Iowa's 6th congressional district

Iowa's 6th congressional district is a former congressional district in Iowa. It existed from 1862 to 1992, when it was lost due to Iowa's population growth rate being lower than that of the country as a whole.

The district was created during the Civil War, and was first filled in the 1862 general election. Its original congressman, Asahel W. Hubbard, was from Sioux City in northwestern Iowa, but redistricting caused the district to be relocated, first to central Iowa (from 1869 to 1874), then to south-central Iowa (from 1875 to 1932), then the Des Moines area (from 1933 to 1942), and then north-central Iowa (from 1943 to 1962). From 1963 to 1992, the district was made up of counties in the northwestern part of the state. Fred Grandy, the 6th district's last congressman, was, like its first, a Sioux City native.

List of members representing the district[edit]

Member Party Term Cong
ress
District Residence (County) Electoral history
District created March 4, 1863
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Asahel W. Hubbard
Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1869
38th
39th
40th
Woodbury [Data unknown/missing.]
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Charles Pomeroy
Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1871
41st Webster [Data unknown/missing.]
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Jackson Orr
Republican March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1873
42nd Boone [Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 9th district.
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William Loughridge
Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
43rd Mahaska [Data unknown/missing.]
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Ezekiel S. Sampson
Republican March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1879
44th
45th
Keokuk [Data unknown/missing.]
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James Weaver
Greenback March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1881
46th Davis [Data unknown/missing.]
Marsena E. Cutts Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1883
47th Mahaska Elected in 1880.
Lost contested election.
John C. Cook Democratic March 3, 1883 –
March 3, 1883
Jasper Won contested election but only served one day.
Lost re-election.
Marsena E. Cutts Republican March 4, 1883 –
September 1, 1883
48th Mahaska Elected in 1882.
Died.
Vacant September 1, 1883 –
October 9, 1883
John C. Cook Democratic October 9, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
Jasper Elected to finish Cutts's term.
Lost re-election.
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James Weaver
Greenback March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1889
49th
50th
Davis [Data unknown/missing.]
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John F. Lacey
Republican March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
51st Mahaska [Data unknown/missing.]
Frederick E. White Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
52nd Keokuk [Data unknown/missing.]
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John F. Lacey
Republican March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1907
53rd
54th
55th
56th
57th
58th
59th
Mahaska [Data unknown/missing.]
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Daniel W. Hamilton
Democratic March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1909
60th Keokuk [Data unknown/missing.]
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Nathan E. Kendall
Republican March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1913
61st
62nd
Monroe [Data unknown/missing.]
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Sanford Kirkpatrick
Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
63rd Wapello [Data unknown/missing.]
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C. William Ramseyer
Republican March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1933
64th
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
Davis [Data unknown/missing.]
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Cassius C. Dowell
Republican March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
73rd Polk Redistricted from the 7th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Hubert Utterback
Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1937
74th Polk [Data unknown/missing.]
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Cassius C. Dowell
Republican January 3, 1937 –
February 4, 1940
75th
76th
Polk [Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant February 4, 1940 –
March 5, 1940
Robert K. Goodwin Republican March 5, 1940 –
January 3, 1941
76th Dallas Elected to finish Dowell's term.
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Paul Cunningham
Republican January 3, 1941 –
January 3, 1943
77th Polk [Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 5th district.
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Fred C. Gilchrist
Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1945
78th Pocahontas Redistricted from the 8th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
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James I. Dolliver
Republican January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1957
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
Webster [Data unknown/missing.]
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Merwin Coad
Democratic January 3, 1957 –
January 3, 1963
85th
86th
87th
Boone [Data unknown/missing.]
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Charles B. Hoeven
Republican January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1965
88th Sioux Redistricted from the 8th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Stanley L. Greigg
Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1967
89th Woodbury [Data unknown/missing.]
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Wiley Mayne
Republican January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1975
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
Woodbury [Data unknown/missing.]
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Berkley Bedell
Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1987
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
Dickinson [Data unknown/missing.]
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Fred Grandy
Republican January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 1993
100th
101st
102nd
Woodbury [Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 5th district.
District eliminated January 3, 1993

The district was eliminated as a result of the 1990 census. All of the district was put in the fifth district except for Cerro Gordo county which was put in the 2nd district.

