Florida's 3rd Congressional District
Florida's 3rd congressional district
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Florida's 3rd congressional district - since January 3, 2017.
U.S. RepresentativeTed Yoho(R-Gainesville)
Area3,844[1] sq mi (9,960 km2)
  • 71.27[2]% urban
  • 28.73% rural
Population (2016)732,088[3]
Cook PVIR+9[4]

The Third Congressional District of Florida is an electoral district of the United States House of Representatives located in the U.S. state of Florida. It presently comprises a large section of northernmost Florida, including the entire counties of Alachua, Clay, Putnam, Bradford and Union, along with the majority of Marion county. The cities of Gainesville and Palatka are in the district as well as part of Ocala (its northern suburbs). Some Jacksonville suburbs such as Middleburg, Green Cove Springs, and Orange Park are also in the district.

Redistricting in Florida, effective for the 2012 federal elections, radically altered the nature of the 3rd District. From 1993 through 2012 the district called the 3rd District comprised an entirely different territory, roughly similar to the 5th District as of 2013. Likewise the present territory of the new 3rd District, as of the 2012 elections, is made up of parts of the former 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th districts, though it is geographically similar to the pre-2013 6th district. The former 3rd District was (and present 5th District is) an intentionally gerrymandered territory designed to unite disparate areas of northeastern Florida with significant African-American populations into a black-majority district, and was overwhelmingly Democratic in voting patterns.

The new 3rd District has a majority white population, largely in rural areas and small towns. The only cities of any size in the district are Gainesville and Ocala.

The new 3rd District is represented by Republican Ted Yoho, elected on November 6, 2012, and taking office on January 3, 2013. The old 3rd District was represented from 1993 through 2012 by Corrine Brown, who was elected to the similar new 5th District in the November 2012 elections.

The 1993-2012 black majority district

The old 3rd district was a gerrymandered congressional district. The district included portions of Alachua, Clay, Duval, Lake, Marion, Orange, Putnam, Seminole, and Volusia counties.


While Florida has had at least three congressional districts since the 1900 U.S. Census, the 1993-2012 3rd Congressional District dates to reapportionment done by the Florida Legislature after the 1990 U.S. Census. Because Florida has a large population of African Americans, but not a large enough concentration anywhere in the state to easily configure a congressional district with a majority, there were several attempts to create a few gerrymandered districts which were certain to elect an African American candidate. This created an odd coalition of black Democrats and Republicans who supported such districts (since this not only created black-majority districts, but also made "safer" Republican districts elsewhere). This effort was opposed by many white Democrats, but eventually this idea won the support of the state legislature and this district was created as a result.[5]

The 1993-2012 3rd Congressional District was geographically diverse. Starting from the southern part of the district, it included the Pine Hills area of the Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan Area with small pockets of African-American neighborhoods in the cities of Sanford, Gainesville, Palatka, and finally the larger African American communities of Jacksonville. Connecting these areas were regions which are sparsely populated--either expansive rural areas or narrow strips which are only a few miles wide. Barack Obama received 73% of the vote in this district in the 2008 Presidential election.

General history of the district in its varying territories


Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
1992 President Clinton 52-34%
1996 President Clinton 61-33%
2000 President Gore 60-38%
2004 President Kerry 65-35%
2008 President Obama 73-26%
2012 President Romney 56-40%
2016 President Trump 56-41%

Voter registration

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of 18 October 2016
Party Voters Percentage
Republican 198,055 40.92%
Democratic 178,562 36.90%
No Party Affiliation 95,276 19.69%

List of representatives

Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1903
No image.svg William B. Lamar Democratic March 4, 1903 -
March 3, 1909
[Data unknown/missing.]
Dannite Hill Mays.jpg Dannite H. Mays Democratic March 4, 1909 -
March 3, 1913
[Data unknown/missing.]
Emmett Wilson.jpg Emmett Wilson Democratic March 4, 1913 -
March 3, 1917
[Data unknown/missing.]
Walter Kehoe.jpg Walter Kehoe Democratic March 4, 1917 -
March 3, 1919
[Data unknown/missing.]
John Harris Smithwick.jpg John H. Smithwick Democratic March 4, 1919 -
March 3, 1927
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg Tom Yon Democratic March 4, 1927 -
March 3, 1933
[Data unknown/missing.]
Millard F. Caldwell.jpg Millard Caldwell Democratic March 4, 1933 -
January 3, 1941
[Data unknown/missing.]
Robert L F Sikes.jpg Bob Sikes Democratic January 3, 1941 -
October 19, 1944
Resigned to enter the U.S. Army.
Vacant until next Congress October 19, 1944 -
January 3, 1945
Robert L F Sikes.jpg Bob Sikes Democratic January 3, 1945 -
January 3, 1963
Redistricted to the 1st district.
Claude Denson Pepper.jpg Claude Pepper Democratic January 3, 1963 -
January 3, 1967
Redistricted to the 11th district.
Charles E. Bennett.jpg Charles E. Bennett Democratic January 3, 1967 -
January 3, 1993
Redistricted from the 2nd district.
Corrinebrown.jpeg Corrine Brown Democratic January 3, 1993 -
January 3, 2013
Redistricted to the 5th district.
Ted Yoho official photo (cropped).jpg Ted Yoho Republican January 3, 2013 -
[Data unknown/missing.]

Recent election results


Florida's 3rd Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Corrine Brown* 88,462 59.29
Republican Jennifer Carroll 60,747 40.71
Total votes 149,209 100.00
Democratic hold


Florida's 3rd Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Corrine Brown* 172,833 99.24
No party Others 1,323 0.76%
Total votes 174,156 100.00
Democratic hold


Florida's 3rd Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Corrine Brown* 100.00
Total votes 100.00
Democratic hold


Florida's 3rd Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Corrine Brown* 100.00
Total votes 100.00
Democratic hold


Florida's 3rd Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Corrine Brown* 94,744 63.04
Republican Mike Yost 50,932 33.89
Independent Terry Martin-Back 4,625 3.08
Total votes 150,301 100.00
Democratic hold

Historical district boundaries

Living former representatives

As of January 2017, there is one former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 3rd congressional district who is currently living at this time.

Representative Term in office Date of birth (and age)
Corrine Brown 1993-2003 (1946-11-11) November 11, 1946 (age 72)


  1. ^ "Congressional Plan--SC14-1905 (Ordered by The Florida Supreme Court, 2-December-2015)" (PDF). Florida Senate Committee on Reapportionment. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/cd_state.html
  3. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=12&cd=03
  4. ^ "Partisan Voting Index - Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ Leary, Alex (14 May 2011). "Democrat U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown again aligns with GOP in Florida redistricting battle". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2014.

External links

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