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Minnesota's 2nd congressional district
The 2nd congressional district of Minnesota since 2002
The 2nd congressional district of Minnesota since 2002
Current Representative John Kline (R)
Area 3035[1] mi² (7861 km²)
Distribution 80% urban, 20% rural
Population (2000) 614,934[2]
Median income $61,344
Ethnicity 93.2% White, 1.6% Black, 2.3% Asian, 2.6% Hispanic, 0.4% Native American, 1.1% other
Cook PVI R + 4

Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District covers the south Twin Cities metro area and contains all of Carver, Scott, Le Sueur, Goodhue and Rice Counties. It also contains most of Dakota County and south Washington County including the cities of Cottage Grove and the southern part of Woodbury. Burnsville and Eagan are the largest cities in the district.

Three of Minnesota’s most important rivers run through the district, the Mississippi River, the Minnesota River, and the St. Croix River. Interstate highways I-35 E and I-35 W merge in the district in addition to the north-south thoroughfares of U.S. Routes 169, 61, and 52 and the east-west Route 212. The suburban areas in the northern part of the district blend into the rural farmland in the south. The district's economy includes agriculture, small businesses, and large corporations.

Some of the largest employers in the district are Thomson North American Legal, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Northwest Airlines, 3M, Lockheed Martin, Cambria, and Red Wing Shoes.

The 2nd District is also home to two private liberal arts colleges: St. Olaf and Carleton, both in Northfield. Minnesota's largest amusement park, Valleyfair!, is in Shakopee, and Le Sueur, in the southwest part of the district, is the birthplace of the world famous Jolly Green Giant food products.

Two of Minnesota's oldest cities, Hastings and Red Wing are in the district. The district hosts heritage festivals and town celebrations, such as Kolacky days in Montgomery, the Pine Island Cheese festival, and Shakopee Derby Days.

Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District is currently represented by Republican John Kline (Lakeville), a retired United States Marine Corps Colonel. Kline was considered to be the most conservative member of the Minnesota delegation in the 109th Congress, scoring 100% conservative by a conservative group[3] and 3% progressive by a liberal group.[4] The district is Republican-leaning with a CPVI of R + 3.[5]


Historical Representation

Congress Representative Party
35th(1857–1859) William Wallace Phelps Democratic
36th - 37th(1859–1863) Cyrus Aldrich Republican
38th - 40th(1863–1869) Ignatius L. Donnelly Republican
39th(1869–1871) Eugene McLanahan Wilson Democratic
42nd(1871–1873) John T. Averill Republican
43rd - 45th(1873–1879) Horace B. Strait Republican
46th(1879–1881) Henry Poehler Democratic
47th(1881–1883) Horace B. Strait Republican
48th - 49th(1883–1887) James Wakefield Republican
50th -52nd(1887–1893) John Lind Republican
53rd - 59th(1893–1907) James McCleary Republican
60th - 63rd(1907–1915) Winfield Scott Hammond Democratic
64th - 66th(1915–1921) Franklin Ellsworth Republican
67th - 72nd(1921–1933) Frank Clague Republican
73rd(1933–1935) Ray P. Chase Republican
74th - 76th(1935–1941) Elmer Ryan Democratic
77th - 85th(1941–1959) Joseph P. O'Hara Republican
86th - 93rd(1959–1975) Ancher Nelsen Republican
94th - 97th(1975–1983) Tom Hagedorn Republican
98th - 102nd(1983–1993) Vin Weber Republican
103rd - 106th(1993–2001) David Minge Democratic
107th(2001–2003) Mark Kennedy Republican
108th - Incumbent(2003–) John Kline Republican




2008 Second Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Kline 220,926 57.3 +1.3
Democratic Steve Sarvi 164,079 42.5 -
N/A others 614 0.2 -


2006 Second Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Kline 163,292 56 -1
Democratic Coleen Rowley 116,360 40 -
Independence Doug Williams 10,802 4 +1


2004 Second Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Kline 206,313 57 +4
Democratic Teresa Daly 147,527 40 -
Independence Doug Williams 11,822 3 -


2002 Second Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Kline 152,533 53 -
Democratic Bill Luther 121,072 42 -
Independent Sam Garst 12,408 5 -



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