Washington's 7th congressional district
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|Washington's 7th congressional district|
|Current Representative||Pramila Jayapal (D–Seattle)|
Washington's 7th congressional district encompasses most of Seattle, all of Vashon Island, Edmonds, Shoreline, Kenmore, and parts of Burien and Normandy Park. Since 2017, the 7th District has been represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat.
The 7th is the most Democratic district in the Pacific Northwest, and the most Democratic district on the West Coast outside of the San Francisco Bay Area or Los Angeles. It is also the most Democratic majority-white district in the United States. Democrats dominate every level of government, and routinely win elections by well over 70 percent of the vote. Al Gore swept the 7th District in 2000 with 72% of the vote while John Kerry won 79% of the vote in the district in 2004. Barack Obama took in 84% of the vote in the district in 2008.
Washington's seventh seat in the U.S. House was added following the 1950 census, but the state did not immediately reapportion. It was contested as a statewide at-large seat for three elections: 1952, 1954, and 1956; and voters cast ballots for two congressional seats, their district and the at-large. Democrat Donald H. Magnuson won all three at-large elections. The 1958 election was the first after the state reapportioned to seven districts; Magnuson was elected to the new district in 1958 and 1960, but lost in 1962.
|Election results from presidential races|
|2016||President||Clinton 82 - 12%|
|2012||President||Obama 79 - 18%|
|2008||President||Obama 84 - 15%|
|2004||President||Kerry 79 - 19%|
|2000||President||Gore 72 - 20%|
|1996||President||Clinton 67 - 20%|
|1992||President||Clinton 65 - 18%|
|1988||President||Dukakis 66 - 32%|
|1984||President||Mondale 58 - 41%|
|1980||President||Reagan 44 - 42%|
|1976||President||Carter 48 - 48%|
|1972||President||Nixon 56 - 44%|
|1968||President||Humphrey 52 - 40%|
|1964||President||Johnson 62 - 38%|
List of representatives
|District created||January 3, 1959|
|Donald H. Magnuson||Democratic||January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1963||Redistricted from the At-large district, lost re-election attempt in 1962|
|K. William Stinson||Republican||January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1965||Lost re-election attempt in 1964|
|Brock Adams||Democratic||January 3, 1965 – January 22, 1977||Resigned after being appointed U.S. Secretary of Transportation|
|Vacant||January 22, 1977 – May 17, 1977|
|John E. Cunningham||Republican||May 17, 1977 – January 3, 1979||Lost re-election attempt in 1978|
|Mike Lowry||Democratic||January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1989||Lost U.S. Senate election in 1988, won gubernatorial election in 1992|
|Jim McDermott||Democratic||January 3, 1989 – January 3, 2017||Retired in 2017 at age 80 after serving 14 terms. He declined to endorse a replacement.|
|Pramila Jayapal||Democratic||January 3, 2017 –|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2008
- United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2010
- United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2012
- "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
- Washington State Redistricting Commission
- Find your new congressional district: a searchable map, Seattle Times, January 13, 2012