Colorado's 2nd congressional district

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Colorado's 2nd congressional district
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Colorado's 2nd Congressional District – since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Joe Neguse
DLafayette
Distribution
  • 81.04% urban[1]
  • 18.96% rural
Population (2019)824,050[2]
Median household
income
$87,585[3]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+12[4]

Colorado's 2nd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Colorado. The district is located in the north-central part of the state and encompasses the northwestern suburbs of Denver including Boulder, Broomfield and much of western Jefferson County. The district also includes the mountain towns of Vail, Grand Lake and Idaho Springs. Redistricting in 2011 has moved Larimer County, including the cities of Fort Collins and Loveland, to the 2nd from the 4th district[5] for the 2012 election.

The district is currently represented by Democrat Joe Neguse. He was elected in 2018 to replace Jared Polis, who retired after being elected governor of Colorado.

History[edit]

1890s[edit]

Following the 1890 U.S. Census and associated reaportionment of seats in the United States House of Representatives, Colorado gained a second congressional district. The first representative elected to this district was John Calhoun Bell of The Populist party.

1990s[edit]

Following the 1990 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 2nd congressional district consisted of Boulder, Clear Creek, and Gilpin counties, as well as portions of Adams, and Jefferson counties.

2000s[edit]

Following the 2000 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 2nd congressional district consisted of Broomfield, Clear Creek, Eagle, Gilpin, Grand, and Summit counties, as well as portions of Adams, Boulder, Jefferson, and Weld counties.

2010s[edit]

Following the 2010 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 2nd congressional district consisted of Broomfield, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand, Larimer and Summit counties; most of Boulder and Jefferson counties; and portions of Eagle and Park counties. Following the census, the 2nd district stretched further north to the Wyoming border while losing the western portion of Eagle County.

Voting[edit]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Gore 52–43%
2004 President Kerry 58–41%
2008 President Obama 64–34%
2012 President Obama 58–40%
2016 President Clinton 56–35%
2020 President Biden 64–34%

Characteristics[edit]

This district is anchored in Boulder and Larimer counties which have the bulk of population in the district: both counties are mainly anchored by the large college towns of Boulder and Fort Collins, providing Democratic strength in the district.

The other parts of the district are diverse, ranging from far western Denver suburbs to agricultural areas and mountain towns. Eagle and Summit counties, home to the ski resort towns of Vail and Breckenridge and other tourism dependent towns such as Avon, Frisco and Silverthorne, are Democratic strongholds: however Gilpin and Clear Creek counties, while also being tourism dependent and Democratic leaning, do not vote as strongly for the Democrats. Grand County leans Republican, though the ski resort areas of the county in Winter Park are heavily Democratic.

The suburban areas of Denver represented in the 2nd district are more competitive; while Broomfield itself leans Democratic, the Jefferson County foothills are historically a Republican stronghold, though urban sprawl is eroding Republican dominance in the area. Similarly, Larimer County outside of Fort Collins is heavily Republican, however the county leans Democratic due to the influence and population of Fort Collins.

List of members representing the district[edit]

Member
(District home)
Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1893
John Calhoun Bell.jpeg
John Calhoun Bell
(Lake City)
Populist March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1903
53rd
54th
55th
56th
57th
Elected in 1892.
Re-elected in 1894.
Re-elected in 1896.
Re-elected in 1898.
Re-elected in 1900.
Lost re-election.
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Herschel M. Hogg
(Telluride)
Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1907
58th
59th
Elected in 1902
Re-elected in 1904.
Retired.
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Warren A. Haggott
(Idaho Springs)
Republican March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1909
60th Elected in 1906.
Lost re-election.
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John Andrew Martin
(La Junta)
Democratic March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1913
61st
62nd
Elected in 1908.
Re-elected in 1910.
Retired.
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Harry H. Seldomridge
(Colorado Springs)
Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
63rd Elected in 1912.
Lost re-election.
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Charles B. Timberlake
(Sterling)
Republican March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1933
64th
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
Elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
Re-elected in 1918.
Re-elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Re-elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928.
Re-elected in 1930.
Lost renomination.
Fred N. Cummings
(Fort Collins)
Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1941
73rd
74th
75th
76th
Elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1934.
Re-elected in 1936.
Re-elected in 1938.
Lost re-election.
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William S. Hill
(Fort Collins)
Republican January 3, 1941 –
January 3, 1959
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
Elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
Re-elected in 1946.
Re-elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
Re-elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Retired.
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Byron Johnson
(Denver)
Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1961
86th Elected in 1958.
Lost re-election.
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Pete Dominick
(Denver)
Republican January 3, 1961 –
January 3, 1963
87th Elected in 1960.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
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Don Brotzman
(Boulder)
Republican January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1965
88th Elected in 1962.
Lost re-election.
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Roy H. McVicker
(Wheat Ridge)
Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1967
89th Elected in 1964.
Lost re-election.
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Don Brotzman
(Boulder)
Republican January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1975
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
Elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970.
Re-elected in 1972.
Lost re-election
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Tim Wirth
(Boulder)
Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1987
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
Elected in 1974.
Re-elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
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David Skaggs
(Boulder)
Democratic January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 1999
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
Elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Retired.
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Mark Udall
(Eldorado Springs)
Democratic January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2009
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
Elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
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Jared Polis
(Boulder)
Democratic January 3, 2009 –
January 3, 2019
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
Elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Retired to run for Governor of Colorado.
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Joe Neguse
(Lafayette)
Democratic January 3, 2019 –
Present
116th
117th
Elected in 2018.
Re-elected in 2020.

