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Nebraska's 2nd congressional district

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Nebraska's 2nd congressional district
Nebraska US Congressional District 2 (since 2013).tif
Nebraska's 2nd congressional district since January 3, 2013
  Don Bacon
  • 97.86% urban
  • 2.14% rural
Population (2019)684,882
Median household
Cook PVIR+1[2]
Nebraska's 2nd congressional district (from 2023)
Nebraska's 2nd congressional district (from 2023)

Nebraska's 2nd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Nebraska that encompasses the core of the Omaha–Council Bluffs metropolitan area. It includes all of Douglas County, which includes Omaha, as well as the suburban areas of the western part of Sarpy County. It has been represented in the United States House of Representatives since 2017 by Don Bacon, a member of the Republican Party. In the 2020 presidential election, it was one of nine districts to vote for Joe Biden while being won or held by a Republican.


According to the APM Research Lab's Voter Profile Tools[3] (featuring the U.S. Census Bureau's 2019 American Community Survey), the district contained about 473,000 potential voters (citizens, age 18+). Of these, 80% are White, 9% Black, and 6% Latino. Immigrants make up 5% of the district's potential voters. Median income among households (with one or more potential voter) in the district is about $73,400, while 8% of households live below the poverty line. As for the educational attainment of potential voters in the district, 40% hold a bachelor's or higher degree.

Electoral vote in presidential elections

Nebraska and Maine are the only two states in the United States which distribute their electoral votes for president based on presidential candidates' performance in their respective congressional districts in addition to their statewide performance. The statewide popular vote winner for president receives two electoral votes, and the winner of each of Nebraska's congressional districts—there are currently three such districts—receives an electoral vote from the respective district.

While the rest of the state's electorate tends to be solidly Republican, the 2nd district is much more closely divided between the two main parties—Republican and Democratic.

In the 2008 United States presidential election, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama targeted the district as a strategy of breaking a potential electoral-vote tie.[4] He won the district's electoral vote by a margin of 3,325 votes over his chief general election opponent, Republican John McCain.[5] However, McCain won Nebraska's statewide popular vote, as well as the district-wide popular vote for the other two Nebraska congressional districts, thus receiving four electoral votes from Nebraska.[5]

Obama's victory in the 2nd district meant that Nebraska's electoral delegation was split for the first time ever. It also marked the first Nebraskan electoral vote for a Democrat since 1964.[5] By contrast, in 2012 and 2016, Republican presidential nominees Mitt Romney and Donald Trump won the 2nd district, as well as the overall statewide vote and the electoral votes of the first and third districts.[6] The district flipped back to the Democratic Party in 2020, giving its one electoral vote to Joe Biden.[citation needed]

Recent elections

This district is known as a swing district; it was one of two districts with a margin of less than 5% in all five elections after the 2010 Census. It has also backed the overall winner of every presidential election who won the Electoral College vote since 2000, except for when it voted for the losing candidate Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in 2012. Additionally, it is one of nine districts that voted for Joe Biden in 2020 while being held or won by a Republican.

2006 election

Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lee Terry (Incumbent) 99,475 54.7% −6.4%
Democratic Jim Esch 82,504 45.3% +9.1%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 181,979

2008 election

Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lee Terry (Incumbent) 142,473 51.9% −2.8%
Democratic Jim Esch 131,901 48.1% +2.8%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 274,374

2010 election

Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lee Terry (Incumbent) 93,840 60.8% +8.9%
Democratic Tom White 60,486 39.2% −8.9%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 154,326

2012 election

Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lee Terry (Incumbent) 133,964 50.8% −10.0%
Democratic John Ewing 129,767 49.2% +10.0%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 263,731

2014 election

Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Brad Ashford 83,872 49.0% −0.2%
Republican Lee Terry (Incumbent) 78,157 45.7% −5.1%
Libertarian Steven Laird 9,021 5.3% +5.3%
Democratic gain from Republican Swing
Turnout 171,050

2016 election

Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Don Bacon 141,066 48.9% +3.2%
Democratic Brad Ashford (Incumbent) 137,602 47.7% −1.3%
Libertarian Steven Laird 9,640 3.3% −2.0%
Republican gain from Democratic Swing
Turnout 288,308

