Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district

Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district is a U.S. congressional district covering much of the Driftless Area in southwestern and western Wisconsin. The district includes the cities of La Crosse and Eau Claire, as well as most of the Wisconsin side of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. It borders the states of Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. Democrat Ron Kind has represented the district since 1997.

Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district
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Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Ron Kind
DLa Crosse
Area13,565.50 sq mi (35,134.5 km2)
Distribution
  • 43.15% urban
  • 56.85% rural
Population (2000)670,462
Median income$54,704[1]
Ethnicity
Occupation
Cook PVIEVEN[2]

The political nature of the district is moderate with a slight lean to the left, given its combination of an overall rural and suburban character counterbalanced by two significant urban centers (Eau Claire and La Crosse) and the Twin Cities suburbs. It historically elected moderate Republicans; before Kind's 1996 victory only two Democrats represented it in the 20th century.

John Kerry narrowly carried the district in 2004 with 51% of the vote. The district voted more Democratic in 2008, giving Barack Obama 58% of the vote and 41% to John McCain.

List of members representing the districtEdit

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1849
 
James Duane Doty
Democratic March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1851
31st
32nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Independent Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1853
John B. Macy Democratic March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
33rd [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Charles Billinghurst
Opposition March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
34th
35th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
 
Charles H. Larrabee
Democratic March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1861
36th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
A. Scott Sloan
Republican March 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1863
37th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Amasa Cobb
Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1871
38th
39th
40th
41st
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
J. Allen Barber
Republican March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1875
42nd
43rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Henry S. Magoon
Republican March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
44th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
George Cochrane Hazelton
Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1883
45th
46th
47th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Burr W. Jones
Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
48th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Robert M. La Follette Sr.
Republican March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1891
49th
50th
51st
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Allen R. Bushnell
Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
52nd [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Joseph W. Babcock
Republican March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1907
53rd
54th
55th
56th
57th
58th
59th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
James William Murphy
Democratic March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1909
60th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Arthur W. Kopp
Republican March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1913
61st
62nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
John M. Nelson
Republican March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1919
63rd
64th
65th
Redistricted from the 2nd district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
James G. Monahan
Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1921
66th [Data unknown/missing.]
 
John M. Nelson
Republican March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1933
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Gardner R. Withrow
Republican March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
73rd
74th
75th
Redistricted from the 7th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Progressive January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1939
 
Harry W. Griswold
Republican January 3, 1939 –
July 4, 1939
76th [Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant July 4, 1939 –
January 3, 1941
William H. Stevenson Republican January 3, 1941 –
January 3, 1949
77th
78th
79th
80th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Gardner R. Withrow
Republican January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1961
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Vernon Wallace Thomson
Republican January 3, 1961 –
December 31, 1974
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned.
Vacant December 31, 1974 –
January 3, 1975
 
Alvin Baldus
Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1981
94th
95th
96th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Steve Gunderson
Republican January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1997
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Ron Kind
Democratic January 3, 1997 –
Present
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Incumbent

Election results from presidential racesEdit

Year Office Results
2000 President Al Gore 49 - George W. Bush 46%
2004 President John Kerry 51 - George W. Bush 48%
2008 President Barack Obama 58 - John McCain 41%
2012 President Barack Obama 55 - Mitt Romney 44%
2016 President Donald Trump 49 - Hillary Clinton 45%

Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 3rd congressional districtEdit

As of February 2017, one former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district is alive. The most recent representative to die was Alvin Baldus (served 1975–1981) on February 2, 2017.

U.S. Representative U.S. House of Representatives Term Date of birth (and age)
Steve Gunderson 1981–1997 (1951-05-10) May 10, 1951 (age 68)

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
2003 - 2013

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=55&cd=03
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.

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