Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District
Kentucky's 2nd congressional district
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Kentucky's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
U.S. RepresentativeBrett Guthrie(R-Bowling Green)
Distribution
  • 49.77[1]% urban
  • 50.23% rural
Population (2016)754,967[2]
Median income$49,960
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+19[3]

Kentucky's 2nd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Kentucky. Located in west central Kentucky, the district includes Bowling Green, Owensboro, and Elizabethtown. The district has not seen an incumbent defeated since 1884.

The district is currently represented by Republican Brett Guthrie.

Former Representative Democrat William Natcher is noted for holding the record for most consecutive roll call votes in the history of Congress - more than 18,000 votes.

Characteristics

The district is similar in character to the 1st district. While Democrats still hold most local offices in the district, they tend to be very conservative on social issues, a trend that leads them to vote Republican in most national elections.

As of June 2016, there were 532,145 registered voters: 267,853 (50.33%) Democrats, 222,631 (41.84%) Republicans, and 29,501 (5.54%) "Others". All of the "Others" included 11,071 (2.08%) Independents, 843 (0.16%) Libertarians, 146 (0.02%) Greens, 65 (0.01%) Constitutionalists, 16 (0.003%) Reforms, and 19 (0.003%) Socialists.[4]

Until January 1, 2006, Kentucky did not track party affiliation for registered voters who were neither Democratic nor Republican.[5] The Kentucky voter registration card does not explicitly list anything other than Democratic Party, Republican Party, or Other, with the "Other" option having a blank line and no instructions on how to register as something else.[6]

Kentucky counties within the 2nd congressional district: Barren | Boyle | Breckinridge | Bullitt | Butler | Daviess | Edmonson | Garrard | Grayson | Green | Hancock | Hardin | Hart | Jessamine (partial) | LaRue | Meade | Mercer | Nelson | Spencer (partial) | Warren | Washington (partial)

List of representatives

Representative Party Service Notes
Alexander D. Orr Anti-Administration November 8, 1792 -
March 3, 1795
[Data unknown/missing.]
Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1795 -
March 3, 1797
John Fowler Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1797 -
March 3, 1803
Redistricted to the 5th district
John Boyle Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1803 -
March 3, 1809
[Data unknown/missing.]
Samuel McKee Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1809 -
March 3, 1813
Redistricted to the 7th district
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Henry Clay
Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1813 -
January 19, 1814
Redistricted from the 5th district and re-elected in 1812.

Resigned to accept a position as diplomatic envoy to Great Britain.
Vacant January 19, 1814 -
March 29, 1814
Joseph H. Hawkins Democratic-
Republican
March 29, 1814 -
March 3, 1815
Elected to finish Clay's term.

Retired.
Vacant March 3, 1815 -
October 30, 1815
Henry Clay was re-elected in 1814, but the Governor declared the seat vacant as Clay was out of the country.
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Henry Clay
Democratic-
Republican
October 30, 1815 -
March 4, 1821
Elected to finish his vacant term.

