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Virginia's 8th congressional district
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Current Representative Jim Moran (D)
Population (2000) 643,503
Median income $92,181
Ethnicity 64.5% White, 13.7% Black, 9.5% Asian, 16.4% Hispanic, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% other
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Virginia's Eighth Congressional District is a U.S. congressional district in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The residents of the 8th District are currently represented by Democratic Congressman Jim Moran, first elected to the 8th's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990.

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Voting

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2008 President Obama 69 - 30%
2004 President Kerry 64 - 35%
2000 President Gore 58 - 38%

Geography

Encompassing much of Northern Virginia's suburbs of Washington, D.C., Virginia's 8th District includes Arlington County, parts of Fairfax County, and the independent cities of Alexandria and Falls Church.

Demographics

As of 2000, the district has 643,503 residents, 64.5% are white, 13.7% are African American, 9.5% are Asian and 16.4% are Hispanic.[1]

Virginia's eighth congressional district is traditionally a Democratic stronghold, most notably in the urban communities of Arlington and Alexandria.

The Colbert Report

The district was shown as part of Stephen Colbert's Better Know a District series. A map of the 11th district was shown incorrectly for fun and Jim Moran was shown jokingly getting annoyed with Colbert and finally throwing a 'punch' at Colbert, as Moran is a former boxer and has a reputation for a bad temper.

2008 Election

Candidates for this District in 2008 include Ron Fisher(IG), Ellmore (R), and Jim Moran (D).

Here are the results of the June 10, 2008 primary:

Democratic
Jim Moran 11,815 86.60%
Matt Famiglietti 1,827 13.39%
Republican
Ellmore 3,292 56.09%
Singh 2,577 43.90%

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List of Representatives

Representative Lived Party Term Note
District created: March 4, 1789
Josiah Parker (1751-1810) Anti-Administration March 4, 1789 - March 3, 1793 Redistricted to the 11th district
Thomas Claiborne (1749-1812) Anti-Administration March 4, 1793 - March 3, 1795
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 - March 3, 1799 Defeated
Samuel Goode (1756-1822) Democratic-Republican March 4, 1799 - March 3, 1801 Defeated
Thomas Claiborne (1749-1812) Democratic-Republican March 4, 1801 - March 3, 1803 Redistricted to the 17th district
Walter Jones (1745-1815) Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 - March 3, 1811 Retired
John P. Hungerford (1761-1833) Democratic-Republican March 4, 1811 - November 29, 1811 Election successfully contested
John Taliaferro (1768-1852) Democratic-Republican November 29, 1811 - March 3, 1813 Defeated
Joseph Lewis, Jr. (1772-1834) Federalist March 4, 1813 - March 3, 1817 Redistricted from the 7th district, Defeated
Charles F. Mercer (1778-1858) Federalist March 4, 1817 - March 3, 1823 Redistricted to the 14th district
Burwell Bassett (1764-1841) Crawford D-R March 4, 1823 - March 3, 1825 Redistricted from the 13th district
Jackson March 4, 1825 - March 3, 1829 Defeated
Richard Coke, Jr. (1790-1851) Jackson March 4, 1829 - March 3, 1833 Retired
Henry A. Wise (1806-1876) Jackson March 4, 1833 - March 3, 1837 Changed parties
Whig March 4, 1837 - March 3, 1843 Redistricted to the 7th district
Willoughby Newton (1802-1874) Whig March 4, 1843 - March 3, 1845 Defeated
Robert M. T. Hunter (1809-1887) Democratic March 4, 1845 - March 3, 1847 Elected to U.S. Senate
Richard L. T. Beale (1819-1893) Democratic March 4, 1847 - March 3, 1849 Retired
Alexander R. Holladay (1811-1877) Democratic March 4, 1849 - March 3, 1853 Retired
Charles J. Faulkner, Sr. (1806-1884) Democratic March 4, 1853 - March 3, 1859 Redistricted from the 10th district, Appointed Minister to France
Alexander R. Boteler (1815-1892) Opposition March 4, 1859 - March 3, 1861 Resigned
Civil War and Reconstruction
James K. Gibson (1812-1879) Conservative January 28, 1870 - March 3, 1871 Retired
William Terry (1824-1888) Democratic March 4, 1871 - March 3, 1873 Defeated
Eppa Hunton, II (1822-1908) Democratic March 4, 1873 - March 3, 1881 Retired
John S. Barbour, Jr. (1820-1892) Democratic March 4, 1881 - March 3, 1887 Retired
William H. F. Lee (1837-1891) Democratic March 4, 1887 - October 15, 1891 Died
Vacant October 16, 1891 - December 8, 1891 Special election
Elisha E. Meredith (1848-1900) Democratic December 9, 1891 - March 3, 1897 Retired
John F. Rixey (1854-1907) Democratic March 4, 1897 - February 8, 1907 Died
Vacant February 9, 1907 - November 4, 1907
Charles C. Carlin (1866-1938) Democratic November 5, 1907 - March 3, 1919 Resigned
Vacant March 4, 1919 - April 26, 1919 Special election April 1919
R. Walton Moore (1859-1941) Democratic April 27, 1919 - March 3, 1931 Retired
Howard W. Smith (1883-1976) Democratic March 4, 1931 - March 3, 1933 Redistricted to the At-large district
State using at-large format March 4, 1933 - January 3, 1935
Howard W. Smith (1883-1976) Democratic January 3, 1935 - January 3, 1967 Redistricted from the At-large district, Defeated
William L. Scott (1915-1997) Republican January 3, 1967 - January 3, 1973 Elected to U.S. Senate
Stanford E. Parris (b. 1929) Republican January 3, 1973 - January 3, 1975 Defeated
Herbert E. Harris II (b. 1926) Democratic January 3, 1975 - January 3, 1981 Defeated
Stanford E. Parris (b. 1929) Republican January 3, 1981 - January 3, 1991 Defeated
James P. Moran, Jr. (b. 1945) Democratic January 3, 1991 - Current

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