Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district: Wikis

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Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district
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Current Representative Tim Murphy (R)
Population (2000) 646,374
Median income $44,938
Ethnicity 95.8% White, 2.0% Black, 1.3% Asian, 0.6% Hispanic, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% other
Cook PVI R+6

Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district includes parts of Washington County, Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties. Republican Tim Murphy has represented the district since 2003.

The district is predominantly white and suburban, although it contains a diverse range of suburbs. The eastern portion of the district contains some rural regions of Washington County, as well as the very wealthy suburbs located in the northern portion of this county, such as Peters Township. This portion of Washington County tends to be more Republican than the portion contained in the neighboring 12th District. Many of Allegheny County's southern suburbs of Pittsburgh are located in the district, which range from traditional wealth areas such as Mount Lebanon and Upper St. Clair, middle class communities such as Bethel Park and Brentwood, and working class labor towns such as Elizabeth.

The district also winds along the western suburbs at the edge of Allegheny County, including most of the large suburban commercial center of Monroeville, and in eastern Westmoreland County. Central Westmoreland County, including the recently Democratic city of Greensburg. The city hasn't voted Republican since 1995, according to the Election Bureau. It also contains the rural foothills areas of the county, which are located at the district's eastern end.

List of representatives

Representatives Party District Home Years Notes
District created in 1823
Patrick Farrelly Jacksonian DR Meadville March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1825 Redistricted from the 15th district
Jacksonian March 4, 1825 – January 12, 1826 Died
Vacant January 12, 1826 – January 13, 1826
Thomas H. Sill Adams Erie January 13, 1826 – March 3, 1827
Stephen Barlow Jacksonian Party Meadville March 4, 1827 – March 3, 1829
Thomas H. Sill Anti-Jacksonian Party Erie March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1831 Declined renomination
John Banks Anti-Masonic Party Mercer County March 4, 1831 – March 3, 1833 Redistricted to the 24th district
George Burd Anti-Jacksonian Party Carlisle March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1835 Redistricted from the13th district
Job Mann Jacksonian Party Bedford March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1837
Charles Ogle Anti-Masonic Party Somerset March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1841
Whig March 4, 1841 – May 10, 1841 Died
Vacant May 10, 1841 – June 28, 1841
Henry Black Whig Party Somerset June 28, 1841 – November 28, 1841 Died
Vacant November 28, 1841 – December 21, 1841
James M. Russell Whig Party Bedford County December 21, 1841 – March 3, 1843
Andrew Stewart Whig Party Uniontown March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1849 Declined renomination
Andrew J. Ogle Whig Party Somerset County March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1851 Unsuccessful candidate for reelection
John L. Dawson Democratic Party Springfield Township March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853 Redistricted to the 20th district
John McCulloch Whig Party Petersburg March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1855
John R. Edie Opposition Party Somerset March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1857
Republican Party March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1859
Samuel S. Blair Republican Party Hollidaysburg March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1863 Unsuccessful candidate for reelection
James T. Hale Independent Republican Bellefonte March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1865 Redistricted from the 15th district
Stephen F. Wilson Republican Party Wellsboro March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1869
William H. Armstrong Republican Party March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1871
Henry Sherwood Democratic Party Wellsboro March 4, 1871 – March 4, 1873 Unsuccessful candidate for reelection
Sobieski Ross Republican Party March 4, 1873 – March 4, 1875 Redistricted to the 16th district
William Stenger Democratic Party March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1879
Horatio G. Fisher Republican Party March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1883
Louis E. Atkinson Republican Party Mifflintown March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1893
Thaddeus M. Mahon Republican Party Chambersburg March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1903 Redistricted to the 17th district
Marlin E. Olmsted Republican Party Harrisburg March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1913 Redistricted from the 14th district
Aaron S. Kreider Republican Party Annville March 4, 1913]] – March 3, 1923 Unsuccessful candidate for reelection
Edward M. Beers Republican Party Huntingdon County March 4, 1923 – April 21, 1932 Died
Vacant April 11, 1932 – November 8, 1932
Joseph F. Biddle Republican Party Huntingdon November 8, 1932 – March 3, 1933
Benjamin K. Focht Republican Party Lewisburg March 4, 1933 – March 27, 1937 Died
Vacant March 27, 1937 – May 11, 1937
Richard M. Simpson Republican Party Huntingdon May 11, 1937]] – January 3, 1945]] Redistricted to the 17th district
John C. Kunkel Republican Party January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1951 Redistricted from the 19th district
Walter M. Mumma Republican Party January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1953 Redistricted to the 16th district
Richard M. Simpson Republican Party Huntingdon January 3, 1953 – January 7, 1960 Redistricted from the 17th district, Died
Vacant January 7, 1960 – April 26, 1960
Douglas H. Elliot Republican Party April 26, 1960 – June 19, 1960 Died
Vacant June 19, 1960 – November 8, 1960
J. Irving Whalley Republican Party November 8, 1960 – January 3, 1963 Redistricted to the 12th district
Robert J. Corbett Republican Party Pittsburgh January 3, 1963 – April 25, 1971 Redistricted from the 29th district, Died
Vacant April 25, 1971 – November 2, 1971
H. John Heinz III Republican Party Pittsburgh November 2, 1971 – January 3, 1977 Elected to the United States Senate
Doug Walgren Democratic Party January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1991 Unsuccessful candidate for reelection
Rick Santorum Republican Party January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1995 Elected to the United States Senate
Michael F. Doyle Democratic Party January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2003 Redistricted to the 14th district
Tim Murphy Republican Party January 3, 2003 – Present Incumbent

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