largely of both moderate republicans and blue dog democrats both which could go either way. In fact in local politics, the republican candidates are often more liberal than the democratic candidates.

In 2000, a New York Times reporter said of the district: "With a populist streak and a conservative bent, this district does not cotton to country-club Republicans or to social-engineering liberals," and also said "More than 95 percent white and about 41 percent rural, the region shares much of the flavor of the Bible Belt."[2]

It is currently represented by Brad Ellsworth, a conservative Democrat. As a result of Ellsworth's landslide defeat of 12-year incumbent John Hostettler, it was the first district picked up by the Democrats on election night, 2006.[3]

List of representatives

Representative Party Years District home Notes
District created March 4, 1843
John Pettit Democratic March 4, 1843 - March 3, 1849
Joseph E. McDonald Democratic March 4, 1849 - March 3, 1851
Daniel Mace Democratic March 4, 1851 - March 3, 1855
Opposition March 4, 1855 - March 3, 1857
James Wilson Republican March 4, 1857 - March 3, 1861
Albert S. White Republican March 4, 1861 - March 3, 1863
Godlove S. Orth Republican March 4, 1863 - March 3, 1869 Redistricted to the 7th district
James N. Tyner Republican March 4, 1869 - March 3, 1875 elected in special election to fill vacancy due to death of Rep-elect Daniel D. Pratt
Morton C. Hunter Republican March 4, 1875 - March 3, 1879 Redistricted from the 6th district
Abraham J. Hostetler Democratic March 4, 1879 - March 3, 1881
Robert B. F. Peirce Republican March 4, 1881 - March 3, 1883
John E. Lamb Democratic March 4, 1883 - March 3, 1885
James T. Johnston Republican March 4, 1885 - March 3, 1889
Elijah V. Brookshire Democratic March 4, 1889 - March 3, 1895
George W. Faris Republican March 4, 1895 - March 3, 1897 Redistricted to the 5th district
Charles L. Henry Republican March 4, 1897 - March 3, 1899 Redistricted from the 7th district
George W. Cromer Republican March 4, 1899 - March 3, 1907
John A. M. Adair Democratic March 4, 1907 - March 3, 1917
Albert H. Vestal Republican March 4, 1917 - April 1, 1932 Died
Vacant April 1, 1932 - March 4, 1933
John W. Boehne, Jr. Democratic March 4, 1933 - January 3, 1943 Redistricted from the 1st district
Charles M. La Follette Republican January 3, 1943 - January 3, 1947
E. A. Mitchell Republican January 3, 1947 - January 3, 1949
Winfield K. Denton Democratic January 3, 1949 - January 3, 1953
D. Bailey Merrill Republican January 3, 1953 - January 3, 1955
Winfield K. Denton Democratic January 3, 1955 - December 30, 1966 Resigned
Vacant December 30, 1966 - January 3, 1967
Roger H. Zion Republican January 3, 1967 - January 3, 1975
Philip H. Hayes Democratic January 3, 1975 - January 3, 1977
David L. Cornwell Democratic January 3, 1977 - January 3, 1979
H. Joel Deckard Republican January 3, 1979 - January 3, 1983
Frank McCloskey Democratic January 3, 1983 - January 3, 1985
Vacant January 3, 1985 - May 1, 1985 Election contested from January 3 to May 1, 1985. Congress refused to seat anyone.
Frank McCloskey Democratic May 1, 1985 - January 3, 1995 Final recount won by McCloskey, taking seat May 1, 1985 in disputed election.
John Hostettler Republican January 3, 1995 - January 3, 2007
Brad Ellsworth Democratic January 3, 2007 - Present Incumbent

2006

General election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Brad Ellsworth 128,765 61.1%
Republican John Hostettler (incumbent) 82,271 38.9%
Turnout 211,036
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

2008

General election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Brad Ellsworth (incumbent) 188,693 64.7%
Republican Greg Goode 102,769 35.3%
Turnout 291,462 60%
Democratic hold Swing

Neighboring Districts

References

External links


Advertisements






Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message