|Massachusetts's 7th congressional district|
Massachusetts's 7th congressional district is a congressional district located in eastern Massachusetts, including roughly three-fourths of the city of Boston and a few of its northern and southern suburbs. Massachusetts congressional redistricting after the 2010 census changed the borders of the district starting with the elections of 2012, with most of the old 7th district redistricted to the new 5th district. Most of the old 8th district now comprises the new 7th district. The seat is currently held by Ayanna Pressley.
According to The Boston Globe and the latest census data, approximately 33 percent of the population of the district were born outside of the United States, with approximately 34 percent of the population white, 26 percent African American, and 21 percent Latino.
In 2019, Ayanna Presley became the first female and person of color to represent the district as well as the state of Massachusetts in Congress.
Election results from presidential races
|2000||President||Gore 64 - 29%|
|2004||President||Kerry 66 - 33%|
|2008||President||Obama 65 - 33%|
|2012||President||Obama 82.5 - 15.6%|
|2016||President||Clinton 84.1 - 11.9%|
|2020||President||Biden 85 - 13%|
Cities and towns in the district
- Wards 1, 2
- Ward 3: Precincts 7, 8
- Ward 4
- Ward 5: Precincts 1, 2, 2A, 6-10
- Ward 7: Precinct 10
- Wards 8-10
- Ward 11: Precincts 1-8
- Ward 12
- Ward 13: Precincts 1, 2, 4-6, 8 and 9
- Ward 14
- Ward 15
- Ward 16: Precincts 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 11
- Ward 17
- Ward 18
- Ward 19: Precincts 7, 10-13
- Ward 20: Precinct 3
- Wards 21 and 22
(the remainder of Boston is in the 8th district)
- Wards 1, 2, 3, 5, 11
- Ward 4: Precinct 1
- Ward 10: Precinct 3
(the remainder of Cambridge is in the 5th district)
(the remainder of Milton is in the 8th district)
Cities and towns in the district prior to 2013
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1849: "The whole of Berkshire County; Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Coleraine, Conway, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Rowe, and Shelburne, in Franklin County; Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Middlefield, Norwich, Plainfield, Southampton, Westhampton, Williamsburg, and Worthington, in Hampshire County; and Blandford, Chester, Granville, Montgomery, Russell, and Tolland, in the County of Hampden."
An act of the legislature passed April 22, 1852 divided the 7th district of Massachusetts as such: "The towns of Andover, Boxford, Bradford, Danvers, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lynnfield, Methuen, Middleton, Saugus, and Topsfield in the county of Essex; and the city of Charlestown, and the towns of Burlington, Lexington, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Reading, Somerville, South Reading, Stoneham, Waltham, and Woburn, in the county of Middlesex."
1893: "Essex County: Towns of Lynn, Nahant, and Saugus. Middlesex County: Towns of Everett, Malden, Melrose, Stoneham, and Wakefield. Suffolk County: 4th and 5th wards of the city of Boston, and the towns of Chelsea and Revere."
1941: In Essex County: Lawrence, Lynn (part), Middleton, Nahant, North Andover, Peabody. In Suffolk County: Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop.
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In Middlesex County:
- Wayland: Precinct 2
In Suffolk County:
List of members representing the district
Recent election results
|Democratic||Mike Capuano (incumbent)||210,794||83.4|
|Democratic||Mike Capuano (incumbent)||142,133||98.3|
|Democratic||Mike Capuano (incumbent)||253,354||98.6|
|Democratic||Ayanna Pressley (incumbent)||267,362||86.6|
|Independent||Roy A. Owens, Sr.||38,675||12.5|
- In the 1808 election, there were 430 votes for "Charles Turner," which were counted separately from Charles Turner Jr. (Democratic-Republican). This caused the vote tally to be William Baylies (Federalist) 1,828 (49.4%), Charles Turner Jr. (Democratic-Republican) 1,443 (39.0%), "Charles Turner" 430 (11.6%). As no candidate had a majority, a second election was held on January 19, 1809 which elected Baylies with 54.3% of the vote.Turner successfully contested this election and was subsequently declared the winner based on the first ballot, with the second invalidated. He was seated June 8, 1809
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Massachusetts's 7th congressional district.|
- Map of Massachusetts's 7th Congressional District, via Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
- Rose Institute of State and Local Government, "Massachusetts: 2010 Redistricting Changes: Seventh District", Redistricting by State, Claremont, CA: Claremont McKenna College, archived from the original on September 15, 2020
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