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Virginia's 7th congressional district
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Current Representative Eric Cantor (R)
Population (2000) 643,499
Median income $50,990
Ethnicity 79.1% White, 16.2% Black, 2.3% Asian, 2.0% Hispanic, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% other
Cook PVI R+9

Virginia's Seventh Congressional District is a U.S. congressional district in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The district is currently represented by Republican Congressman Eric Cantor (the current House Minority Whip), first elected in 2000.

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Voting

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2008 President McCain 53 - 46%
2004 President Bush 61 - 38%
2000 President Bush 61 - 37%

Geography

The district stretches from the west end of Richmond and its suburbs in Henrico and portions of Chesterfield Counties, through Montpelier, Culpeper and northward to Page and Rappahannock Counties. Its current configuration dates from 1993, when Virginia was forced to create a majority-minority district by a Justice Department directive. At that time, most of Richmond, which had been entirely in the old 3rd District for over a century, was shifted to a newly created 3rd District. The remaining territory in the old 3rd was combined with some more rural areas to the north to form the new 7th District.

Prior to 1993, the 7th District stretched from the fringes of the Washington, D.C. suburbs to Charlottesville. It included the far northern portion of the Shenandoah Valley, as well as Manassas and Fredericksburg.

Demographics

The total population of the district is 643,499. Median Age for the district is 37.1 years. 79.1% of the district is white, 16.2% Black or African American, 2.3% Asian and 2.0% Hispanic or Latino. Owner-occupied housing is 72.8% and Renter-occupied housing is 27.2%. The median value of single-family owner-occupied homes is $128,800. 84.9% of the district population has at least a High School degree, 33.2% at least a Bachelor's degree or higher. 13.5% of the district are civilian veterans. 15.9% are of disability status (5 years or older). 4.8% are Foreign born and 6.8% speak a language other than English at home. 68.6% of the district is in the labor force, which consists of those 16 years and older. Mean travel time to work is 26.3 minutes. Median household income is $50,990. Per capita income is $25,861. 4.4% of the population account for families living below the poverty level, and 6.1% of individuals live below the poverty level.[1]

List of Representatives

Representative Lived Party Term Note
District created: March 4, 1789
John Page (1744-1808) Anti-Administration March 4, 1789 - March 3, 1793 Redistricted to the 12th district
Abraham B. Venable (1758-1811) Anti-Administration March 4, 1793 - March 3, 1795 Redistricted from the 6th district
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 - March 3, 1799 Retired
John Randolph (1773-1833) Democratic-Republican March 4, 1799 - March 3, 1803 Redistricted to the 15th district
Joseph Lewis, Jr. (1772-1834) Federalist March 4, 1803 - March 3, 1813 Redistricted to the 8th district
Hugh Caperton (1781-1847) Federalist March 4, 1813 - March 3, 1815 Defeated
Ballard Smith Democratic-Republican March 4, 1815 - March 3, 1821 Defeated
William Smith Democratic-Republican March 4, 1821 - March 3, 1823 Redistricted to the 21st district
Jabez Leftwich (1765-1855) Crawford D-R March 4, 1823 - March 3, 1825 Redistricted from the 14th district, Defeated
Nathaniel H. Claiborne (1777-1859)) Jacksonian March 4, 1825 - March 3, 1835 Changed parties
Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1835 - March 3, 1837 Defeated
Archibald Stuart (1795-1855) Democratic March 4, 1837 - March 3, 1839 Defeated
William L. Goggin (1807-1870) Whig March 4, 1839 - March 3, 1843 Defeated
Henry A. Wise (1806-1876) Democratic March 4, 1843 - February 12, 1844 Redistricted from the 8th district, Resigned
Vacant February 13, 1844 - May 5, 1844 Special election
Thomas H. Bayly (1810-1856) Democratic May 6, 1844 - March 3, 1853 Redistricted to the 1st district
William Smith (1797-1887) Democratic March 4, 1853 - March 3, 1861 Resigned
Civil War
Vacant March 4, 1861 - May 22, 1862 Special election May 23, 1861
Charles H. Upton (1812-1877) Unionist May 23, 1861 - February 27, 1862 Declared not entitled to seat
Vacant February 28, 1862 - February 15, 1863 Special election
Lewis McKenzie (1810-1895) Unionist February 16, 1863 - March 3, 1863
Vacant March 4, 1863 - 1865
Reconstruction
Representation inactive 1865 - January 31, 1870 Readmission to the Union
Lewis McKenzie (1810-1895) Conservative January 31, 1870 - March 3, 1871 Defeated
Elliott M. Braxton (1823-1891) Democratic March 4, 1871 - March 3, 1873 Defeated
John T. Harris (1823-1899) Democratic March 4, 1873 - March 3, 1881 Redistricted from the 6th district, Retired
John Paul (1839-1901) Readjuster March 4, 1881 - September 5, 1883 Appointed as judge of United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
Vacant September 6, 1883 - May 4, 1884
Charles T. O'Ferrall (1840-1905) Democratic May 5, 1884 - December 28, 1893 Declared representative after contesing election, Elected Governor of Virginia
Vacant December 29, 1893 - January 29, 1894 Special election
Smith S. Turner (1842-1898) Democratic January 30, 1894 - March 3, 1897 Retired
James Hay (1856-1931) Democratic March 4, 1897 - October 1, 1916 Appt. judge U.S. Court of Claims
Vacant October 2, 1916 - November 6, 1916
Thomas W. Harrison (1856-1935) Democratic November 7, 1916 - December 15, 1922 Election successfully contested
John Paul (1883-1964) Republican December 15, 1922 - March 3, 1923 Defeated
Thomas W. Harrison (1856-1935) Democratic March 4, 1923 - March 3, 1929 Defeated
Jacob A. Garber (1879-1953) Republican March 4, 1929 - March 3, 1931 Defeated
John W. Fishburne (1868-1937) Democratic March 4, 1931 - March 3, 1933 Retired
State using at-large format March 4, 1933 - January 3, 1935
A. Willis Robertson (1887-1971) Democratic January 3, 1935 - November 5, 1946 Redistricted from the At-large district, Elected to U.S. Senate
Burr P. Harrison (1904-1973) Democratic November 5, 1946 - January 3, 1963 Retired
John O. Marsh, Jr. (b. 1926) Democratic January 3, 1963 - January 3, 1971 Retired
J. Kenneth Robinson (1916-1990) Republican January 3, 1971 - January 3, 1985 Retired
D. French Slaughter, Jr. (1925-1998) Republican January 3, 1985 - November 5, 1991 Resigned due to illness
George Allen (b. 1952) Republican November 5, 1991 - January 3, 1993 Ran for VA Governor
Thomas J. Bliley, Jr. (b. 1932) Republican January 3, 1993 - January 3, 2001 Redistricted from the 3rd district, Retired
Eric I. Cantor (b. 1963) Republican January 3, 2001 - Current

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