Illinois's 16th Congressional District
Illinois's 16th congressional district
Illinois US Congressional District 16 (since 2013).tif
Illinois's 16th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
U.S. RepresentativeAdam Kinzinger(R-Channahon)
Area7,918 sq mi (20,510 km2)
  • 71.0% urban
  • 29.1% rural
Population (2011 est.)713,840
Median income52,101
Cook PVIR+8[1][2]

The 16th Congressional District of Illinois is represented by Republican Adam Kinzinger.

2011 redistricting

The congressional district covers parts of DeKalb, Ford, Stark, Will and Winnebago counties, and all of Boone, Bureau, Grundy, Iroquois, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Ogle and Putnam counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Belvidere, Channahon, DeKalb, Dixon, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Ottawa, Morris, Pontiac, Rockford and Streator are included.[3] The representatives for these districts were elected in the 2012 primary and general elections, and the boundaries became effective on January 5, 2013.


Prominent past representatives from the 16th district have included Everett Dirksen, who went on to become the Republican leader in the United States Senate; John B. Anderson, who became the 3rd highest ranking Republican in the House and went on to run as a major independent candidate in the 1980 Presidential election; and Lynn Martin, who later served as United States Secretary of Labor.

For decades, the 16th district was the most geographically stable district in Illinois. For more than six decades, in comparison to the other districts in the state, it was almost stationary. While its shape fluctuated slightly after each census, in general it included the northwest corner of the state, extending just far enough to the east to include its largest city, Rockford.[4] By the 1990s, it extended eastward to include part of McHenry County, an outer suburb of Chicago. This geographic stability also contributed to electoral stability. It first became a Rockford-based district for the 1948 election, and from then until 2010 it was represented by just five people, all but one of whom was a Republican.

However, with the new map drawn for 2012, the familiar shape of the 16th was rendered unrecognizable. It was pushed well to the east to take in the extreme exurban region of the Chicago metropolitan area, and stretches from the Wisconsin border to the Indiana border. While it still included most of Rockford's suburbs, half of Rockford itself--essentially the more Democratic portion of the city--was shifted to the 17th district.


2012 election


Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2012 President Romney 53 - 45%[2]
2008 President Obama 50 - 48%[2]
2004 President Bush 55 - 44%
2000 President Bush 54 - 43%

List of representatives

Representative Party Years Notes
District created March 4, 1873
No image.svg James S. Martin Republican March 4, 1873 - March 3, 1875
William A. J. Sparks.png William A. J. Sparks Democratic March 4, 1875 - March 3, 1883
AaronShaw.jpg Aaron Shaw Democratic March 4, 1883 - March 3, 1885
No image.svg Silas Z. Landes Democratic March 4, 1885 - March 3, 1889
GeorgeWFithian.jpg George W. Fithian Democratic March 4, 1889 - March 3, 1895
FinisEDowning.jpg Finis E. Downing Democratic March 4, 1895 - June 5, 1896 Lost contested election
No image.svg John I. Rinaker Republican June 5, 1896 - March 3, 1897 Won contested election
No image.svg William H. Hinrichsen Democratic March 4, 1897 - March 3, 1899
William E. Williams.jpg William E. Williams Democratic March 4, 1899 - March 3, 1901
ThomasJSelby.jpg Thomas J. Selby Democratic March 4, 1901 - March 3, 1903
JosephVGraff.jpg Joseph V. Graff Republican March 4, 1903 - March 3, 1911 Redistricted from the 14th district
ClaudeUStone.jpg Claude U. Stone Democratic March 4, 1911 - March 3, 1917
CliffordIreland.jpg Clifford C. Ireland Republican March 4, 1917 - March 3, 1923
No image.svg William E. Hull Republican March 4, 1923 - March 3, 1933
EverettDirksen.jpg Everett Dirksen Republican March 4, 1933 - January 3, 1949
Leo Elwood Allen.jpg Leo E. Allen Republican January 3, 1949 - January 3, 1961 Redistricted from the 13th district
John Bayard Anderson.jpg John B. Anderson Republican January 3, 1961 - January 3, 1981
Lynn Morley Martin.jpg Lynn Morley Martin Republican January 3, 1981 - January 3, 1991
John W. Cox 102nd Congress 1991.jpg John W. Cox, Jr. Democratic January 3, 1991 - January 3, 1993
Don Manzullo Official Portrait.jpg Donald A. Manzullo Republican January 3, 1993 - January 3, 2013 Lost contested primary
Adam Kinzinger official congressional photo.jpg Adam Kinzinger Republican January 3, 2013 - Redistricted from the 11th district

Living former members

There are currently three living former members of the House from the district. The most recent to die was John B. Anderson, on December 3, 2017.

Representative Years served Date of birth
Lynn Martin 1981 - 1991 (1939-12-26) December 26, 1939 (age 78)
John W. Cox 1991 - 1993 (1947-07-10) July 10, 1947 (age 71)
Don Manzullo 1993 - 2013 (1944-03-24) March 24, 1944 (age 74)

Historical district boundaries

2003 - 2013

See also


  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index - Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Barone, Michael; McCutcheon, Chuck (2013). The Almanac of American Politics 2014. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pp. 591-593. ISBN 978-0-226-10544-4. Copyright National Journal.
  3. ^ Illinois Congressional District 16, Illinois Board of Elections
  4. ^ Sweeny, Chuck. "Manzullo gears up for primary with new map". Illinois Conservatives (Source: Rockford Register Star). Retrieved 2014-092-17. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

External links

Coordinates: 41°23?29?N 88°47?58?W / 41.3914°N 88.7994°W / 41.3914; -88.7994

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