New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district

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New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district
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New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013
Representative
  Ann McLane Kuster
DHopkinton
Distribution
  • 51.05% urban
  • 48.95% rural
Population (2017)669,601
Median income$73,249[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+2[2]

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[edit]

The district includes:

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[edit]

Representative Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District organized from New Hampshire's at-large congressional district in 1847
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Charles H. Peaslee
Democratic March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1853
30th
31st
32nd
Elected late on March 9, 1847.
Re-elected late on March 13, 1849.
Re-elected late on March 11, 1851.
Retired.
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George W. Morrison
Democratic March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
33rd Elected late on March 8, 1853.
Lost re-election.
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Mason Tappan
Know Nothing March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
34th Elected late on March 13, 1855.
Re-elected late on March 10, 1857.
Re-elected late on March 8, 1859.
Retired.
Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1861
35th
36th
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Edward H. Rollins
Republican March 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1867
37th
38th
39th
Elected late on March 12, 1861.
Re-elected late on March 10, 1863.
Re-elected late on March 14, 1865.
Retired.
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Aaron Fletcher Stevens
Republican March 4, 1867 –
March 3, 1871
40th
41st
Elected late on March 12, 1867.
Re-elected late on March 9, 1869.
Lost re-election.
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Samuel Newell Bell
Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1873
42nd Elected late on March 14, 1871.
Lost re-election.
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Austin F. Pike
Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
43rd Elected late on March 11, 1873.
Retired.
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Samuel Newell Bell
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
44th Elected late on March 9, 1875.
Retired.
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James F. Briggs
Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1883
45th
46th
47th
Elected late on March 13, 1877.
Re-elected in 1878.
Re-elected in 1880.
Retired.
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Ossian Ray
Republican March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
48th Redistricted from the 3rd district and re-elected in 1882.
Retired.
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Jacob H. Gallinger
Republican March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1889
49th
50th
Elected in 1884.
Re-elected in 1886.
Retired.
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Orren C. Moore
Republican March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
51st Elected in 1888.
Lost re-election.
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Warren F. Daniell
Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
52nd Elected in 1890.
Retired.
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Henry Moore Baker
Republican March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1897
53rd
54th
Elected in 1892.
Re-elected in 1894.
Retired.
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Frank Gay Clarke
Republican March 4, 1897 –
January 9, 1901
55th
56th
Elected in 1896.
Re-elected in 1898.
Died.
Vacant January 9, 1901 –
March 3, 1901.
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Frank Dunklee Currier
Republican March 4, 1901 –
March 3, 1913
57th
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
Elected in 1900.
Re-elected in 1902.
Re-elected in 1904.
Re-elected in 1906.
Re-elected in 1908.
Re-elected in 1910.
Lost re-election.
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Raymond Bartlett Stevens
Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
63rd Elected in 1912.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
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Edward Hills Wason
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.
Retired.
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Charles W. Tobey
Republican March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1939
73rd
74th
75th
Elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1934.
Re-elected in 1936.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
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Foster Waterman Stearns
Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1945
76th
77th
78th
Elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
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Sherman Adams
Republican January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
79th Elected in 1944.
Retired to run for Governor of New Hampshire.
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Norris Cotton
Republican January 3, 1947 –
November 7, 1954
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
Elected in 1946.
Re-elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
Resigned when elected U.S. Senator.
Vacant November 7, 1954 –
January 3, 1955.
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Perkins Bass
Republican January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1963
84th
85th
86th
87th
Elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
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James Colgate Cleveland
Republican January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1981
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
Elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970.
Re-elected in 1972.
Re-elected in 1974.
Re-elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Retired.
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Judd Gregg
Republican January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1989
97th
98th
99th
100th
Elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Retired to run for Governor of New Hampshire.
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Charles Douglas III
Republican January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 1991
101st Elected in 1988.
Lost re-election.
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Dick Swett
Democratic January 3, 1991 –
January 3, 1995
102nd
103rd
Elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Lost re-election.
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Charles Bass
Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 2007
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
Elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Lost re-election.
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Paul Hodes
Democratic January 3, 2007 –
January 3, 2011
110th
111th
Elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
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Charles Bass
Republican January 3, 2011 –
January 3, 2013
112th Elected in 2010.
Lost re-election.
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Ann McLane Kuster
Democratic January 3, 2013 –
Present
113th
114th
115th
116th
Elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.

Competitiveness[edit]

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:

Year Office Results
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[edit]

As of January 2019, 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 (1947-02-14) February 14, 1947 (age 72)
Charles Douglas III 1989–1991 (1942-12-02) December 2, 1942 (age 77)
Richard Swett 1991–1995 (1957-05-01) May 1, 1957 (age 62)
Charles Bass 1995–2007
2011–2013
(1952-01-08) January 8, 1952 (age 67)
Paul Hodes 2007–2011 (1951-03-21) March 21, 1951 (age 68)

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003–2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=33&cd=02
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.

Coordinates: 43°45′51″N 71°43′17″W / 43.76417°N 71.72139°W / 43.76417; -71.72139