A reflection on the first congressional district battle for the house of representatives seat in 201

It became a favorite subject for reporters covering the opening of Congress, and was depicted at least twice in illustrated journals. Four losses were in California: Debate was humorous but vigorous. Other states have lost districts.

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Two days after the end of the first session of the 27th Congress, John Sergeant of Pennsylvania resigned his seat. Inafter numerous attempts over the years, behind-doors discussion evidently determined what to do, and the first lottery was held on December 1.

More and more Members were added to the ranks of those allowed to choose their seats in advance. This time, however, rather than sitting down at a desk in the Chamber, he chose an office number, which was marked off on the massive floor plans set up in the well of the House.

When the second session began three months later, two Members, freshmen Robert Caruthers of Tennessee and John Dawson of Louisiana, each claimed it. Howell Cobb of Georgia offered the resolution, reasoning that there were frequent conflicting claims to the same seat.

The number of districts for Texas increased from 30 to 32 inand then to 36 in based on the census. It was entirely practical. The drawing took about three hours.

Districts may sometimes retain the same boundaries while changing their district numbers. Members gathered in the well while waiting to choose their seats. Redistricting must take place if the number of members changes following a reapportionment, or may take place at any other time if, for example, demographics represented in a district has changed substantially.

Jason Altmire first elected lost a redistricting race to fellow incumbent Mark Critz first elected[47] who later lost the general election Republicans[ edit ] Six Republicans lost renomination: A blindfolded Page drew the numbers, with only former Speaker Joe Cannon of Illinois given the privilege of choosing a seat beforehand.

The Clerk of the House himself conducted the first lottery in Representatives had long chosen seats close to other members of their state delegation, and that slowly turned into a seating by interest and, with the growth of the Whig and Democratic Parties, partisan alliances.

All the seats were held by Republicans. House of Representatives About this object This desk was first used the same year that the House formally limited the lottery to once per Congress. At the start of the 62nd Congress, inthe last desk lottery took place. He introduced the first resolution to conduct a lottery to determine desk assignments.

Another 10 years into the lottery, newspapers made the first mention of the designated Page being blindfolded, in Over the next half-century, the desk lottery became more and more ritualized.

Second, as reconstructed states re-entered the Union, their Members often arrived after the lottery. By that time, another tradition, that of sitting in party blocs, had begun.

Incumbents defeated[ edit ] As a result of redistricting, many incumbents were forced to compete against each other in the same district, which resulted in a larger number of incumbents being defeated in primaries.

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Reports included the difficulty of getting Members to surrender their desks. House of Representatives About this object Seating charts gave Members and visitors a handy key to figure out who was in which desk. It took on the trappings of a celebration at the start of a Congress.

Each attempt to introduce a lottery was accompanied by fresh ire at the perceived perfidy of those who had unjustly obtained the best seats. In the s, names on paper were replaced with numbered ivory balls, each corresponding to a particular Member and drawn from a mahogany box.

By the s, it was the dean of each party, former Speakers, infirm Members, and chairmen of particularly important committees, each of whom placed his hat on his desk to remove it from consideration in the lottery.

One Representative left his hat and coat on his old desk and told a Page not to let it be touched. All was not serenity in the Chamber that day, however.

In the lottery drawing, the Clerk stood in for districts whose Members had not yet arrived.The United States House of Representatives elections were held November 2,as part of the midterm elections (along with Senate elections), at the midpoint of President Barack Obama's first term in office.

Voters of. Elections were held on November 2,to determine Missouri's nine members of the United States House of Representatives. Representatives were elected for two-year terms to serve in the th Congress from January 3, until January 3, Primary elections were held on August 3, For more than a century, seat assignment in the U.S.

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Until the early s, when benches replaced them, a desk was a Member’s office. US Elections ~ Georgia Directory of Georgia elections. Georgia candidates for Governor, state reps and Congress (Senators / House of Representatives).

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A reflection on the first congressional district battle for the house of representatives seat in 201
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