Georgia's 8th congressional district

Georgia's 8th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Georgia. The district is currently represented by Republican Austin Scott, though the district's boundaries have been redrawn following the 2010 census, which granted an additional congressional seat to Georgia.[5] The first election using the new district boundaries (listed below) were the 2012 congressional elections.

Georgia's 8th congressional district
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Georgia's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Austin Scott
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Distribution
  • 56.7[1]% urban
  • 43.3% rural
Population (2016)710,108[2]
Median income$45,279[3]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+15[4]

The district is located in central and south-central Georgia, and stretches from the geographical center of the state to the Florida border. The district includes the cities of Warner Robins, Tifton, Thomasville, Moultrie, and portions of Macon and Valdosta.[6][7]

Recent results in presidential electionsEdit

Year Office Results
2000 President George W. Bush 58% - Al Gore 42%
2004 President George W. Bush 61% - John Kerry 39%
2008 President John McCain 61.6% - Barack Obama 37.8%
2012 President Mitt Romney 61.6% - Barack Obama 37.5%
2016 President Donald Trump 63.3% - Hillary Clinton 34.4%

CountiesEdit

List of representativesEdit

Representative Party Years Congress Note
District created in 1845
  Robert Toombs Whig March 4, 1845 – March 3, 1853 29th
30th
31st
32nd
  Alexander Stephens Whig March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1855 33rd redistricted from the 7th district
Democrat March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859 34th
35th
  John J. Jones Democratic March 4, 1859 – January 23, 1861 36th withdrew
January 23, 1861 – March 3, 1867 Civil War and Reconstruction, Seat was vacant
District eliminated in 1867
District reestablished in 1873
Vacant March 4, 1873 – December 1, 1873
  Alexander Stephens Democrat December 1, 1873 – November 4, 1882 43rd
44th
45th
46th
47th
installed after rep-elect Ambrose R. Wright died before taking seat, resigned after being elected Governor
Vacant November 4, 1882 – December 4, 1882
  Seaborn Reese Democrat December 4, 1882 – March 3, 1887 47th
48th
49th
  Henry H. Carlton Democrat March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1891 50th
51st
  Thomas G. Lawson Democrat March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1897 52nd
53rd
54th
  William M. Howard Democrat March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1911 55th
56th
57th
58th
59th
60th
61st
  Samuel J. Tribble Democrat March 4, 1911 – December 8, 1916 62nd
63rd
64th
died
Vacant December 8, 1916 – January 11, 1917
  Tinsley W. Rucker Jr. Democrat January 11, 1917 – March 3, 1917 64th
  Charles H. Brand Democrat March 4, 1917 – March 3, 1933 65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
  Braswell Deen Democrat March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1939 73rd
74th
75th
  W. Benjamin Gibbs Democrat January 3, 1939 – August 7, 1940 76th died
Vacant August 7, 1940 – October 1, 1940
  Florence R. Gibbs Democrat October 1, 1940 – January 3, 1941 76th
  John S. Gibson Democrat January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1947 77th
78th
79th
  William M. Wheeler Democrat January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1955 80th
81st
82nd
83rd
  Iris F. Blitch Democrat January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1963 84th
85th
86th
87th
  J. Russell Tuten Democrat January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1967 88th
89th
  W. S. Stuckey, Jr. Democrat January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1977 90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
  Billy Lee Evans Democrat January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1983 95th
96th
97th
  J. Roy Rowland Democrat January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1995 98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
  Saxby Chambliss Republican January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2003 104th
105th
106th
107th
Retired after being elected to the U.S. Senate.
  Mac Collins Republican January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2005 108th redistricted from the 3rd district
  Lynn Westmoreland Republican January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007 109th redistricted to the 3rd district
  Jim Marshall Democrat January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011 110th
111th
  Austin Scott Republican January 3, 2011 – present 112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
Incumbent

Election resultsEdit

2006Edit

Georgia's 8th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Marshall* 80,660 50.55
Republican Mac Collins 78,908 49.45
Total votes 159,568 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic gain from Republican
  • A Republican mid-decade redistricting made this Macon-based district more compact and somewhat more Republican. Incumbent Marshall faced a very tough challenge by former U.S. Representative Mac Collins, who represented an adjoining district from 1993 to 2005. Less than 60 percent of the population in Marshall’s present 3rd District was retained in the new 8th District. The reconfigured 8th includes Butts County, which was the political base of Collins, who once served as chair of the county commission. On the other hand, the 8th also includes all of the city of Macon where Marshall served as mayor from 1995 until 1999. The race featured heavy spending, not only by the candidates themselves but also from independent groups. During the campaign, President George W. Bush attended a rally on Collins' behalf.

2008Edit

Georgia's 8th Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Marshall* 157,241 57.24
Republican Rick Goddard 117,446 42.76
Total votes 274,687 100.00
Democratic hold

2010Edit

Georgia's 8th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Austin Scott 102,770 52.70
Democratic Jim Marshall* 92,250 47.30
Total votes 195,020 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic

2012Edit

Georgia's 8th Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Austin Scott* 197,789 100.00
Total votes 197,789 100.00
Republican hold

2014Edit

Georgia's 8th Congressional District Election (2014)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Austin Scott* 129,938 100.00
Total votes 129,938 100.00
Republican hold

2016Edit

Georgia's 8th Congressional District Election (2016)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Austin Scott* 173,983 67.64
Democratic James Harris 83,225 32.36
Total votes 257,208 100.00
Republican hold

2018Edit

Georgia's 8th Congressional District Election (2018)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Austin Scott* 197,401 100.00
Total votes 197,401 100.00
Republican hold

Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia's 8th congressional districtEdit

As of November 2018, there are six former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia's 8th congressional district who are currently living at this time. The most recent representative to die was Mac Collins (served 2003–2005) on November 20, 2018.

Representative Term in office Date of birth (and age)
W. S. Stuckey, Jr. 1967–1977 (1935-05-25) May 25, 1935 (age 84)
Billy Lee Evans 1977–1983 (1941-11-10) November 10, 1941 (age 78)
J. Roy Rowland 1983–1995 (1926-02-03) February 3, 1926 (age 93)
Saxby Chambliss 1995–2003 (1943-11-10) November 10, 1943 (age 76)
Lynn Westmoreland 2005–2007 (1950-04-02) April 2, 1950 (age 69)
Jim Marshall 2007–2011 (1948-03-31) March 31, 1948 (age 71)

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
The district from 2007 to 2013
 
The district from 2003 to 2007

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=13&cd=08
  4. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  5. ^ Justice Department approves Georgia's political maps. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Last accessed 2011-12-27
  6. ^ 2012 Congressional maps, Georgia Legislature. Last accessed 2012-1-1
  7. ^ 2012 Congressional maps - closeup of Macon and Columbus, Georgia Legislature. Last accessed 2012-1-1

External linksEdit