|Indiana's 7th congressional district|
|Area||265 sq mi (690 km2)|
Indiana's 7th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Indiana. It is entirely located within Marion County and includes most of Indianapolis, except for the north side, which is represented by the 5th District.
The district is currently represented by Democrat André Carson, who won a special election in 2008 to succeed his grandmother Julia Carson following her death in 2007. With a Cook Partisan Voting Index rating of D+11, it is the most Democratic district in Indiana.
Election results from presidential races
|2000||President||Al Gore 56 - George W. Bush 43%|
|2004||President||John Kerry 58 - George W. Bush 42%|
|2008||President||Barack Obama 71 - John McCain 28%|
|2012||President||Barack Obama 62.9 - Mitt Romney 35.3%|
|2016||President||Hillary Clinton 59.0 - Donald Trump 36.2%|
|2020||President||Joe Biden 62.9 - Donald Trump 35.3%|
The current area of the 7th District is largely the same as what had been the 10th District from 1983 to 2003. It includes all of Center Township, now widely regarded as a Democratic stronghold due to its large African American population and gentrified middle class.
Traditionally, the city and the district has been more competitive and much more Republican. In fact, for years Indianapolis was one of the most Republican metropolitan areas in the country, particularly during the years when Richard Lugar and William H. Hudnut III served as Mayor of Indianapolis. However, in recent decades, much of the affluence of the city has begun to migrate to the edges of the city and outer Marion County, which has resulted in the Democratic lean. The wealthier northern portion of Marion County, which until recently tilted heavily Republican, is not included in the district.
The southern and eastern parts of the district include the more modest neighborhoods of the city, which is home to Amtrak's largest repair yard. Since the late 1990s, there has been an influx of Mexican and Hispanic workers to the district, which has further increased its Democratic leanings. Also, as the industrial and financial center of Indiana, the district has been strongly influenced by the politics of the unions in the past; however, their influence over the district has become increasingly marginal in recent years.
In recent presidential contests, the district itself has given comfortable margins to Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama. Most recently in 2008, Barack Obama won 71% of the vote in the 7th Congressional District.
From 1967 to 2003, the district served a completely different area of Indiana, covering Fountain, Parke, Tippecanoe, Montgomery, Clinton, Boone, Hendricks, Vigo, Clay, Putnam, and Owen counties and parts of Morgan and Hamilton counties. It had a dramatically different political history from the current 7th; it was a mostly rural area anchored by Terre Haute and Lafayette, and was heavily Republican.
After the loss of a congressional seat in 2000 by virtue of that year's census, an ambitious redistricting plan was implemented in 2002. As mentioned above, most of the old 10th became the new 7th, while the territory of the old 7th was split into the 4th and 8th districts.
List of members representing the district
Recent election results
|Democratic gain from Republican|
|Democratic||Julia Carson (Incumbent)||121,303||54.35%|
|Democratic||Julia Carson (Incumbent)||74,750||53.76%|
|Democratic||André Carson (Incumbent)||172,650||65.08%|
|Democratic||André Carson (Incumbent)||86,011||58.90%|
|Republican||Marvin B. Scott||55,213||37.81%|
|Democratic||André Carson (Incumbent)||162,122||62.85%|
|Democratic||Andre Carson (Incumbent)||61,443||54.73%|
|Democratic||André Carson (Incumbent)||158,739||59.98%|
|Democratic||André Carson (Incumbent)||141,139||64.9%|
|Democratic||André Carson (Incumbent)||176,422||62.4%|
|Republican||Susan Marie Smith||106,146||37.6%|
Historical district boundaries
- Indiana's congressional districts
- List of United States congressional districts
- Indiana's 7th congressional district election, 2006
- Indiana's 7th congressional district special election, 2008
- Starting in 1852, Indiana held its elections in even-numbered years.
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- Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present