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Michigan's 8th congressional district

Michigan's 8th congressional district
Michigan's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Michigan's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Mike Rogers (RBrighton)
Population (2010) 705,975
Ethnicity 83.7% White, 5.5% Black, 3.8% Asian, 4.5% Hispanic, 0.4% Native American
Cook PVI R+2

Michigan's 8th congressional district is a United States congressional district in Southern Michigan and Southeast Michigan. From 2003 to 2013 it consisted of all of Clinton, Ingham, and Livingston counties, and includes the southern portion of Shiawassee and the northern portion of Oakland counties. The district shifted slightly in the 2012 redistricting to include Rochester Hills.

The district was first created in 1873, after redistricting following the 1870 census.

The current congressman is Republican Mike Rogers, who has represented the district since 2001.

Major cities


Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2012 President Romney 51 - 48%
2008 President Obama 53 - 46%
2004 President Bush 54 - 45%
2000 President Bush 51 - 47%
1996 President Clinton 49 - 40%
1992 President Clinton 40 - 36%


Prior to 1992, the 8th congressional district included the cities of Saginaw and Bay City as well as Huron, Tuscola and Sanilac Counties in the Thumb of Michigan, Arenac county north from Bay County, a total of about half the area of Sagnaw County, and small northern portions of Lapeer and St. Clair counties. This area would largely be transferred to Michigan's 5th congressional district while the new 8th congressional district was the old 6th congressional district, with significant changes such as the loss of Pontiac, addition of most of the excluded portion of Lansing, the area around Brighton and portions of Washtenaw and Genessee counties.

In the redistricting for the 2002 election, the district gained all of Clinton County about half its current area of Shiawasee County and most of its area in Oakland County while losing all the parts of Washtenaw County and Genessee County that had been in the district.

In the redistricting for the 2012 election, the district dropped all of its area in Clinton and Shiawasee counties, and expanded its existing area in Oakland County.

List of representatives

Representative Party Years Congress Notes
District created March 4, 1873
Nathan B. Bradley Republican March 4, 1873 - March 3, 1877 43rd-44th
Charles C. Ellsworth Republican March 4, 1877 - March 3, 1879 45th
Roswell G. Horr Republican March 4, 1879 - March 3, 1885 46th-48th
Timothy E. Tarsney [1] Democratic March 4, 1885 - March 3, 1889 49th-50th
Aaron T. Bliss Republican March 4, 1889 - March 3, 1891 51st
Henry M. Youmans Democratic March 4, 1891 - March 3, 1893 52nd
William S. Linton Republican March 4, 1893 - March 3, 1897 53rd-54th
Ferdinand Brucker [2] Democratic March 4, 1897 - March 3, 1899 55th
Joseph W. Fordney Republican March 4, 1899 - March 3, 1923 56th-67th
Bird J. Vincent [3] Republican March 4, 1923-July 18, 1931 68th-72nd Died
Vacant July 18, 1931 –
November 3, 1931
Michael J. Hart [3] Democratic November 3, 1931 - January 3, 1935 72nd-73rd
Fred L. Crawford Republican January 3, 1935 - January 3, 1953 74th-82nd
Alvin M. Bentley Republican January 3, 1953 - January 3, 1961 83rd-86th
James Harvey [4] Republican January 3, 1961 - January 31, 1974 87th-93rd Resigned after being appointed as a judge of the US District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan
Vacant January 31, 1974 –
April 23, 1974
J. Bob Traxler [4] Democratic April 23, 1974 - January 3, 1993 93rd-102nd
Bob Carr Democratic January 3, 1993 - January 3, 1995 103rd Redistricted from the 6th district
Dick Chrysler Republican January 3, 1995 - January 3, 1997 104th
Debbie Stabenow Democratic January 3, 1997 - January 3, 2001 105th-106th
Mike Rogers Republican January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2015 107th-113th Incumbent
Mike Bishop Republican January 3, 2015 – 114th

Historical district boundaries

1993 - 2003
2003 - 2013

See also


  1. ^ Timothy E. Tarsney was elected as a fusion candidate, but was seated in Congress with the Democratic Party.
  2. ^ In 1896, Albert M. Todd and Ferdinand Brucker were elected on the Democratic Peoples Union Silver ticket, a union of elements from the Democratic Party and Populist Party. They were seated as part of the Democratic Party in Congress.
  3. ^ a b Bird J. Vincent died July 18, 1931. Michael J. Hart was elected to fill the vacancy November 3, 1931.
  4. ^ a b James Harvey resigned January 31, 1974. Bob Traxler was elected April 16, 1974, to fill vacancy.


  • for the 8th District - Lists current Senators and representative, and map showing district outline
  • The Political graveyard: U.S. Representatives from Michigan, 1807-2003
  • U.S. Representatives 1837-2003, Michigan Manual 2003-2004
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present

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