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Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district

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Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district
Pennsylvania Congressional District 15.png
Boundaries since January 3, 2019
Representative
  Glenn Thompson
RHoward
Population (2018)680,927
Median income50,166
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+20[1]

Pennsylvania's 15th Congressional District has been located in western Pennsylvania since February 2018. The district includes all of Warren County, McKean County, Forest County, Venango County, Elk County, Cameron County, Clarion County, Jefferson County, Armstrong County, Clearfield County, Indiana County, most of Cambria County and Centre County, and parts of Butler County.

From 2013 to 2019, the district stretched from the suburbs east of Harrisburg to communities east of Allentown and the New Jersey border. Counties located in the district included all of Lehigh County and parts of Berks County, Dauphin County, Lebanon County, and Northampton County.

From 2003 to 2013 it comprised all of Northampton County, most of Lehigh County, and small parts of Berks and Montgomery counties. The district included the Lehigh Valley, Indian Valley and Upper Perkiomen Valley regions. In the mid-20th century, it included Tioga County.

Since the 21st century, it has a slight Democratic tilt in registered voters due to the presence of fairly large cities such as Allentown and Bethlehem, with industrial histories. The Democrats in the Lehigh Valley are generally considered more moderate than their counterparts in the Philadelphia area, particularly on social issues. The district has elected Republican candidates for all but six years since 1979. During 1999–2005, Pat Toomey represented the district. From 2005 to 2018, fellow Republican Charlie Dent represented the district; in September 2017 he announced he would be retiring and not seek re-election in 2018. Democrat Susan Wild won the special election.

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania redrew the district in February 2018 after ruling the previous map unconstitutional because it had gerrymandered too much on behalf of the Republican Party. In 2012 Democrats had won only five of the state’s 18 congressional districts, the year the previous redistricting by the legislature took effect, although they won the House statewide popular vote by 1.5 percentage points.[2]

In the redistricting, the old 15th district had its boundaries compressed around Allentown and became the 7th district, while the old 5th district had its boundaries adjusted and became the 15th district for the 2018 election and representation thereafter.[3] It has been represented by Glenn Thompson since January 3, 2019.

List of members representing the district

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history Location
District created in 1813
Vacant March 4, 1813 –
May 14, 1813
13th Representative-elect Abner Lacock was elected in 1812 but resigned February 24, 1813. 1813–1823
[data unknown/missing]
Thomas Wilson Democratic-Republican May 14, 1813 –
March 3, 1817
13th
14th
Elected to finish Lacock's term.
Re-elected in 1814.
Retired.
Robert Moore Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1821
15th
16th
Elected in 1816.
Re-elected in 1818.
Lost re-election.
Patrick Farrelly Democratic-Republican March 4, 1821 –
March 3, 1823
17th Elected in 1820.
Redistricted to the 18th district.
Thomas Patterson Jacksonian Democratic-Republican March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
18th Redistricted from the 12th district and re-elected in 1822.
Retired.
1823–1833
[data unknown/missing]
Joseph Lawrence Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1829
19th
20th
Elected in 1824.
Re-elected in 1826.
Lost re-election.
William McCreery Jacksonian March 4, 1829 –
March 3, 1831
21st Elected in 1828.
Lost re-election.
Thomas McKean Thompson McKennan.png

Thomas M. T. McKennan
Anti-Masonic March 4, 1831 –
March 3, 1833
22nd Elected in 1830.
Redistricted to the 21st district.
Andrew Beaumont Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1837
23rd
24th
Elected in 1832.
Retired.
1833–1843
[data unknown/missing]
David Petrikin Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1841
25th
26th
[data unknown/missing]
Benjamin A. Bidlack Democratic March 4, 1841 –
March 3, 1843
27th [data unknown/missing]
Redistricted to the 11th district.
Henry Nes Independent
Democratic
March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
28th [data unknown/missing] 1843–1853
[data unknown/missing]
Moses McClean Democratic March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1847
29th [data unknown/missing]
Henry Nes Whig March 4, 1847 –
September 10, 1850
30th
31st
[data unknown/missing]
Died.
Vacant September 10, 1850 –
December 2, 1850
31st
Joel B. Danner Democratic December 2, 1850 –
March 3, 1851
Elected to finish Nes's term.
[data unknown/missing]
William H. Kurtz Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1853
32nd [data unknown/missing]
Redistricted to the 16th district.
James Gamble Democratic March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
33rd Redistricted from the 13th district.
[data unknown/missing]
1853–1863
[data unknown/missing]
John J. Pearce Opposition March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
34th [data unknown/missing]
Retired.
AllisonWhite.jpg

