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Minnesota's 8th congressional district


Minnesota's 8th congressional district

Minnesota's 8th congressional district
Minnesota's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Minnesota's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Rick Nolan (DCrosby)
Area 27,583[1] mi2 (71,440 km2)
Distribution 37% urban, 63% rural
Population (2000) 614,935[2]
Median income $37,911
Ethnicity 95.1% White, 0.5% Black, 0.4% Asian, 0.8% Hispanic, 2.6% Native American, 0.2% other
Cook PVI D+1[3]
External images
THIS MAP, is a useful representation of the 8th CD's borders, based on Google Maps.

Minnesota's 8th congressional district covers the northeastern part of Minnesota. It is anchored by Duluth, Minnesota which is the fourth largest city in state. It also includes most of the Mesabi and Vermilion iron ranges. The district is best known for its mining, agriculture, tourism, and shipping industries.

Politically the district leans Democratic with a CPVI of D+1. However, the state DFLers in this district, particularly outside the Duluth area, are not as liberal as their counterparts in the Twin Cities. Nonetheless, elected Republicans are few and far between. Republican strength is concentrated in the district's southern portion, which stretches into the outer northern portion of the Twin Cities.

The district is currently represented by Democrat Rick Nolan, who defeated incumbent Republican Chip Cravaack in November 2012 and, most recently, Republican Stewart Mills in 2014.

List of representatives

Congress Representative Party Years Notes
58th March 4, 1903 District created
58th-60th James Bede Republican March 4, 1903 - March 3, 1909
61st-65th Clarence B. Miller Republican March 4, 1909 - March 3, 1919
66th William Leighton Carss Farmer-Labor March 4, 1919 - March 3, 1921
67th-68th Oscar Larson Republican March 4, 1921 - March 3, 1925
69th-70th William Leighton Carss Farmer-Labor March 4, 1925 - March 3, 1929
71st-72nd William Pittenger Republican March 4, 1929 - March 3, 1933
73rd March 4, 1933 - January 3, 1935 District inactive, all representatives elected At-large on a general ticket
74th William Pittenger Republican January 3, 1935 - January 3, 1937
75th John Bernard Farmer-Labor January 3, 1937 - January 3, 1939
76th-79th William Pittenger Republican January 3, 1939 - January 3, 1947
80th-93rd John Blatnik DFL January 3, 1947 - December 31, 1974 Resigned
93rd Vacant December 31, 1974 - January 3, 1975
94th-111th Jim Oberstar DFL January 3, 1975 - January 3, 2011 Defeated in bid for 19th term
112th Chip Cravaack Republican January 3, 2011 - January 3, 2013 Defeated in bid for 2nd term
113th- Rick Nolan DFL January 3, 2013 – Present Incumbent

Recent elections

Year Election Nominee Party Votes % Nominee Party Votes %
2002 General James Oberstar Democratic 193,959 69 Bob Lemen Republican 88,423 31
2004 General James Oberstar Democratic 228,509 65 Mark Groettum Republican 112,657 32
2006 General James Oberstar Democratic 194,677 64 Rod Grams Republican 101,744 34
2008 General James Oberstar Democratic 240,586 67.6 Michael Cummins Republican 114,588 32.2
2010 General James Oberstar Democratic 129,072 46.6 Chip Cravaack Republican 133,479 48.2
2012 General Rick Nolan Democratic 192,748 54.5 Chip Cravaack Republican 161,113 45.5
2014 General Rick Nolan Democratic 129,089 48.5 Stewart Mills Republican 125,357 47.1


Election results from presidential races:
Year Office Results
2000 President George W. Bush 44%
2004 President George W. Bush 46%
2008 President Barack Obama 53 - John McCain 45%
2012 President Barack Obama 52 - Mitt Romney 46%

Historical district boundaries

2003 - 2013

See also


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