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Maine's 2nd congressional district

Maine's 2nd congressional district
Maine's 2nd congressional district – since January 3, 2013.
Maine's 2nd congressional district – since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Bruce Poliquin (ROakland)
Distribution 27.89% urban, 72.11% rural
Population (2010) 664,181
Cook PVI D+3

Maine's 2nd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Maine. Covering 27,326 square miles (70,770 km2), it comprises nearly 80% of the state's total land area. It is the largest district east of the Mississippi River and the 24th-largest overall. It is the second-most rural district in the United States, with 72.11% of its population in rural areas, behind only Kentucky's 5th congressional district.[1] The district comprises most of the land area north of the Portland and Augusta metropolitan areas. It includes the cities of Bangor, Lewiston, Auburn and Presque Isle. Though it included the city of Waterville until 2011, Maine's Congressional redistricting process following the 2010 US Census led to a shift of district boundaries within Kennebec County.

The district is currently represented by Republican Bruce Poliquin.

Contents

  • Recent election results from presidential races 1
  • History 2
  • Composition 3
    • 2003 – 2013 3.1
    • 2013 – 2023 3.2
  • List of Representatives 4
  • Recent election results 5
  • Historical district boundaries 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Recent election results from presidential races

Year Results
1992 Clinton 38 – 33%
1996 Clinton 51 – 30%
2000 Gore 47 – 46%
2004 Kerry 52 – 46%
2008 Obama 55 – 43%
2012 Obama 52 – 44%

History

See District of Maine

When Maine became a state in 1820, it had seven congressional districts credited to it. Prior to that it was part of Massachusetts, which had 20 districts after the 1810 U.S. Census. Since Maine became a state, all but two districts have been reallocated.

Composition

The boundaries of the District are open for reconsideration in light of population shifts revealed by the decennial US Census. Until 2011, Maine's constitution provided for the state to reapportion the Congressional districts based on census data every ten years beginning in 1983, which would have meant that the state was next due to consider redistricting in 2013. However, a federal lawsuit filed in March 2011 led to a requirement that Maine speed up its redistricting process.[2] Maine state legislators approved new boundaries on September 27, 2011.[3]

2003 – 2013

2013 – 2023

List of Representatives

Representative Party Years ↑ Electoral history
Ezekiel Whitman Federalist March 4, 1821 –
June 1, 1822
Redistricted from Massachusetts's 15th congressional district

Resigned
Vacant June 1, 1822 –
December 2, 1822
Mark Harris Democratic-
Republican
December 2, 1822 –
March 3, 1823
Stephen Longfellow Adams-Clay
Federalist
March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
John Anderson Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1833
Retired to run for Mayor of Portland
Francis Smith Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1837
Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
Albert Smith Democratic March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1841
William Pitt Fessenden Whig March 4, 1841 –
March 3, 1843
Robert P. Dunlap Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1847
Asa Clapp Democratic March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1849
Nathaniel Littlefield Democratic March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1851
John Appleton Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1853
Samuel Mayall Democratic March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
John J. Perry Opposition March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
Charles J. Gilman Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
John J. Perry Republican March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1861
Charles W. Walton Republican March 4, 1861 –
May 26, 1862
Resigned on appointment as associate justice of Maine Supreme Judicial Court
Vacant May 26, 1862 –
December 1, 1862
Thomas Fessenden Republican December 1, 1862 –
March 3, 1863
Sidney Perham Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1869
Samuel Plummer Morrill Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1871
William P. Frye Republican March 4, 1871 –
March 17, 1881
Resigned when elected to U.S. Senate
Vacant March 17, 1881 –
September 12, 1881
Nelson Dingley, Jr. Republican September 12, 1881 –
March 3, 1883
Redistricted to At-large district
At-large districts used March 3, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
Nelson Dingley, Jr. Republican March 3, 1885 –
January 13, 1899
Redistricted from At-large district

Died
Vacant January 13, 1899 –
June 19, 1899
Charles E. Littlefield Republican June 19, 1899 –
September 30, 1908
Resigned
Vacant September 30, 1908 –
November 3, 1908
John P. Swasey Republican November 3, 1908 –
March 3, 1911
Daniel J. McGillicuddy Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 3, 1917
Wallace H. White, Jr. Republican March 4, 1917 –
March 3, 1931
Donald B. Partridge Republican March 4, 1931 –
March 3, 1933
Edward C. Moran, Jr. Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1937
Clyde H. Smith Republican January 3, 1937 –
April 8, 1940
Died
Vacant April 8, 1940 –
June 3, 1940
Margaret Chase Smith Republican June 3, 1940 –
January 3, 1949
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Charles P. Nelson Republican January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1957
Frank M. Coffin Democratic January 3, 1957 –
January 3, 1961
Retired to run for Governor of Maine
Stanley R. Tupper Republican January 3, 1961 –
January 3, 1963
Redistricted from 1st district
Clifford G. McIntire Republican January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1965
Redistricted from 3rd district
William Hathaway Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1973
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
William Cohen Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1979
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Olympia Snowe Republican January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1995
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
John Baldacci Democratic January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 2003
Retired to run for Governor of Maine
Mike Michaud Democratic January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2015
Retired to run for Governor
Bruce Poliquin Republican January 3, 2015 –
Representative Party Years Electoral history