Allison White
Democratic March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
35th [data unknown/missing]
Lost re-election.
Hon. James T. Hale, Pa - NARA - 525352 (V2).jpg

James T. Hale
Republican March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1863
36th
37th
[data unknown/missing]
Redistricted to the 18th district.
JosephBaileyPA.jpg

Joseph Bailey
Democratic March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1865
38th Redistricted from the 16th district.
[data unknown/missing]
1863–1873
[data unknown/missing]
Adam John Glossbrenner.jpg

Adam J. Glossbrenner
Democratic March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1869
39th
40th
[data unknown/missing]
Lost re-election.
Richard Jacobs Haldeman - Brady-Handy.jpg

Richard J. Haldeman
Democratic March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1873
41st
42nd
[data unknown/missing]
Retired.
John Alexander Magee - Brady-Handy.jpg

John A. Magee
Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
43rd [data unknown/missing]
Lost renomination.
1873–1883
[data unknown/missing]
Joseph Powell (Towanda, Pennsylvania).jpg

Joseph Powell
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
44th [data unknown/missing]
Lost re-election.
Edward Overton, Jr. - Brady-Handy.jpg

Edward Overton Jr.
Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1881
45th
46th
[data unknown/missing]
Lost renomination.
Cornelius C. Jadwin.jpg

Cornelius C. Jadwin
Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1883
47th [data unknown/missing]
Lost re-election.
George Adams Post.jpg

George A. Post
Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
48th [data unknown/missing] 1883–1903
[data unknown/missing]
Frank Charles Bunnell.jpg

Frank C. Bunnell
Republican March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1889
49th
50th
[data unknown/missing]
Retired.
MyronBenjaminWright.jpg

Myron B. Wright
Republican March 4, 1889 –
November 13, 1894
51st
52nd
53rd
[data unknown/missing]
Died.
Vacant November 13, 1894 –
February 23, 1895
53rd
Edwin J. Jorden Republican February 23, 1895 –
March 3, 1895
Elected to finish Wright's term in the 53rd Congress.
Retired.
Vacant March 4, 1895 –
November 5, 1895
54th
James Hodge Codding.jpg

James H. Codding
Republican November 5, 1895 –
March 3, 1899
54th
55th
Elected to finish Wright's term in the 54th Congress.
Retired.
Charles Frederick Wright.jpg

Charles F. Wright
Republican March 4, 1899 –
March 3, 1903
56th
57th
[data unknown/missing]
Retired.
EliasDeemer.jpg

Elias Deemer
Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1907
58th
59th
Redistricted from the 16th district.
Lost re-election.
1903–1923
[data unknown/missing]
Wilson-William-Bauchop-130313.jpg

William B. Wilson
Democratic March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1913
60th
61st
62nd
[data unknown/missing]
Lost re-election.
Edgar R. Kiess.jpg

Edgar R. Kiess
Republican March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1923
63rd
64th
65th
66th
67th
[data unknown/missing]
Redistricted to the 16th district.
Louis T. McFadden.jpg

Louis T. McFadden
Republican March 4, 1923 –
January 3, 1935
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
Redistricted from the 14th district.
Lost re-election.
1923–1933
[data unknown/missing]
1933–1943
[data unknown/missing]
Charles E. Dietrich Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1937
74th [data unknown/missing]
Lost re-election.
Albert G. Rutherford.jpg

Albert G. Rutherford
Republican January 3, 1937 –
August 10, 1941
75th
76th
77th
[data unknown/missing]
Died.
Vacant August 10, 1941 –
November 4, 1941
77th
Wilson D. Gillette (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg

