|Wisconsin's 8th congressional district|
|Area||9,740.44 sq mi (25,227.6 km2)|
Wisconsin's 8th congressional district is a congressional district of the United States House of Representatives in northeastern Wisconsin. It is currently represented by Mike Gallagher, a Republican. Gallagher won the open seat vacated by Reid Ribble in 2016. It is also one of two Congressional Districts to ever elect a Catholic priest, Robert John Cornell.
The 8th District has leaned Republican throughout its history; seven Democrats have represented it since its creation, but none have served more than two terms. It became more of a swing seat in the 1990s. In 2004, Republican George W. Bush won 55 percent of the vote in the district, while in 2008, Democrat Barack Obama received 53.6 percent of the vote. The last Democrat to represent the district was Steve Kagen from 2007 to 2011. Since Kagen lost in the 2010 election, the seat has been held by Republicans, who have consistently won it by double digit percent margins in each election to the seat since 2012, and won similarly in statewide elections. The only county in the current district to back the Democratic presidential candidate in the 2000, 2004 and 2016 elections was overwhelmingly Native American Menominee County, which has never voted Republican since its creation in 1960, and only Menominee and Door Counties voted Democratic in 2012.
Since the 1930 Census, the district has been centered upon Green Bay, Appleton and the Door Peninsula. Between the 1970 Census and the 2010 Census, the 8th moved north to encompass most counties bordering Michigan, but after 2010 it lost most of the border counties to the Seventh District, whilst gaining Calumet County.
Presidential Voting Results
|2000||President||Bush 52% – 43%|
|2004||President||Bush 55% – 44%|
|2008||President||Obama 53% – 45%|
|2012||President||Romney 51% – 48%|
|2016||President||Trump 56% – 39%|
|2020||President||Trump 57% – 41%|
List of members representing the district
Recent election results
|Democratic gain from Republican|
|Democratic||Steve Kagen (Incumbent)||193,662||54.00|
|Democratic||Steve Kagen (Incumbent)||118,646||45.12|
|Republican gain from Democratic|
|Republican||Reid Ribble (Incumbent)||198,874||55.95|
|Republican||Reid Ribble (Incumbent)||188,553||65.0|
|Green||Wendy Gribben (write-in)||16||0.0|
|Democratic||Jerry Kobishop (write-in)||2||0.0|
|Republican||Mike Gallagher (Incumbent)||209,410||63.7|
|Republican||Mike Gallagher (incumbent)||268,173||64.2|
Historical district boundaries
- "Introducing the 2021 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index". The Cook Political Report. April 15, 2021. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
- McCardle, Elery (January 30, 2016). "U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble not seeking re-election". WBAY-TV, Green Bay, Wisconsin. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
- "Canvass Results for 2020 General Election" (PDF). Wisconsin Elections Commission. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
- 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