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Virginia's 6th congressional district

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Virginia's 6th congressional district
Virginia US Congressional District 6 (since 2013).tif
Virginia’s 6th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Ben Cline
RRockbridge County
Distribution
  • 64.34% urban[1]
  • 35.66% rural
Population (2016)754,859[2]
Median income$50,061
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+13[3]

Virginia’s sixth congressional district is a United States congressional district in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It covers much of the west-central portion of the state, including Roanoke, Lynchburg and most of the Shenandoah Valley. The current representative is Ben Cline (R), who has held the seat since the 2019 retirement of incumbent Republican Bob Goodlatte.

The district was an open seat in 2018. In November 2017, Goodlatte announced that he would retire from Congress at the end of his current term, and would not seek re-election.[4]

Historically, the 6th district was one of the first areas of Virginia to turn Republican. Many of the old Byrd Democrats in the area began splitting their tickets and voting Republican at the national level as early as the 1930s. It was also one of the first areas of Virginia where Republicans were able to break the long Democratic dominance at the state and local level. The district itself was in Republican hands from 1953 to 1983. Democrat Jim Olin then won the seat in 1982, and held it for a decade before Goodlatte won it.

Some counties in the district have not supported a Democrat for president since Franklin D. Roosevelt. For instance, Highland and Shenandoah counties last voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in 1932, and Augusta and Roanoke counties have not supported a Democrat since 1944.[5] The district as a whole has not supported a Democrat for president since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.

Area covered

It covers all or part of the following political subdivisions:

Counties

The entirety of:

Portions of:

Cities

Recent results in statewide elections

Year Office Results
1996 President Dole 50%–40%[citation needed]
Senator Warner 54%–46%[citation needed]
1997 Governor Gilmore 60%–38%[citation needed]
Lieutenant Governor Hager 53%–43%[citation needed]
Attorney General Earley 62%–38%[citation needed]
2000 President Bush 60%–37%[citation needed]
Senator Allen 58%–42%[citation needed]
2001 Governor Earley 51%–49%[citation needed]
Lieutenant Governor Katzen 54%–45%[citation needed]
Attorney General Kilgore 67%–33%[citation needed]
2004 President Bush 63%–36%[citation needed]
2008 President McCain 57%–42%[citation needed]
2013 Governor Cuccinelli 57%–35%–7%[6]
Lieutenant Governor Jackson 58%–42%[7]
Attorney General Obenshain 64%–35%[8]
2014 Senator Gillespie 60%–37%[9]
2018 Senator Stewart 57%–41%[10]

List of members representing the district

Representative Party Term Cong
ress
Electoral history
Isaac Coles.jpg

Isaac Coles
Anti-Administration March 4, 1789 –
March 3, 1791
1st Elected in 1789.
Re-elected in 1790.
Retired.
A-Bedford-Venable.jpg

Abraham B. Venable
Anti-Administration March 4, 1791 –
March 3, 1793
2nd Elected in 1790.
Redistricted to the 7th district.
Isaac Coles.jpg

Isaac Coles
Anti-Administration March 4, 1793 –
March 3, 1795
3rd
4th
Elected in 1793.
Re-elected in 1795.
Retired.
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1797
Matthew Clay Democratic-Republican March 4, 1797 –
March 3, 1803
5th
6th
7th
Elected in 1797.
Re-elected in 1799.
Re-elected in 1801.
Redistricted to the 14th district.
Abram Trigg Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1809
8th
9th
10th
Redistricted from the 4th district and re-elected in 1803.
Re-elected in 1805.
Re-elected in 1807.
Retired.
Daniel Sheffey Federalist March 4, 1809 –
March 3, 1817
11th
12th
13th
14th
Elected in 1809.
Re-elected in 1811.
Re-elected in 1813.
Re-elected in 1815.
Retired.
1812 Alexander Smyth.jpg

Alexander Smyth
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1823
15th
16th
17th
Elected in 1817.
Redistricted to the 22nd district.
Prof. George Tucker.jpg

George Tucker
Crawford Democratic-Republican March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
18th Redistricted from the 15th district and re-elected in 1823.
Lost re-election.
Thomas Davenport Jackson March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1833
19th
20th
21st
22nd
23rd
Elected in 1825.
Re-elected in 1827.
Re-elected in 1829.
[data unknown/missing]
Anti-Jackson March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1835
[data unknown/missing]
Lost re-election.
Walter Coles Jackson March 4, 1835 –
March 3, 1837
24th
25th
26th
27th
[data unknown/missing]
Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1843
[data unknown/missing]
Redistricted to the 3rd district.
JohnWinstonJones.jpg

John W. Jones
Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
28th [data unknown/missing]
Retired.
James Alexander Seddon 1.jpg

James A. Seddon
Democratic March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1847
29th [data unknown/missing]
Retired.
JMBotts.jpg

John M. Botts
Whig March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1849
30th [data unknown/missing]
Lost re-election.
James Alexander Seddon 1.jpg

James A. Seddon
Democratic March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1851
31st [data unknown/missing]
Retired.
JohnCaskie.jpg