Wilson D. Gillette
Republican November 4, 1941 –
January 3, 1945
77th
78th
Elected to finish Rutherford's term.
Redistricted to the 14th district.
1943–1953
[data unknown/missing]
Robert F. Rich (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg

Robert F. Rich
Republican January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1951
79th
80th
81st
[data unknown/missing]
Retired.
Alvin Ray Bush.jpg

Alvin Bush
Republican January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1953
82nd [data unknown/missing]
Redistricted to the 17th district.
3909-walter-francis-e.jpg

Francis E. Walter
Democratic January 3, 1953 –
May 31, 1963
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
Redistricted from the 21st district.
Died.
1953–1963
[data unknown/missing]
1963–1973
[data unknown/missing]
Vacant May 31, 1963 –
July 30, 1963
88th
Fred B. Rooney.jpg

Fred B. Rooney
Democratic July 30, 1963 –
January 3, 1979
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
Elected to finish Walter's term.
Lost re-election.
1973–1983
[data unknown/missing]
Don Ritter.png

Donald L. Ritter
Republican January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1993
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
[data unknown/missing]
Lost re-election.
1983–1993
[data unknown/missing]
PFMcHaleJr.jpg

Paul F. McHale
Democratic January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1999
103rd
104th
105th
[data unknown/missing]
Retired.
1993–2003
[data unknown/missing]
Pat Toomey Congress.jpg

Pat Toomey
Republican January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2005
106th
107th
108th
[data unknown/missing]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
2003–2013
PACongressionalDistrict15.png
Charles W. Dent, official photo portrait, color.jpg

Charlie Dent
Republican January 3, 2005 –
May 12, 2018
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
Elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Resigned.
2013–2019
Pennsylvania US Congressional District 15 (since 2013).tif
Vacant May 12, 2018 –
November 27, 2018
115th
Susan Wild, Official Portrait, 115th Congress.jpg

Susan Wild
Democratic November 27, 2018 –
January 3, 2019
Elected to finish Dent's term.[4]
Redistricted to the 7th district.
Glennthompson.jpg

G. T. Thompson
Republican January 3, 2019 –
Present
116th Redistricted from the 5th district and re-elected in 2018. 2019–present
Pennsylvania Congressional District 15.png

Recent Elections

Year Election Nominee Party Votes % Nominee Party Votes % Nominee Party Votes %
2000 General Pat Toomey Republican 118,307 53% Edward J. O'Brien Democratic 103,864 47%
2002 General Pat Toomey Republican 98,493 57% Edward J. O'Brien Democratic 73,212 43%
2004 General Charlie Dent Republican 170,634 59% Joe Driscoll Democratic 141,646 39%
2006 General Charlie Dent Republican 106,153 54% Charles Dertinger Democratic 86,186 43%
2008 General Charlie Dent Republican 181,433 59% Sam Bennett Democratic 128,333 41%
2010 General Charlie Dent Republican 109,501 54% John Callahan Democratic 79,857 39% Jake Towne Independent 14,252 8%
2012 General Charlie Dent Republican 168,960 57% Rick Daugherty Democratic 128,764 43%
2014 General Charlie Dent Republican 128,285 100%
2016 General Charlie Dent Republican 185,204 58% Rick Daugherty Democratic 120,190 38% Paul Rizzo Libertarian 11,332 4%
2018 Special Marty Nothstein Republican 129,594 48.26% Susan Wild Democratic 130,353 48.54%
2018 General G. T. Thompson Republican 162,386 67.9% Susan Boser Democratic 76,769 32.1%

See also

References

  1. ^ "New Pennsylvania Map Is a Major Boost for Democrats". The Cook Political Report. February 20, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  2. ^ "Adventures in Extreme Gerrymandering: See the Fair and Wildly Unfair Maps We Made for Pennsylvania", QUOCTRUNG BUI and NATE COHN, New York Times, 17 January 2018
  3. ^ Cohn, Nate; Bloch, Matthew; Quealy, Kevin (February 19, 2018). "The New Pennsylvania House Districts Are In. We Review the Mapmakers' Choices". The Upshot. The New York Times. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  4. ^ Olson, Laura. "Susan Wild wins special congressional election to finish Charlie Dent's term". The Morning Call.

External links

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