Oregon’s 2nd congressional district
Oregon’s 2nd congressional district is the largest of Oregon’s five districts, and is the seventh largest district in the nation. It is the second-largest congressional district in the nation that doesn’t cover an entire state. The district covers roughly two-thirds of the state, east of the Willamette Valley. It includes all of Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, Wheeler counties, and part of eastern Josephine county, including some of the Grants Pass area.
Recent presidential elections
|Election results from presidential races|
|2000||President||Bush 60 – 35%|
|2004||President||Bush 61- 38%|
|2008||President||McCain 54 – 43%|
|2012||President||Romney 57 – 41%|
|2016||President||Trump 57 – 36%|
List of members representing the district
|District home||Electoral history|
|District created||March 4, 1893|
William R. Ellis
|Republican||March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1899
Malcolm A. Moody
|Republican||March 4, 1899 –
March 3, 1903
John N. Williamson
|Republican||March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1907
William R. Ellis
|Republican||March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1911
|Republican||March 4, 1911 –
March 3, 1913
Redistricted to the 3rd district.
Nicholas J. Sinnott
|Republican||March 4, 1913 –
May 31, 1928
Resigned to become judge to the U.S. Court of Claims.
|Vacant||May 31, 1928 –
November 6, 1928
Robert R. Butler
|Republican||November 6, 1928 –
January 7, 1933
|Vacant||January 7, 1933 –
March 3, 1933
Walter M. Pierce
|Democratic||March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1943
|Republican||January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1953
|Republican||January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1957
|Democratic||January 3, 1957 –
January 3, 1981
|Republican||January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1983
Redistricted to the 5th district.
Robert F. Smith
|Republican||January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1995
|Republican||January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 1997
Renominated but retired.
Robert F. Smith
|Republican||January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 1999
|Republican||January 3, 1999 –
|Hood River||Elected in 1998.|
Living former Members
As of October 2016, there are two living former members. The most recent and most recently serving representative to die was Wes Cooley (served 1995–1997) on February 4, 2015.
|Representative||Term of office||Date of birth (and age)|
|Denny Smith||1981 – 1983||January 19, 1938|
|Bob F. Smith||1983 – 1995
1997 – 1999
|June 16, 1931|
Sources (official results only):
- Elections History from the Oregon Secretary of State website
- Election Statistics from the website of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives
|Republican||Robert F. Smith||164,062||61.66|
|Democratic||Kevin M. Campbell||74,924||34.81|
|Socialist||Rohn (Grandpa) Webb||2,773||1.29|
|Pacific Green||Tristan Mock||9,668||2.84|
|Democratic||Joyce B. Segers||72,173||25.87|
|Democratic||Joyce B. Segers||96,741||29.12|
|Libertarian||Sharon L. Durbin||10,491||3.65|
|Democratic||James “Jim” Crary||106,640||28.00|
Due to its large geographical area, the 2nd District contains many different communities which operate completely independently from one another socially and economically. Below is a list of the largest statistical areas in the 2nd District tracked by the United States Census Bureau.
|Core Based Statistical Area||2010 Census|
|Grants Pass MSA||82,713|
|Klamath Falls MSA||66,380|
|La Grande MSA||25,748|
|The Dalles MSA||25,213|
|Hood River MSA||22,346|
Historical district boundaries
Prior to the 2000 United States Census, most of Josephine County was part of the district. After the 2010 United States Census, the district boundaries were changed slightly to move some parts of Grants Pass from the 2nd to the 4th district.
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- “2016 General Election Results” (PDF). Oregon Elections Division. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
- “2018 General Election Results” (PDF). Oregon Elections Division. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
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