John S. Caskie
Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1853
32nd [data unknown/missing]
Redistricted to the 3rd district.
Paulus Powell Democratic March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1859
33rd
34th
35th
[data unknown/missing]
Lost re-election.
Shelton F. Leake Independent Democratic March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1861
36th [data unknown/missing]
Retired.
Vacant March 4, 1861 –
January 26, 1870
Civil War
WMilnesJr.jpg

William Milnes Jr.
Conservative January 27, 1870 –
March 3, 1871
41st [data unknown/missing]
Lost re-election.
JTHarris.jpg

John T. Harris
Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1873
42nd [data unknown/missing]
Redistricted to the 7th district.
TWhitehead.jpg

Thomas Whitehead
Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
43rd [data unknown/missing]
Retired.
John Randolph Tucker 1823-1897 - Brady-Handy.jpg

John R. Tucker
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1885
44th
45th
46th
47th
48th
[data unknown/missing]
Redistricted to the 10th district.
John W. Daniel - Brady-Handy.jpg

John W. Daniel
Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1887
49th [data unknown/missing]
Elected to the U.S. Senate
Samuel I. Hopkins Labor Party March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1889
50th [data unknown/missing]
Retired.
PaulCEdmunds.jpg

Paul C. Edmunds
Democratic March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1895
51st
52nd
53rd
[data unknown/missing]
Retired.
Peter J. Otey.jpeg

Peter J. Otey
Democratic March 4, 1895 –
May 4, 1902
54th
55th
56th
57th
[data unknown/missing]
Died.
Vacant May 5, 1902 –
November 3, 1902
Senator Carter Glass of Virginia.jpg

E. Carter Glass
Democratic November 4, 1902 –
December 16, 1918
57th
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
65th
Elected to finish Otey's term.
Elected the same day to the next term.
Re-elected in 1904.
Re-elected in 1906.
Re-elected in 1908.
Re-elected in 1910.
Re-elected in 1912.
Re-elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
Re-elected in 1918.
Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of Treasury.
Vacant December 17, 1918 –
February 24, 1919
65th
JamesPWoods.jpg

James P. Woods
Democratic February 25, 1919 –
March 3, 1923
65th
66th
67th
Elected to finish Glass's term.
Elected the same day to the next term.
Lost re-election.
CliftonAWoodrum.jpg

Clifton A. Woodrum
Democratic March 4, 1923 –
March 3, 1933
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
[data unknown/missing]
Redistricted to the at-large seat.
District eliminated March 4, 1933
District recreated January 3, 1935
CliftonAWoodrum.jpg

Clifton A. Woodrum
Democratic January 3, 1935 –
December 31, 1945
74th
75th
76th
77th
78th
79th
[data unknown/missing]
Resigned.
Vacant December 31, 1945 –
January 22, 1946
James Lindsay Almond - circa 1945 to 1949 - US House of Representatives.jpg

J. Lindsay Almond Jr.
Democratic January 22, 1946 –
April 17, 1948
79th
80th
Elected January 22, 1946 to finish Woodrum's term.
Elected Attorney General of Virginia.
Vacant April 17, 1948 –
November 2, 1948
Clarence G. Burton Democratic November 2, 1948 –
January 3, 1953
80th
81st
82nd
[data unknown/missing]
Lost re-election.
Richard Harding Poff.jpg

Richard H. Poff
Republican January 3, 1953 –
August 29, 1972
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
[data unknown/missing]
Resigned when appointed Virginia Supreme Court justice.
Vacant August 29, 1972 –
November 7, 1972
M. Caldwell Butler.jpg

M. Caldwell Butler
Republican November 7, 1972 –
January 3, 1983
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
[data unknown/missing]
Retired.
Jim Olin.jpg

Jim Olin
Democratic January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1993
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
[data unknown/missing]
Retired.
Rep Bob Goodlatte.jpg

Bob Goodlatte
Republican January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 2019
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
[data unknown/missing]
Retired.
Ben Cline, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg

Ben Cline
Republican January 3, 2019 –
Present
116th Elected in 2018.

Historical district boundaries

2003–2013
2003–2013

See also

References

  1. ^ Geography, US Census Bureau. "Congressional Districts Relationship Files (state-based)". www.census.gov. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  2. ^ Bureau, Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  4. ^ Forman, Carmen (November 9, 2017). "After nearly a quarter century in D.C., Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Roanoke County will not seek re-election". The Roanoke Times. Roanoke, VA. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  5. ^ Menendez, Albert J.; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, 1868-2004; pp. 326-330 ISBN 0786422173
  6. ^ "Governor>Votes by District". November 2013 General Election Official Results. Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  7. ^ "Lieutenant Governor>Votes by District". November 2013 General Election Official Results. Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  8. ^ "Attorney General>Votes by District". November 2013 General Election Official Results. Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  9. ^ "Turnout by Congressional District". The Virginia Public Access Project. Retrieved 2020-07-04.
  10. ^ "2018 U.S. Senate Results by Congressional District". The Virginia Public Access Project. Retrieved 2018-06-16.

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