[Data unknown/missing.]
Samuel H. Woodson Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1821 -
March 3, 1823
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Thomas Metcalfe
Adams-Clay
Democratic-
Republican
March 3, 1823 -
March 3, 1825
Redistricted from the 4th district
Resigned to run for Governor
Adams March 4, 1825 -
June 1, 1828
Vacant
June 1, 1828 -
December 1, 1828
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John Chambers
Adams December 1, 1828 -
March 3, 1829
[Data unknown/missing.]
Nicholas D. Coleman Jacksonian March 4, 1829 -
March 3, 1831
[Data unknown/missing.]
Thomas A. Marshall Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1831 -
March 3, 1833
Redistricted to the 12th district
Albert G. Hawes Jacksonian March 4, 1833 -
March 3, 1837
Redistricted from the 11th district
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Edward Rumsey
Whig March 4, 1837 -
March 3, 1839
[Data unknown/missing.]
Philip Triplett Whig March 4, 1839 -
March 3, 1843
[Data unknown/missing.]
Willis Green Whig March 4, 1843 -
March 3, 1845
Redistricted from the 6th district
John H. McHenry Whig March 4, 1845 -
March 3, 1847
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Beverly L. Clarke
Democratic March 4, 1847 -
March 3, 1849
[Data unknown/missing.]
James L. Johnson Whig March 4, 1849 -
March 3, 1851
[Data unknown/missing.]
Benjamin E. Grey Whig March 4, 1851 -
March 3, 1855
[Data unknown/missing.]
John P. Campbell Jr. Know Nothing March 4, 1855 -
March 3, 1857
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Samuel Peyton
Democratic March 4, 1857 -
March 3, 1861
[Data unknown/missing.]
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James S. Jackson
Unionist March 4, 1861 -
December 13, 1861
Resigned to enter the Union Army
Vacant
December 13, 1861 -
December 1, 1862
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George H. Yeaman
Unionist December 1, 1862 -
March 4, 1865
Lost re-election
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Burwell C. Ritter
Democratic March 4, 1865 -
March 3, 1867
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant
March 4, 1867 -
March 3, 1869
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William N. Sweeney
Democratic March 4, 1869 -
March 3, 1871
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Henry D. McHenry
Democratic March 4, 1871 -
March 3, 1873
[Data unknown/missing.]
John Y. Brown 1835-1904 - Brady-Handy.jpg
John Y. Brown
Democratic March 4, 1873 -
March 3, 1877
[Data unknown/missing.]
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James A. McKenzie
Democratic March 4, 1877 -
March 3, 1883
[Data unknown/missing.]
James F. Clay Democratic March 4, 1883 -
March 3, 1885
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Polk Laffoon
Democratic March 4, 1885 -
March 3, 1889
[Data unknown/missing.]
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William T. Ellis
Democratic March 4, 1889 -
March 3, 1895
[Data unknown/missing.]
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John D. Clardy
Democratic March 4, 1895 -
March 3, 1899
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Henry D. Allen
Democratic March 4, 1899 -
March 3, 1903
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Augustus O. Stanley
Democratic March 4, 1903 -
March 3, 1915
[Data unknown/missing.]
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David H. Kincheloe
Democratic March 4, 1915 -
October 5, 1930
Resigned after being appointed to the United States Customs Court
Vacant
October 5, 1930 -
November 4, 1930
John L. Dorsey Jr. Democratic November 4, 1930 -
March 3, 1931
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Glover H. Cary
Democratic March 4, 1931 -
March 3, 1933
Redistricted to the At-large district
District redistricted to At-large district March 4, 1933
District re-established January 3, 1935 from At-large district
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Glover H. Cary
Democratic March 4, 1935 -
December 5, 1936
Redistricted from the At-large district; Died
Vacant
December 5, 1936 -
March 2, 1937
Beverly M. Vincent Democratic March 2, 1937 -
January 3, 1945
Retired
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Earle Clements
Democratic January 3, 1945 -
January 6, 1948
Resigned after being elected Governor
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John A. Whitaker
Democratic April 17, 1948 -
December 15, 1951
Died
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Garrett Withers
Democratic August 2, 1952 -
April 30, 1953
Died
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William Natcher
Democratic August 1, 1953 -
March 29, 1994
Died
Vacant
March 29, 1994 -
May 24, 1994
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Ron Lewis
Republican May 24, 1994 -
January 3, 2009
Retired
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Brett Guthrie
Republican January 3, 2009 -
Present
[Data unknown/missing.]

Recent election results

2002

Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District Election p2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ron Lewis* 122,773 69.64
Democratic David Lynn Williams 51,431 29.17
Libertarian Robert Guy Dyer 2,084 1.18
Total votes 176,288 100.00
Turnout
Republican hold

2004

Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ron Lewis* 185,394 67.92
Democratic Adam Smith 87,585 32.08
Total votes 272,979 100.00
Turnout
Republican hold

2006

Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ron Lewis* 118,548 55.41
Democratic Mike Weaver 95,415 44.59
Total votes 213,963 100.00
Turnout
Republican hold

2008

Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brett Guthrie 158,936 52.57
Democratic David E. Boswell 143,379 47.43
Total votes 302,315 100.00
Turnout
Republican hold

2010

Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brett Guthrie* 155,906 67.89
Democratic Ed Marksberry 73,749 28.75
Total votes 229,655 100.00
Turnout
Republican hold

2012

Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brett Guthrie* 181,508 64.30
Democratic David Lynn Williams 89,541 31.72
Independent Andrew R. Beacham 6,304 2.23
Libertarian Craig Astor 4,914 1.74
Total votes 282,267 100.00
Turnout
Republican hold

2014

Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District Election (2014)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brett Guthrie* 156,936 69.19
Democratic Ron Leach 69,898 30.81
Total votes 226,834 100.00
Turnout
Republican hold

2016

Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District Election (2016)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brett Guthrie* 251,823 100.00
Total votes 251,823 100.00
Turnout
Republican hold

Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky's 2nd congressional district

As of June 2017, one former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky's 2nd congressional district is alive. The most recent representative to die was William Huston Natcher (1953-1994) on March 29, 1994.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Ron Lewis 1994-2009 (1946-09-14) September 14, 1946 (age 72)

Historical district boundaries

2003 - 2013

See also

References

  1. ^ Geography, US Census Bureau. "Congressional Districts Relationship Files (state-based)". www.census.gov.
  2. ^ Bureau, Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov.
  3. ^ "Partisan Voting Index - Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Voter Stats" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-29.
  5. ^ "Kentucky Administrative Regulations 31KAR4:150". Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. November 2005. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Register To Vote". Kentucky State Board of Elections. August 2003. Retrieved .

Coordinates: 37°32?41?N 85°59?26?W / 37.54472°N 85.99056°W / 37.54472; -85.99056


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