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Illinois's 16th congressional district

Illinois's 16th congressional district
Illinois's 16th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Illinois's 16th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Adam Kinzinger (R)
Area 7,918 mi²
Distribution 71.0% urban, 29.1% rural
Population (2011 est.) 713,840
Median income $52,101
Ethnicity 91.2% White, 4.2% Black, 1.2% Asian, 8.7% Hispanic, 0.1% Native American, 1.8% other
Cook PVI R+4[1][2]

The 16th Congressional District of Illinois is represented by Republican Adam Kinzinger.


  • 2011 redistricting 1
  • History 2
  • Elections 3
    • 2012 election 3.1
  • Voting 4
  • List of representatives 5
  • Historical district boundaries 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

2011 redistricting

The congressional district covers parts of DeKalb, Ford, Stark, Will and Winnebago counties, and all of Boone, Bureau, Grundy, Iroquois, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Ogle and Putnam counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Belvidere, Channahon, DeKalb, Dixon, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Ottawa, Morris, Pontiac, Rockford and Streator are included.[3] The representatives for these districts were elected in the 2012 primary and general elections, and the boundaries became effective on January 5, 2013.


Prominent past representatives from the 16th district have included Everett Dirksen, who went on to become the Republican leader in the United States Senate; John B. Anderson, who became the 3rd highest ranking Republican in the House and went on to run as a major independent candidate in the 1980 Presidential election; and Lynn Martin, who later served as US Secretary of Labor.

For decades, the 16th district was the most geographically stable district in Illinois. While its exact shape fluctuated slightly with each reapportionment, for 50 years, in comparison to the other districts in the state, it was almost stationary—always forming the northwest corner of the state, and extending far enough east to include its largest city, Rockford.[4] This geographic stability also contributed to electoral stability; the district elected a Republican in 49 out of 55 elections from 1900-2010. However, with the new map drawn for 2012, the familiar shape of the 16th has been rendered unrecognizable. Rockford itself has been split between the 16th and 17th districts, and the 16th no longer includes northwest Illinois, but covers the extreme exurban region of the Chicago metropolitan area and stretches from the Wisconsin border to the Indiana border.


2012 election


Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2012 President Romney 53 - 45%[2]
2008 President Obama 50 - 48%[2]
2004 President Bush 55 - 44%
2000 President Bush 54 - 43%

List of representatives

Representative Party Years District home Notes
District created March 4, 1873
James S. Martin Republican March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
William A. J. Sparks Democratic March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1883
Aaron Shaw Democratic March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
Silas Z. Landes Democratic March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1889
George W. Fithian Democratic March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1895
Finis E. Downing Democratic March 4, 1895 – June 5, 1896 Lost contested election
John I. Rinaker Republican June 5, 1896 – March 3, 1897 Won contested election
William H. Hinrichsen Democratic March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1899
William E. Williams Democratic March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1901
Thomas J. Selby Democratic March 4, 1901 – March 3, 1903
Joseph V. Graff Republican March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1911 Redistricted from the 14th district
Claude U. Stone Democratic March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1917
Clifford C. Ireland Republican March 4, 1917 – March 3, 1923
William E. Hull Republican March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1933
Everett Dirksen Republican March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1949
Leo E. Allen Republican January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1961 Redistricted from the 13th district
John B. Anderson Republican January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1981
Lynn Morley Martin Republican January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1991
John W. Cox, Jr. Democratic January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1993
Donald A. Manzullo Republican January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2013 Lost contested primary
Adam Kinzinger Republican January 3, 2013 – Redistricted from the 11th district

Historical district boundaries

2003 - 2013

See also


  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008". The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  2. ^ a b c   Copyright National Journal.
  3. ^ Illinois Congressional District 16, Illinois Board of Elections
  4. ^ Sweeny, Chuck. "Manzullo gears up for primary with new map". Illinois Conservatives (Source:  
  • 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

External links

  • page on the 16th District of IllinoisWashington Post
  • U.S. Census Bureau - 16th District Fact Sheet

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