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South Carolina's 2nd congressional district
United States House of Representatives, South Carolina District 2 map.png
Current Representative Joe Wilson (R)
Population (2000) 668,668
Median income $42,915
Ethnicity 69.5% White, 26.4% Black, 1.2% Asian, 3.3% Hispanic, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% other
Cook PVI R+9

The 2nd Congressional District of South Carolina is a congressional district in central and eastern South Carolina. It includes all of Lexington, Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Allendale and Barnwell counties; almost all of Richland County and parts of Aiken, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties. It is based in the state capital, Columbia; other major cities in the district are Beaufort and Hilton Head Island.

The district has been based in Columbia since 1933, when South Carolina lost a district as a result of the 1930 Census; before then, much of its territory had been the 6th District. It assumed its current configuration after the 1990 Census, when most of its black residents were drawn into the 7th District.

It has been in Republican hands since 1965, when the district's second-term Democratic congressman, Albert Watson, switched parties. The district's best-known congressman, Floyd Spence, represented the district for over 30 years and was chairman of the House Armed Services Committee from 1995 to 2001, when he died a few months after being elected to a 16th term. He was succeeded in a special election by one of his former aides, state senator Joe Wilson, who continues to hold the seat.

Wilson's most recent opponent was Rob Miller, who won 46% of the vote in 2008—the closest race in the district in 20 years. Miller is seeking a rematch in 2010.

List of representatives

Name Took Office Left Office Party District Residence Notes
Aedanus Burke March 4, 1789 March 3, 1791 Anti-Administration
Robert Barnwell March 4, 1791 March 3, 1793 Pro-Administration
John Hunter March 4, 1793 March 3, 1795 Anti-Administration
Wade Hampton March 4, 1795 March 3, 1797 Democratic-Republican
John Rutledge, Jr. March 4, 1797 March 3, 1803 Federalist
William Butler March 4, 1803 March 3, 1813 Democratic-Republican Mount Willing redistricted from the 5th district
William Lowndes March 4, 1813 May 8, 1822 Democratic-Republican Charleston redistricted from the 4th district, Resigned
James Hamilton, Jr. December 13, 1822 March 3, 1823 Democratic-Republican Charleston
March 4, 1823 March 3, 1825 Jacksonian D-R
March 4, 1825 March 3, 1829 Jackson
Robert W. Barnwell March 4, 1829 March 3, 1831 Jackson Beaufort
March 4, 1831 March 3, 1833 Nullifier
William J. Grayson March 4, 1833 March 3, 1837 Nullifier Beaufort
Robert Rhett March 4, 1837 March 3, 1843 Democratic redistricted to the 7th district
Richard F. Simpson March 4, 1843 March 3, 1849 Democratic Pendleton
James L. Orr March 4, 1849 March 3, 1853 Democratic Anderson redistricted to the 5th district
William Aiken, Jr. March 4, 1853 March 3, 1857 Democratic Charleston redistricted from the 6th district
William P. Miles March 4, 1857 December 24, 1860 Democratic Charleston Retired
Civil War - Occupation and Reconstruction
Christopher C. Bowen July 20, 1868 March 3, 1871 Republican Charleston
Robert C. De Large March 4, 1871 January 24, 1873 Republican Charleston Seat declared vacant
Alonzo J. Ransier March 4, 1873 March 3, 1875 Republican Charleston
Edmund W.M. Mackey March 4, 1875 July 19, 1876 Independent Republican Charleston seat declared vacant
Charles W. Buttz November 7, 1876 March 3, 1877 Republican Charleston
Richard H. Cain March 4, 1877 March 3, 1879 Republican Charleston
Michael P. O'Connor March 4, 1879 March 3, 1881 Democratic Charleston contested election at end of term
Samuel Dibble June 9, 1881 May 31, 1882 Democratic Charleston won contested election
Edmund W.M. Mackey May 31, 1882 March 3, 1883 Republican Charleston redistricted to the 7th district
George D. Tillman March 4, 1883 March 3, 1893 Democratic Edgefield
W. Jasper Talbert March 4, 1893 March 3, 1903 Democratic Parksville
George W. Croft March 4, 1903 March 10, 1904 Democratic Aiken Died
Theodore G. Croft May 17, 1904 March 3, 1905 Democratic Aiken
James O'H. Patterson March 4, 1905 March 3, 1911 Democratic Barnwell
James F. Byrnes March 4, 1911 March 3, 1925 Democratic Aiken
Butler B. Hare March 4, 1925 March 3, 1933 Democratic Saluda
Hampton Fulmer March 4, 1933 October 19, 1944 Democratic Orangeburg redistricted from the 7th district, Died
Willa L. Fulmer November 7, 1944 January 3, 1945 Democratic Orangeburg
John J. Riley January 3, 1945 January 3, 1949 Democratic Sumter
Hugo S. Sims, Jr. January 3, 1949 January 3, 1951 Democratic Orangeburg
John J. Riley January 3, 1951 January 1, 1962 Democratic Sumter Died
Corinne Boyd Riley April 10, 1962 January 3, 1963 Democratic Sumter
Albert Watson January 3, 1963 February 1, 1965 Democratic Columbia Resigned
June 15, 1965 January 3, 1971 Republican Ran for own vacancy as a Republican and won
Floyd Spence January 3, 1971 August 16, 2001 Republican West Columbia, then Lexington Died
Joe Wilson December 18, 2001 Present Republican Springdale, then West Columbia Incumbent

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