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Washington's 1st congressional district
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Current Representative Jay Inslee (D)
Population (2000) 654,904
Median income $58,565
Ethnicity 83.8% White, 1.8% Black, 7.9% Asian, 4.3% Hispanic, 0.9% Native American, 0.6% other
Cook PVI D+9

The First Congressional District of Washington encompasses part of northwest Seattle and largely suburban areas north and east of Seattle including Shoreline, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Bothell, Kirkland and Redmond as well as Bainbridge Island and part of the Kitsap Peninsula. It is currently represented by Democrat Jay Inslee from Bainbridge Island. From 1993 to 1995, Inslee had represented Washington's Fourth District in the central part of the state.

The former House seat of powerful U.S. Senator Warren G. Magnuson, the First District was a swing district throughout much of the 1990s, changing hands and parties three times in four elections. Before the election of future U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell in 1992, the district had been in Republican hands for 40 years (and 42 of the previous 46 years). Since the 1998 election when Inslee was first elected, the growing Democratic trend in the Seattle area has enabled Inslee to turn it into a fairly safe seat. He has been reelected five times with little difficulty, most recently in 2008. James Watkins and Matthew Burke have both announced candidacies as Republicans for the 2010 election. [1] [2]

At the presidential level, the 1st District leans Democratic. Al Gore carried the district in 2000 with 53% of the vote, and John Kerry won it with 56% of the vote in 2004. The district swung even more Democratic in 2008, giving Barack Obama 62% of the vote and 36% to John McCain.



In 1909, members were first elected from districted seats, instead of At-large statewide. (See Washington's At-large congressional district.)

Representative Party Term Note
William Ewart Humphrey Republican 1909 – 1917
John Franklin Miller Republican 1917 – 1931
Ralph Ashley Horr Republican 1931 – 1933
Marion Zioncheck Democratic 1933 – 1936
Warren G. Magnuson Democratic 1937 – 1944
Emerson Hugh DeLacy Democratic 1945 – 1947
Homer Raymond Jones Republican 1947 – 1949
Hugh Burnton Mitchell Democratic 1949 – 1953
Thomas Minor Pelly Republican 1953 – 1973
Joel McFee Pritchard Republican 1973 – 1985
John Ripin Miller Republican 1985 – 1993
Maria E. Cantwell Democratic 1993 – 1995 Lost re-election to Rick White
Rick White Republican 1995 – 1999 Lost re-election to Jay Inslee
Jay Inslee Democratic 1999 – present Incumbent

See also

External links


  1. ^ James Watkins to run for Congress in 1st District Watkins for Congress
  2. ^ Campaign Announcement Matthew Burke for U.S. Congress



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