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Washington's 3rd congressional district
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Current Representative Brian Baird (D)
Population (2000) 654,898
Median income $44,426
Ethnicity 89.8% White, 1.2% Black, 2.6% Asian, 4.6% Hispanic, 1.1% Native American, 0.4% other

The Third Congressional District of Washington encompasses the southernmost portion of Western Washington, from Olympia south to the Columbia River. It includes the counties of Lewis, Pacific, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, and Clark, and the majority of Thurston and Skamania counties. Since 1999, the 3rd District has been represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Brian Baird, a Democrat from Vancouver. Rep. Baird has announced that he will retire after the 111th Congress[1].

Established after the 1900 census, the Third District was represented by Democrats for most of the latter half of the 20th century, until Rep. Jolene Unsoeld was defeated by maverick Republican Linda Smith as part of the Republican Revolution of 1994. Smith retired after two terms and was succeeded by Baird.

In presidential elections, the 3rd District is rather competitive. George W. Bush narrowly carried the district in 2000 with 48% of the vote and again in 2004 with 50%. The district swung Democratic in 2008, giving Barack Obama 52% of the vote and 46% to John McCain.


Representative Party Term
Miles Poindexter Republican 1909 – 1911
William L. La Follette Republican 1911 – 1915
Albert Johnson Republican 1915 – 1933
Martin Fernard Smith Democratic 1933 – 1943
Fred B. Norman Republican 1943 – 1945
Charles Raymon Savage Democratic 1945 – 1947
Fred B. Norman Republican 1947 – 1947
Russell Vernon Mack Republican 1947 – 1960
Julia Caroline Butler Hansen Democratic 1960 – 1974
Don Leroy Bonker Democratic 1975 – 1989
Jolene Unsoeld Democratic 1989 – 1995
Linda Smith Republican 1995 – 1999
Brian Baird Democratic 1999 – present


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