Massachusetts's 8th congressional district


Massachusetts's 8th congressional district
Massachusetts's 8th congressional district
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Current Representative Mike Capuano (DSomerville)
Area 40.72 mi²
Distribution 97.34% urban, 2.66% rural
Population (2000) 634,835
Median income $42,246
Ethnicity 48.9% White, 23.2% Black, 8.2% Asian, 15.9% Hispanic, 0.4% Native American, 3.4% other
Occupation 12.4% blue collar, 70.6% white collar, 17.0% gray collar
Cook PVI D+32

Massachusetts's 8th congressional district is in eastern Massachusetts, including part of Boston and the immediately adjacent cities of Cambridge, Somerville, and Chelsea. With an area of just 40.72 square miles (105.5 km2), it is the smallest by area of Massachusetts's ten congressional districts. It is currently represented by Mike Capuano, who has served the district since January 1999. For one congressional term (1791-1793) it served as the home district of the District of Maine.

Contents

Current cities and towns in the district

The District currently contains the following cities and towns:

In Middlesex County:

Cambridge, Somerville.

In Suffolk County:

Boston, Wards 1, 2, Ward 3, Precincts 1-4, 7, 8, Ward 4, Ward 5, Precincts 1, 2, 6-10, Ward 7, Precinct 10, Wards 8-12, Ward 13, Precincts 1, 2, 4-6, Ward 14, Ward 15, Precincts 1-5, 7-9, Ward 16, Precincts 1, 3, Ward 17, Precincts 1-3, 5-12; Ward 18, Precincts 1-8, 13-15, 21, Ward 19, Precincts 1, 3-6, 8, 9, Wards 21 and 22, (the remainder of Boston is in the 9th district), Chelsea.

List of representatives


Representative Party Years District home Note
Jonathan Grout Anti-Administration March 4, 1789 –
March 4, 1791
George Thatcher Pro-Administration March 4, 1791 –
March 4, 1793
Biddeford, Maine Redistricted from the 6th district

Redistricted to the 4th district
District eliminated 1793
District restored 1795
Fisher Ames Federalist March 4, 1795 –
March 4, 1797
Dedham Redistricted from the 1st district
Harrison Gray Otis Federalist March 4, 1797 –
March 4, 1801
Boston
William Eustis Democratic-Republican March 4, 1801 –
March 4, 1803
Redistricted to the 1st district
Lemuel Williams Federalist March 4, 1803 –
March 4, 1805
New Bedford Redistricted from the 5th district
Isaiah L. Green Democratic-Republican March 4, 1805 –
March 4, 1809
Gideon Gardner Democratic-Republican March 4, 1809 –
March 4, 1811
Isaiah L. Green Democratic-Republican March 4, 1811 –
March 4, 1813
John Reed, Jr. Federalist March 4, 1813 –
March 4, 1815
West Bridgewater Redistricted to the 9th district
William Baylies Federalist March 4, 1815 –
March 4, 1817
Redistricted from the 7th district
Zabdiel Sampson Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 –
July 26, 1820
Resigned on appointment as collector of customs in Plymouth
Vacant July 26, 1820 –
November 24, 1820
Aaron Hobart Democratic-Republican November 24, 1820 –
March 4, 1823
Redistricted to the 11th district
Samuel Lathrop Adams-Clay Federalist March 4, 1823 –
March 4, 1825
Redistricted from the 5th district
Adams March 4, 1825 –
March 4, 1827
Isaac C. Bates Adams March 4, 1827 –
March 4, 1829
Northampton
Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1829 –
March 4, 1835
William B. Calhoun Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1835 –
March 4, 1837
Whig March 4, 1837 –
March 4, 1843
John Quincy Adams Whig March 4, 1843 –
February 23, 1848
Redistricted from the 12th district

Died
Vacant February 24, 1848 –
April 2, 1848
Horace Mann Whig April 3, 1848 –
March 4, 1853
Tappan Wentworth Whig March 4, 1853 –
March 4, 1855
Chauncey L. Knapp Know-nothing March 4, 1855 –
March 4, 1857
Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 4, 1859
Charles R. Train Republican March 4, 1859 –
March 4, 1863
John D. Baldwin Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 4, 1869
George F. Hoar Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 4, 1873
Redistricted to the 9th district
John M. S. Williams Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 4, 1875
William W. Warren Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 4, 1877
William Claflin Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 4, 1881
John W. Candler Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 4, 1883
William A. Russell Republican March 4, 1883 –
March 4, 1885
Redistricted from the 7th district
Charles H. Allen Republican March 4, 1885 –
March 4, 1889
Lowell Retired
Frederic T. Greenhalge Republican March 4, 1889 –
March 4, 1891
Moses T. Stevens Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 4, 1893
Redistricted to the 5th district
Samuel W. McCall Republican March 4, 1893 –
March 4, 1913
Winchester
Frederick Simpson Deitrick Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 4, 1915
Cambridge
Frederick W. Dallinger Republican March 4, 1915 –
March 4, 1925
Cambridge
Harry I. Thayer Republican March 4, 1925 –
March 10, 1926
Wakefield Died
Vacant March 10, 1926 –
November 2, 1926
Frederick W. Dallinger Republican November 2, 1926 –
October 1, 1932
Cambridge Resigned after appointment as judge of United States Customs Court
Vacant October 1, 1932 –
March 4, 1933
Arthur D. Healey Democratic March 4, 1933 –
August 3, 1942
Somerville Resigned after appointment as judge of US District Court for Massachusetts
Vacant August 3, 1942 –
January 3, 1943
Angier L. Goodwin Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1955
Melrose Lost reelection
Torbert H. Macdonald Democratic January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1963
Malden Redistricted to 7th district
Tip O'Neill Democratic January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1987
Cambridge Redistricted from the 11th district, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977-1987

Retired
Joseph P. Kennedy II Democratic January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 1999
Brighton Retired
Michael Capuano Democratic January 3, 1999 –
Present
Somerville Incumbent

Recent election results

2006 general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mike Capuano 125,167 91
Socialist Workers Laura Garza 12,390 9
Majority 112,777 82
Turnout 137,557
Democratic hold Swing

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