2018 election

Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District Election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Don Bacon (Incumbent) 126,715 51.0% +2.1%
Democratic Kara Eastman 121,770 49.0% +1.3%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 248,485

2020 election

Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District Election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Don Bacon (Incumbent) 171,071 50.8% -0.2%
Democratic Kara Eastman 155,706 46.2% -2.8%
Libertarian Tyler Schaeffer 10,185 3% +3%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 336,962


In 2011, Nebraska lawmakers changed the district to excise Offutt Air Force Base and the city of Bellevue — an area with a large minority population — and moved the borders to include the Republican-heavy Omaha suburbs in Sarpy County. The move was expected to dilute the city's urban Democratic vote, which Democrats criticized for gerrymandering.[7]

In 2021, Republicans proposed a new map for district 2 which encompasses southern Douglas County, Sarpy and Saunders counties. Another map backed by Democrats would keep Douglas County whole but move Bellevue, in Sarpy County, back into the 2nd District, where it was located prior to the Legislature’s 2011 redistricting. The Democratic plan would also remove suburban areas of the 2nd District that lean Republican.[8] The Republican congressional redistricting plan passed the committee 5-4 on party line vote but was stopped by a filibuster 29-17 on September 17th.[9]

List of members representing the district

Member Party Years of Service Cong
Electoral history Counties
District created March 4, 1883
James Laird (Nebraska Congressman).jpg

James Laird
Republican March 4, 1883 –
August 17, 1889
Elected in 1882.
Re-elected in 1884.
Re-elected in 1886.
Re-elected in 1888.
Cass, Douglas, Gage, Johnson, Lancaster, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, Sarpy, Saunders, Washington
Gilbert L. Laws (Nebraska Congressman).jpg

Gilbert L. Laws
Republican December 2, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
51st Elected to finish Laird's term.
Cass, Douglas, Gage, Johnson, Lancaster, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, Sarpy, Saunders, Washington
William A. McKeighan (Nebraska Congressman).jpg

William A. McKeighan
Populist March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
52nd Elected in 1890.
Redistricted to the 5th district.
Cass, Douglas, Gage, Johnson, Lancaster, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, Sarpy, Saunders, Washington
Portrait of David Henry Mercer from Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography 1914.png

David Henry Mercer
Republican March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1903
Elected in 1892.
Re-elected in 1894.
Re-elected in 1896.
Re-elected in 1898.
Re-elected in 1900.
Lost re-election.
Douglas, Sarpy, Washington

Gilbert M. Hitchcock
Democratic March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1905
58th Elected in 1902.
Lost re-election.
Douglas, Sarpy, Washington
John L. Kennedy (Nebraska Congressman).jpg

John L. Kennedy
Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 3, 1907
59th Elected in 1904.
Lost re-election.
Douglas, Sarpy, Washington

Gilbert M. Hitchcock
Democratic March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1911
Elected in 1906.
Re-elected in 1908.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
Douglas, Sarpy, Washington

Charles O. Lobeck
Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 3, 1919
Elected in 1910.
Re-elected in 1912.
Re-elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
Lost re-election.
Douglas, Sarpy, Washington

Albert W. Jefferis
Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1923
Elected in 1918.
Re-elected in 1920.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
Douglas, Sarpy, Washington

Willis G. Sears
Republican March 4, 1923 –
March 3, 1931
Elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Re-elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928.
Lost renomination.
Douglas, Sarpy, Washington
Howard Malcolm Baldrige, Sr.png

H. Malcolm Baldrige
Republican March 4, 1931 –
March 3, 1933
72nd Elected in 1930.
Lost re-election.
Douglas, Sarpy, Washington
BURKE, Edward Raymond,.jpg

Edward R. Burke
Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
73rd Elected in 1932.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
Douglas, Sarpy, Washington
Charles F. McLaughlin.jpg

Charles F. McLaughlin
Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1943
Elected in 1934.
Re-elected in 1936.
Re-elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Lost re-election.
Douglas, Sarpy, Washington
Howard Buffett.jpg

Howard Buffett
Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1949
Elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
Re-elected in 1946.
Lost re-election.
Cass, Douglas, Otoe, Sarpy, Washington
Eugene D. O'Sullivan (Nebraska Congressman).jpg