Recent election results

United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1978: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Olympia Snowe 87,939 50.82
Democratic Markham L. Gartley 70,691 40.85
Independent Frederick W. Whittaker 8,035 4.64
Independent Eddie Shurtleff 1,923 1.11
Independent Robert H. Burmeister 1,653 0.96
Independent Margaret E. Cousins 1,573 0.91
Independent Robert L. Cousins 1,223 0.71
Majority 17,248 9.97
Turnout 173,037
Republican hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1980: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Olympia Snowe (Incumbent) 186,406 78.51
Democratic Harold L. Silverman 51,026 21.49
Majority 135,380 57.02
Turnout 237,612
Republican hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1982: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Olympia Snowe (Incumbent) 136,075 66.65
Democratic James P. Dunleavy 68,086 33.35
Majority 67,989 33.30
Turnout 204,161
Republican hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1984: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Olympia Snowe (Incumbent) 192,166 75.73
Democratic Chipman C. Bull 57,347 22.60
Constitution Kenneth E. Stoddard 4,242 1.67
Majority 134,819 53.13
Turnout 253,755
Republican hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1986: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Olympia Snowe (Incumbent) 148,770 77.33
Democratic Kenneth P. Hayes 43,614 22.67
Majority 105,156 54.66
Turnout 192,384
Republican hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1988: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Olympia Snowe (Incumbent) 167,226 66.21
Democratic Kenneth P. Hayes 85,346 33.79
Majority 81,880 32.42
Turnout 252,572
Republican hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1990: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Olympia Snowe (Incumbent) 121,704 51.02
Democratic Patrick K. McGowan 116,798 48.97
write-ins 20 0.01
Majority 4,906 2.06
Turnout 238,522
Republican hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1992: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Olympia Snowe (Incumbent) 153,022 49.13
Democratic Patrick K. McGowan 130,824 42.01
Green Jonathan Carter 27,526 8.84
write-ins 61 0.02
Majority 22,198 7.13
Turnout 311,433
Republican hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1994: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John Baldacci 109,615 45.69
Republican Richard A. Bennett 97,754 40.75
Independent John M. Michael 21,117 8.80
Green Charles Fitzgerald 11,353 4.73
write-ins 55 0.02
Majority 11,861 4.94
Turnout 239,894
Democratic gain from Republican
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1996: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John Baldacci (Incumbent) 205,439 71.92
Republican Paul R. Young 70,856 24.81
Independent Aldric Saucier 9,294 3.25
write-ins 47 0.02
Majority 134,583 47.12
Turnout 285,636
Democratic hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1998: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John Baldacci (Incumbent) 146,202 76.20
Republican Jonathan Reisman 45,674 23.80
Majority 100,528 52.39
Turnout 191,876
Democratic hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2000: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John Baldacci (Incumbent) 219,783 73.43
Republican Richard H. Campbell 79,522 26.57
Majority 140,261 46.86
Turnout 299,305
Democratic hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2004: 2nd congressional district: RUNOFF
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Michaud 116,868 52.01
Republican Kevin Raye 107,849 47.99
Total votes 224,717 100.00
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2004: 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Michaud (incumbent) 199,303 58.03
Republican Brian Hamel 135,547 39.47
Socialist Equality Carl Cooley 8,586 2.50
Total votes 343,436 100.00
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2006: 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Michaud (incumbent) 179,732 70.52
Republican L. Scott D'Amboise 75,146 29.48
Total votes 254,878 100.00
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2008: 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Michaud (incumbent) 226,274 67.44
Republican John Frary 109,268 32.57
Total votes 335,542 100.00
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2010: 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Michaud (incumbent) 147,042 55.13
Republican Jason J. Levesque 119,669 44.87
Total votes 266,711 100.00
Voter turnout %
Democratic hold

Historical district boundaries

2005 – 2013

See also

References

  1. ^ "Congressional Districts – 113th Congress Demographics – Urban Rural Patterns". proximityone.com. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (2011). "Lawsuit aims to speed Maine redistricting". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Russell, Eric (2011). "After long partisan fight, redistricting deal keeps boundaries much the same". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 

External links

  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present
  • U.S. House of Representatives
    • Congressman Bruce Poliquin's web site

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