General election history (since 1920)[edit]

Year [1]

Party Affiliation Winner Number of Votes Party Affiliation Loser Number of Votes Percentage of Votes
1920 Republican C. William Ramseyer 41,644 Democratic O.P. Meyers 21,538 66% - 34%
1922 Republican C. William Ramseyer 28,702 Democratic James E. Craven 17,489 62% - 38%
1924 Republican C. William Ramseyer 42,843 Democratic James V. Curran 19,028 69% - 31%
1926 Republican C. William Ramseyer 27,967 Democratic W.L. Etter 14,193 66% - 34%
1928 Republican C. William Ramseyer 43,259 Democratic C. Ver Ploeg 23,065 65% - 35%
1930 Republican C. William Ramseyer 25,875 Democratic S.F. McConnell 16,811 61% - 39%
1932 Republican Cassius C. Dowell 56,962 Democratic Charles S. Cooter 43,891 56% - 44%
1934 Democratic Hubert Utterback 50,828 Republican Cassius C. Dowell 46,074 52% - 47%
1936 Republican Cassius C. Dowell 63,026 Democratic Harry B. Dunlap 55,975 52% - 46%
1938 Republican Cassius C. Dowell 53,505 Democratic Hubert Utterback 37,056 58% - 41%
1940 Republican Paul H. Cunningham 70,707 Democratic E. Frank Cox 64,314 52% - 48%
1942 Republican Fred C. Gilchrist 46,843 Democratic Edward Breen 30,802 60% - 40%
1944 Republican James I. Dolliver 60,153 Democratic Charles Hanna 40,098 59% - 39%
1946 Republican James I. Dolliver 40,640 Democratic Oscar E. Johnson 23,422 63% - 37%
1948 Republican James I. Dolliver 55,641 Democratic James E. Irwin 44,002 56% - 44%
1950 Republican James I. Dolliver 56,982 Democratic Maurice O'Reilly 30,877 64% - 35%
1952 Republican James I. Dolliver 86,842 Democratic Francis G. Cutler 39,245 69% - 31%
1954 Republican James I. Dolliver 53,457 Democratic Lumund F. Wilcox 35,137 60% - 40%
1956 Democratic Merwin Coad 64,625 Republican James I. Dolliver 64,427 50.1% - 49.9%
1958 Democratic Merwin Coad 57,491 Republican Robert E. Waggoner 41,204 58% - 42%
1960 Democratic Merwin Coad 70,353 Republican Curtis G. Reihm 60,834 54% - 46%
1962 Republican Charles B. Hoeven 66,940 Democratic Donaled W. Murray 47,524 58% - 42%
1964 Democratic Stanley L. Greigg 86,323 Republican Howard N. Sokol 75,478 53% - 46%
1966 Republican Wiley Mayne 73,274 Democratic Stanley L. Greigg 53,917 57% - 42%
1968 Republican Wiley Mayne 100,802 Democratic Jerry O. Sullivan 54,171 65% - 35%
1970 Republican Wiley Mayne 100,802 N/A N/A 1 99% - 1%
1972 Republican Wiley Mayne 103,284 Democratic Berkley Bedell 93,574 52% - 48%
1974 Democratic Berkley Bedell 86,315 Republican Wiley Mayne 71,695 55% - 45%
1976 Democratic Berkley Bedell 133,507 Republican Joanne D. Soper 62,292 67% - 31%
1978 Democratic Berkley Bedell 87,139 Republican Willis Edgar Junker 44,320 66% - 34%
1980 Democratic Berkley Bedell 129,460 Republican Clarence S. Carney 71,866 64% - 36%
1982 Democratic Berkley Bedell 101,690 Republican Al Bremer 56,487 64% - 36%
1984 Democratic Berkley Bedell 127,706 Republican Darrel Rensink 78,182 62% - 38%
1986 Republican Fred Grandy 81,861 Democratic Clayton Hodgson 78,807 51% - 49%
1988 Republican Fred Grandy 125,859 Democratic Dave O'Brien 69,614 64% - 36%
1990 Republican Fred Grandy 112,333 Democratic Mike D. Earll 44,063 72% - 28%

Living former Members[edit]

As of December 2019, two former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa's 6th congressional district are alive. The most recent representative to die was Berkley Bedell (served 1975–1987) on December 7, 2019.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Merwin Coad 1957–1963 (1924-09-28) September 28, 1924 (age 95)
Fred Grandy 1987–1993 (1948-06-29) June 29, 1948 (age 71)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Election Statistics,". 2005. Archived from the original on 2007-07-25.