|Colorado's 2nd congressional district|
Colorado's 2nd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Colorado. The district is located in the north-central part of the state and encompasses the northwestern suburbs of Denver including Boulder, Broomfield and much of western Jefferson County. The district also includes the mountain towns of Vail, Grand Lake and Idaho Springs. Redistricting in 2011 has moved Larimer County, including the cities of Fort Collins and Loveland, to the 2nd from the 4th district for the 2012 election.
Following the 1890 U.S. Census and associated reaportionment of seats in the United States House of Representatives, Colorado gained a second congressional district. The first representative elected to this district was John Calhoun Bell of The Populist party.
Following the 1990 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 2nd congressional district consisted of Boulder, Clear Creek, and Gilpin counties, as well as portions of Adams, and Jefferson counties.
Following the 2000 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 2nd congressional district consisted of Broomfield, Clear Creek, Eagle, Gilpin, Grand, and Summit counties, as well as portions of Adams, Boulder, Jefferson, and Weld counties.
Following the 2010 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 2nd congressional district consisted of Broomfield, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand, Larimer and Summit counties; most of Boulder and Jefferson counties; and portions of Eagle and Park counties. Following the census, the 2nd district stretched further north to the Wyoming border while losing the western portion of Eagle County.
|Election results from presidential races|
This district is anchored in Boulder and Larimer counties which have the bulk of population in the district: both counties are mainly anchored by the large college towns of Boulder and Fort Collins, providing Democratic strength in the district.
The other parts of the district are diverse, ranging from far western Denver suburbs to agricultural areas and mountain towns. Eagle and Summit counties, home to the ski resort towns of Vail and Breckenridge and other tourism dependent towns such as Avon, Frisco and Silverthorne, are Democratic strongholds: however Gilpin and Clear Creek counties, while also being tourism dependent and Democratic leaning, do not vote as strongly for the Democrats. Grand County leans Republican, though the ski resort areas of the county in Winter Park are heavily Democratic.
The suburban areas of Denver represented in the 2nd district are more competitive; while Broomfield itself leans Democratic, the Jefferson County foothills are historically a Republican stronghold, though urban sprawl is eroding Republican dominance in the area. Similarly, Larimer County outside of Fort Collins is heavily Republican, however the county leans Democratic due to the influence and population of Fort Collins.
List of members representing the district
Previous election results
|Democratic||Mark Udall (incumbent)||123,504||60%|
|Natural Law||Patrick West||1,617||1%|
|Constitution||Erik J. Brauer||1,258||1%|
|Democratic||Mark Udall (incumbent)||207,900||67%|
|Republican||Stephen M. Hackman||94,160||30%|
|Democratic||Mark Udall (incumbent)||157,850||68%|
|Unity||William Robert Hammons||2,176||1%|
|Democratic||Jared Polis (incumbent)||148,768||57%|
|Democratic||Jared Polis (incumbent)||234,758||56%|
|Green||Susan P. Hall||10,413||2%|
|Democratic||Jared Polis (incumbent)||196,300||57%|
|Democratic||Jared Polis (incumbent)||260,175||56%|
|Democratic||Joe Neguse (incumbent)||316,925||61%|
Historical district boundaries
- Wasserman, David; Flinn, Ally (April 15, 2021). "Introducing the 2021 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index". The Cook Political Report. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
- "Judge rules in favor of Democratic map in Colorado redistricting." Denver Post. 2011-11-14. 
- 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