Eugene D. O'Sullivan
Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1951
81st Elected in 1948.
Lost re-election.
Cass, Douglas, Otoe, Sarpy, Washington
Howard Buffett.jpg

Howard Buffett
Republican January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1953
82nd Elected in 1950.
Cass, Douglas, Otoe, Sarpy, Washington
Roman Hruska.png

Roman Hruska
Republican January 3, 1953 –
November 8, 1954
83rd Elected in 1952.
Resigned when elected U.S. Senator.
Cass, Douglas, Otoe, Sarpy, Washington
Jackson B. Chase (Nebraska Congressman).jpg

Jackson B. Chase
Republican January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1957
84th Elected in 1954.
Cass, Douglas, Otoe, Sarpy, Washington
Glenn Cunningham 1969.jpg

Glenn Cunningham
Republican January 3, 1957 –
January 3, 1971
Elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Re-elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Lost renomination.
Burt (91st), Cass, Douglas, Otoe (85th–87th), Sarpy, Washington
John Y. McCollister.jpg

John Y. McCollister
Republican January 3, 1971 –
January 3, 1977
Elected in 1970.
Re-elected in 1972.
Re-elected in 1974.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
Burt, Cass, Douglas, Sarpy, Washington
John Cavanagh.png

John J. Cavanaugh
Democratic January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1981
Elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Burt, Cass, Douglas, Sarpy, Washington
Hal daub.jpg

Hal Daub
Republican January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1989
Elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
Burt, Cass, Douglas, Sarpy, Washington

Peter Hoagland
Democratic January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 1995
Elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Lost re-election.
Burt (101st–102nd), Cass, Douglas, Sarpy, Washington (101st–102nd)
Jon Christensen.jpg

Jon L. Christensen
Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 1999
Elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Retired to run for Governor.
Part of Cass, Douglas, Sarpy
Lee Terry, Official Portrait,113th Congress.jpg

Lee Terry
Republican January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2015
Elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Lost re-election.
Part of Cass (106th–107th), Douglas, Sarpy
Brad Ashford Congress.jpg

Brad Ashford
Democratic January 3, 2015 –
January 3, 2017
114th Elected in 2014.
Lost re-election.
Douglas, Part of Sarpy
Don Bacon 117th Congress.jpg

Don Bacon
Republican January 3, 2017 –
Elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.
Re-elected in 2020.
Douglas, Part of Sarpy

Election results from presidential races

Year Office Results
2000 President George W. Bush 57% – Al Gore 39%
2004 President George W. Bush 60% – John Kerry 38%
2008 President Barack Obama 50% – John McCain 49%
2012 President Mitt Romney 53% – Barack Obama 46%
2016 President Donald Trump 48% – Hillary Clinton 46%
2020 President Joe Biden 52% – Donald Trump 46%

Historical district boundaries


See also


  1. ^ Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census Bureau. "My Congressional District".
  2. ^ "Introducing the 2021 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index". The Cook Political Report. April 15, 2021. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  3. ^ "Representing US: 2020 Voter Profiles". APM Research Lab. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  4. ^ Curry, Tom (November 2, 2008). "Is Obama-Terry the winning ticket in Omaha?". NBC News. Retrieved November 20, 2008. If the national electoral vote tally is close, then the one electoral vote in Omaha would loom large. But with Obama apparently ahead in competitive states such as Virginia, the presidency may not hinge on Omaha's vote.
  5. ^ a b c Staff reporter (November 14, 2008). "Obama wins 1 of Nebraska's electoral votes". AP. Retrieved October 17, 2009. (Archived by WebCite at
  6. ^ Walton, Don (November 7, 2012). "Romney wins 2nd District electoral vote". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved November 7, 2012. Republican nominee Mitt Romney appeared to have won the battle for Nebraska's only competitive presidential electoral vote Tuesday night. [...] Romney held comfortable leads in both the 1st District, which includes Lincoln, and the vast 3rd District, as well as statewide. (Archived by WebCite at
  7. ^ Schulte, Grant (May 27, 2011). "Nebraska Redistricting Maps Approved". AP. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
  8. ^ "Nebraska redistricting panel hits impasse, turns to public".
  9. ^ "First-round debate begins on congressional redistricting plan". September 17, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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