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Wisconsin's 7th congressional district
District map as of 2002
District map as of 2002
Current Representative Dave Obey (D)
Area 18,786.53 mi²
Distribution 42.04% urban, 57.96% rural
Population (2000) 670,462
Median income $39,026
Ethnicity 95.6% White, 0.3% Black, 1.5% Asian, 0.9% Hispanic, 1.5% Native American, 0.1% other
Occupation 30.8% blue collar, 52.3% white collar, 16.9% gray collar
Cook PVI D + 3

Wisconsin's 7th congressional district is a congressional district of the United State House of Representatives in northwestern and central Wisconsin; it is the largest congressional district in the state geographically, covering 20 counties (in whole or part), for a total of 18,787 sq mi. The district contains the following counties: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark (partial), Douglas, Iron, Langlade (partial), Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida (partial), Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn and Wood.

The district is currently represented by David Obey, a Democrat.

While John Kerry narrowly won the district in 2004 with 51% of the vote, the 7th District swung more Democratic in 2008, giving 55.91% of the vote to Barack Obama and 42.52% to John McCain.


Representative Party Years Note
Jeremiah Rusk Republican 1873-03-04-1877-03-03
Herman L. Humphrey Republican 1877-03-04-1883-03-03
Gilbert M. Woodward Democratic 1883-03-04-1885-03-03
Ormsby B. Thomas Republican 1885-03-04-1891-03-03
Frank P. Coburn Democratic 1891-03-04-1893-03-03
George B. Shaw Republican 1893-03-04-1894-08-27
Vacant 1894-08-27-1894-11-05
Michael Griffin Republican 1894-11-05-1899-03-03 Griffin won a special election following the death of Shaw.
John J. Esch Republican 1899-03-04-1921-03-03
Joseph D. Beck Republican 1921-03-04-1929-03-03
Merlin Hull Republican 1929-03-04-1931-03-03
Gardner R. Withrow Republican 1931-03-04-1933-03-03
Gerald J. Boileau Progressive 1933-03-04-1939-01-03
Reid F. Murray Republican 1939-01-03-1952-04-29
Vacant 1952-04-29-1953-01-03
Melvin Laird Republican 1953-01-03-1969-01-21 Laird filled the vacancy left since Murray's death.
Vacant 1969-01-21-1969-04-01
Dave Obey Democratic 1969-04-01-present Obey won a special election following Laird's appointment as Secretary of Defense.

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