Wisconsin's 6th congressional district

Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District

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Wisconsin's 6th congressional district

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Wisconsin's 6th congressional district is a congressional district of the United State House of Representatives in eastern Wisconsin. The district includes all or portions of the following counties: Adams, Calumet, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Manitowoc, Marquette, Sheboygan, Waushara, and Winnebago. The district is currently represented by Thomas E. Petri (R-Fond du Lac) who came to office in a special election held in April 1979.

While George W. Bush carried the district in 2004 with 56% of the vote, Barack Obama narrowly won the district in 2008 with 49.91% of the vote while John McCain received 48.72%.

History

Wisconsin's 6th congressional district came into existence in 1863 following the Federal Census of 1860. The first elected Representative from the District was Walter D. McIndoe of Wausau. The district originally comprised the counties of the northern and western parts of the state and shifted eastward as further reapportionment occurred following future censuses.

Census of 1860

The reapportionment of Congressional Districts, which occurred following the federal census of 1860, gave Wisconsin three additional members to the House of Representatives. Members elected from the newly created 4th, 5th and 6th districts were chosen in the midterm elections of 1862 and took their seats in the lower house as part of the 38th United States Congress.

The 6th District(yellow) originally included the counties of Bad Ax (Vernon), La Crosse, Monroe, Juneau,...
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