New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district
|New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district|
New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013
New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district covers the western and northern parts of New Hampshire. It includes the state's second-largest city, Nashua, as well as the state capital, Concord. It is currently represented in the United States House of Representatives by Democrat Ann McLane Kuster.
Cities and towns currently in the district
The district includes:
- the town of Center Harbor in Belknap County
- all of Cheshire County
- all of Coos County
- all of Grafton County except the town of Campton
- all of Hillsborough County except the communities of Bedford, Goffstown, Manchester, and Merrimack
- all of Merrimack County except the town of Hooksett
- the towns of Atkinson, Deerfield, Northwood, Salem, and Windham in Rockingham County
- all of Sullivan County
Until 1847, New Hampshire's representatives were elected at large from the entire state and not from districts. Districts began being used in the 1847 elections.
Until the 1878 elections, New Hampshire elected its members of the United States House of Representatives in March of the odd-numbered years. That would be too late for the beginning of the March 4 term, but the first session of the House typically didn't start until December so a March election wasn't a problem.
The district currently includes Dartmouth College and all of its representatives since 1995 (Bass, Hodes, and Kuster) have been Dartmouth alumni.
List of members representing the district
Historically the second district has had strong Republican leanings having voted Republican 71 times and Democrat only 15. The district has leaned Democratic in congressional races since 2006 and in presidential races since 2000.
Election results from presidential races:
|2000||President||Al Gore 48 – George W. Bush 47%|
|2004||President||John Kerry 52 – George W. Bush 47%|
|2008||President||Barack Obama 56 – John McCain 43%|
|2012||President||Barack Obama 54 – Mitt Romney 45%|
|2016||President||Hillary Clinton 49 – Donald Trump 46%|
Living former representatives
As of January 2019[update], there are five living former members. The most recent representative to die was Perkins Bass (served 1955–1963) on October 25, 2011. The most recently serving representative to die was James Colgate Cleveland (served 1963–1981) on December 5, 1995.
|Representative||Term of office||Date of birth (and age)|
|Judd Gregg||1981–1989||February 14, 1947|
|Charles Douglas III||1989–1991||December 2, 1942|
|Richard Swett||1991–1995||May 1, 1957|
|January 8, 1952|
|Paul Hodes||2007–2011||March 21, 1951|
Historical district boundaries
- New Hampshire's 1st congressional district
- New Hampshire's congressional districts
- List of United States congressional districts
- "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
- 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