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Washington's 2nd congressional district
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Current Representative Rick Larsen (D)
Population (2000) 654,903
Median income $45,441
Ethnicity 88.0% White, 1.1% Black, 2.8% Asian, 5.8% Hispanic, 2.0% Native American, 0.6% other
Cook PVI D+3

Washington's Second Congressional District encompasses the northern portion of Western Washington from the vicinity of the King/Snohomish county line to the Canadian border, including the San Juan Islands. Since 2001, it has been represented by Democrat Rick Larsen.

Originally created in 1909 when Washington was broken up into districts, the Second District was represented by future U.S. Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson between 1941 and 1953. It was a reliably Democratic district for most of the latter half of the 20th century until the Republican Revolution of 1994, when retiring Rep. Al Swift was replaced by Jack Metcalf. Larsen has represented the district since Metcalf's retirement in 2001. He faced a close reelection in 2002, but was handily reelected in 2004 and hasn't faced serious opposition since. In the 2008 election, Larson easily defeated Republican challenger Rick Bart.

In presidential elections, the 2nd District leans Democratic. Al Gore and John Kerry narrowly carried the district in 2000 and 2004 with 48% and 51% of the vote, respectively. In 2008, Barack Obama swept the district with 55.60% of the vote while John McCain received 42%.


Representative Party Term
William Wallace McCredie Republican 1909 – 1911
Stanton Warburton Republican 1911 – 1913
Albert Johnson Republican 1913 – 1915
Lindley Hoag Hadley Republican 1915 – 1933
Monrad C. Wallgren Democratic 1933 – 1940
Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson Democratic 1941 – 1953
Alfred John Westland Republican 1953 – 1965
Lloyd Meeds Democratic 1965 – 1979
Allan Byron Swift Democratic 1979 – 1995
Jack Metcalf Republican 1995 – 2001
Rick Larsen Democratic 2001 – present

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