Previous election results[edit]

2002[edit]

Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District House Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mark Udall (incumbent) 123,504 60%
Republican Sandy Hume 75,564 37%
Libertarian Norm Olsen 3,579 1%
Natural Law Patrick West 1,617 1%
Constitution Erik J. Brauer 1,258 1%
Majority 47,940 23%
Total votes 205,522 100%
Democratic hold

2004[edit]

Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District House Election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mark Udall (incumbent) 207,900 67%
Republican Stephen M. Hackman 94,160 30%
Libertarian Norm Olsen 7,304 3%
Majority 113,740 37%
Total votes 309,364 100%
Democratic hold

2006[edit]

Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District House Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mark Udall (incumbent) 157,850 68%
Republican Rich Mancuso 65,481 28%
Libertarian Norm Olsen 5,025 2%
Green J.A. Calhoun 2,951 2%
Majority 92,369 40%
Total votes 231,307 100%
Democratic hold

2008[edit]

Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District House Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jared Polis 215,602 63%
Republican Scott Starin 116,619 34%
Green J.A. Calhoun 10,031 2%
Unity William Robert Hammons 2,176 1%
Majority 98,983 29%
Total votes 344,428 100%
Democratic hold

2010[edit]

Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District House Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jared Polis (incumbent) 148,768 57%
Republican Stephen Bailey 98,194 38%
Constitution Jenna Goss 7,087 3%
Libertarian Curtis Harris 5,060 2%
Majority 50,574 19%
Total votes 259,116 100%
Democratic hold

2012[edit]

Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District House Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jared Polis (incumbent) 234,758 56%
Republican Kevin Lundberg 162,639 39%
Libertarian Randy Luallin 13,770 3%
Green Susan P. Hall 10,413 2%
Majority 72,119 17%
Total votes 421,580 100%
Democratic hold

2014[edit]

Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District House Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jared Polis (incumbent) 196,300 57%
Republican George Leing 149,645 43%
Majority 46,655 14%
Total votes 345,945 100%
Democratic hold

2016[edit]

Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District House Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jared Polis (incumbent) 260,175 56%
Republican Nicholas Morse 170,001 37%
Libertarian Richard Longstreth 27,136 7%
Majority 90,174 19%
Total votes 457,312 100%
Democratic hold

2018[edit]

Colorado's 2nd congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Joe Neguse 259,608 60%
Republican Peter Yu 144,901 34%
Independent Nick Thomas 16,356 4%
Libertarian Roger Barris 9,749 2%
Majority 114,707 26%
Total votes 430,614 100.0
Democratic hold

2020[edit]

Colorado's 2nd congressional district, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joe Neguse (incumbent) 316,925 61%
Republican Charles Winn 182,547 35%
Libertarian Thom Atkinson 13,657 2%
Unity Gary Swing 2,534 0.5%
Total votes 515,663 100.0
Democratic hold

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003–2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/cd_state.html
  2. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=08&cd=02
  3. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=08&cd=02
  4. ^ Wasserman, David; Flinn, Ally (April 15, 2021). "Introducing the 2021 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index". The Cook Political Report. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  5. ^ "Judge rules in favor of Democratic map in Colorado redistricting." Denver Post. 2011-11-14. [1]

Coordinates: 40°08′53″N 105°44′40″W / 40.14806°N 105.74444°W / 40.14806; -105.74444