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2015 United States House of Representatives elections

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2015 United States House of Representatives elections

← 2014 May 12, 2015 – September 10, 2015 2016 →

3 of the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives
218 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
John Boehner official portrait.jpg
Nancy Pelosi 2012.jpg
Leader John Boehner Nancy Pelosi
Party Republican Democratic
Leader since February 2, 2006 January 3, 2003
Leader's seat Ohio 8th California 12th
Last election 247 seats 188 seats
Seats won 3 0
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 123,910 61,405
Percentage 64.1% 31.8%

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     Republican hold

There were three special elections to the United States House of Representatives in 2015 during the 115th United States Congress.

All of the elections were won by the party previously holding the seat. Therefore, there were no net changes in party.

Elections are sorted by date and district.


District Incumbent This race
Member Party First elected Results Candidates
New York 11 Michael Grimm Republican 2010 Incumbent resigned December 30, 2014.
A special election was held May 5, 2015.
Republican hold.
Mississippi 1 Alan Nunnelee Republican 2010 Incumbent died February 6, 2015.
A special election was held May 12, 2015.
Republican hold.
  • Green tickY Trent Kelly (Republican) 69.97%
  • Walter Zinn (Democratic) 30.03%
Illinois 18 Aaron Schock Republican 2008 Incumbent resigned March 31, 2015.
A special election was held September 10, 2015.
Republican hold.

New York's 11th district

A special election was held on May 5, 2015 to fill the vacancy of Michael Grimm, who resigned from Congress on January 5, 2015 after pleading guilty to tax evasion.[1] Local party leaders in Brooklyn and Staten Island selected their nominees, replacing a primary.[2] Republican nominee Dan Donovan was elected to the seat, defeating his Democratic challenger Vincent J. Gentile.

2015 New York's 11th congressional district special election[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Donovan 19,065 44.85
Conservative Dan Donovan 4,289 10.09
Independence Dan Donovan 1,443 3.39
Total Dan Donovan 24,797 58.33
Democratic Vincent Gentile 15,595 36.69
Working Families Vincent Gentile 1,454 3.42
Total Vincent Gentile 17,049 40.11
Green James Lane 567 1.33
Write-in 96 0.23
Total votes 42,509 100.00
Republican hold

Mississippi's 1st district

Representative Alan Nunnelee died on February 6, 2015 after health complications with his brain.[5] Governor Phil Bryant called for a nonpartisan blanket primary to be held on May 12, 2015, with a runoff between the top two finishers on June 2, 2015.[6] The primary consisted of thirteen candidates, with all but one being affiliated with the Republican Party. In the runoff, Republican Trent Kelly defeated Democrat Walter Zinn by a wide margin.

2015 Mississippi's 1st congressional district special runoff election[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Trent Kelly 69,516 69.97
Nonpartisan Walter Zinn 29,831 30.03
Total votes 99,347 100.00
Republican hold

Illinois's 18th district

A special election was held on September 10, 2015 following the resignation of Aaron Schock on March 31, 2015 amid a scandal involving his use of public and campaign funds.[8] Primary elections were set for July 7 to comply with the UOCAVA, despite Illinois law calling for a stricter deadline.[9] Republican nominee Darin LaHood defeated Democratic nominee Rob Mellon by over thirty percentage points.

2015 Illinois's 18th congressional district special election[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Darin LaHood 35,329 68.84
Democratic Rob Mellon 15,979 31.14
Write-in Constant "Conner" Vlakancic 7 0.01
Write-in Roger K. Davis 4 0.01
Total votes 51,319 100.00
Republican hold


  1. ^ Pergram, Chad (December 30, 2014). "Rep. Michael Grimm to resign after admitting to tax evasion". Fox News. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  2. ^ "The Wildest Story In The Republican Party Right Now". Business Insider. December 23, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  3. ^ "11th Congressional District". New York Board of Elections. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  4. ^ "Statement and Return Report for Certification" (PDF). Board of Elections in the City of New York. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  5. ^ "Alan Nunnelee, Mississippi congressman, dies at 56". The Clarion-Ledger. February 6, 2015. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  6. ^ Cahn, Emily (May 12, 2015). "Mississippi Special Election Heads to Runoff". Roll Call. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  7. ^ "Total Votes Reported by County for the 2015 Special Runoff Election". Mississippi Secretary of State. Archived from the original on July 27, 2019. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  8. ^ Sherman, Jake (March 17, 2015). "Aaron Schock resigns after new questions about mileage expenses". POLITICO. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  9. ^ Garcia, Monique (April 14, 2015). "Judge sets special election dates for Schock seat in Congress". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  10. ^ "Election Results – Special General Election - 9/10/2015". Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  11. ^ Kaergard, Chris (September 10, 2015). "State Sen. Darin LaHood wins special election to replace Aaron Schock". Journal Star. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
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