New York's 29th congressional district

The district from 2003 to 2013

The Twenty-ninth district of New York is an obsolete congressional district for the United States House of Representatives which most recently included a portion of the Appalachian mountains in New York known as the "Southern Tier." It was most recently represented by Tom Reed. This district number became obsolete for the 113th Congress in 2013 as a result of the 2010 Census. Most of the former 29th district remained intact and was to be renumbered as the 23rd district.

Voting[edit]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
1992 President Clinton 40 - 33%
1996 President Clinton 51 - 35%
2000 President Bush 53 - 43%
2004 President Bush 56 - 42%
2008 President McCain 51 - 48%

Components: past and present[edit]

The 29th District was centered in Buffalo and Niagara Falls in the 1990s (represented by John LaFalce); that district was dismantled and parceled out to the present 27th and 28th Districts. In the 1980s this district was centered in suburban Rochester. During the 1970s the district was congruent to the present upper Hudson Valley 20th District.

The far southern tier district was numbered the 31st District in the 1990s and the 34th District in the 1980s, when Amo Houghton represented it. During the 1970s this area was primarily in the 39th District. Prior versions of this district included Chautauqua county; suburban Rochester had never been in a southern tier district until the 2002 remap. The result was that the district changed from a "packed" Republican district to a "cracked" district. The 2008 elections reversed the crack, meaning that the heavily Democratic and suburban Monroe County votes were able to swing the district in their favor, leaving most of the rest of the expansive district out of influence, though not without help from an unexplained vote shift in Cattaraugus County. Former Corning Mayor Tom Reed, a Republican, was sworn in on Nov. 18, 2010 to fill out the term of Democrat Eric Massa, who resigned. Reed was elected to a full two-year term in the 112th Congress.

1913–1945:

All of Saratoga, Warren, Washington
Parts of Rensselaer

1945–1953:

All of Delaware, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan

1953–1963:

All of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Schoharie, Ulster

1963–1969:

All of Albany, Schenectady
Parts of Rensselaer

1969–1971:

All of Albany, Schenectady

1971–1973:

All of Schenectady
Parts of Albany, Montgomery

1973–1983:

All of Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Warren, Washington
Parts of Albany, Columbia, Essex

1983–1993:

All of Cayuga, Oswego, Seneca, Wayne
Parts of Monroe, Oneida

1993–2003:

All of Niagara, Orleans
Parts of Erie, Monroe

2003–2013:

All of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Yates
Parts of Monroe, Ontario

List of members representing the district[edit]

Member Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1823
Isaac Wilson Democratic-Republican March 4, 1823 –
January 7, 1824
Elected in 1822.
Lost election contest
Parmenio Adams Adams-Clay
Republican
January 7, 1824 –
March 3, 1825
Won election contest
[Data unknown/missing.]
Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1827
David Ellicott Evans Jacksonian March 4, 1827 –
May 2, 1827
Elected in 1826.
Resigned.
Vacant May 3, 1827 –
December 3, 1827
Phineas L. Tracy Anti-Jacksonian December 3, 1827 –
March 3, 1829
Elected in special election
[Data unknown/missing.]
Anti-Masonic March 4, 1829 –
March 3, 1833
George W. Lay Anti-Masonic March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1835
Elected in 1832.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1835 –
March 3, 1837
William Patterson Whig March 4, 1837 –
August 14, 1838
Elected in 1836.
Died.
Vacant August 14, 1838 –
November 6, 1838
Harvey Putnam Whig November 7, 1838 –
March 3, 1839
Elected to finish Patterson's term
[Data unknown/missing.]
Seth M. Gates Whig March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1843
[Data unknown/missing.]
Charles H. Carroll Whig March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1847
[Data unknown/missing.]
Robert L. Rose Whig March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1851
[Data unknown/missing.]
Jerediah Horsford Whig March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1853
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Azariah Boody
Whig March 4, 1853 –
October, 1853
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned.
Vacant October 1853 –
November 7, 1853
Davis Carpenter Whig November 8, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
[Data unknown/missing.]
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John Williams
Democratic March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Samuel G. Andrews
Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Alfred Ely
Republican March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1863
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Augustus Frank
Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1865
Redistricted from the 30th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Burt Van Horn
Republican March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1869
[Data unknown/missing.]
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John Fisher
Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1871
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Seth Wakeman
Republican March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1873
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Freeman Clarke
Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
Redistricted from the 28th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Charles C.B. Walker
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
[Data unknown/missing.]
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John N. Hungerford
Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1879
[Data unknown/missing.]
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David P. Richardson
Republican March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1883
[Data unknown/missing.]
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John Arnot Jr.
Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 28th district.
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Ira Davenport
Republican March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1889
[Data unknown/missing.]
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John Raines
Republican March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1893
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Charles W. Gillet
Republican March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1903
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 33rd district.
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Michael E. Driscoll
Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1913
Redistricted from the 27th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
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James S. Parker
Republican March 4, 1913 –
December 19, 1933
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant December 19, 1933 –
January 29, 1934
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William D. Thomas
Republican January 30, 1934 –
May 17, 1936
Elected to finish Parker's term
Died.
Vacant May 18, 1936 –
January 3, 1937
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E. Harold Cluett
Republican January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1943
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Dean P. Taylor
Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1945
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 33rd district.
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Augustus W. Bennet
Republican January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Katharine St. George
Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1953
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 28th district.
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J. Ernest Wharton
Republican January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1963
Redistricted from the 30th district.
Redistricted to the 28th district.
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Leo W. O'Brien
Democratic January 3, 1963 –
December 30, 1966
Redistricted from the 30th district.
Resigned.
Vacant December 31, 1966 –
January 2, 1967
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Daniel E. Button
Republican January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1971
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Samuel S. Stratton
Democratic January 3, 1971 –
January 3, 1973
Redistricted from the 35th district.
Redistricted to the 28th district.
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Carleton J. King
Republican January 3, 1973 –
December 31, 1974
Redistricted from the 30th district.
Resigned.
Vacant January 1, 1975 –
January 2, 1975
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Edward W. Pattison
Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1979
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Gerald Solomon
Republican January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1983
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 24th district.
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Frank Horton
Republican January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1993
Redistricted from the 34th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
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John J. LaFalce
Democratic January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 2003
Redistricted from the 32nd district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Amo Houghton
Republican January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2005
Redistricted from the 31st district.
Retired.
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Randy Kuhl
Republican January 3, 2005 –
January 3, 2009
Elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Lost re-election.
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Eric Massa
Democratic January 3, 2009 –
March 8, 2010
Elected in 2008.
Resigned.
Vacant March 8, 2010 –
November 18, 2010
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Tom Reed
Republican November 18, 2010 –
January 3, 2013
Elected to finish Massa's term,
and Elected to the next term in 2010.
Redistricted to the 23rd district.
District eliminated January 3, 2013

Recent election results[edit]

Following are the results of the elections of 1996 through 2008.

In New York State electoral politics there are numerous minor parties at various points on the political spectrum. Certain parties will invariably endorse either the Republican or Democratic candidate for every office. Therefore, the state electoral results contain both the party votes, and the final candidate votes (Listed as "Recap").

US House election, 1996: New York District 29
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John J. LaFalce 132,317 62.0
Republican David B. Callard 81,135 38.0
Majority 51,182 24.0
Turnout 213,452 100
US House election, 1998: New York District 29
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John J. LaFalce 97,235 57.0 -5.0
Republican Chris Collins 56,443 40.7 +2.7
Right to Life David E. Denzel 3,813 2.2 +2.2
Majority 27,754 16.3 +7.7
Turnout 170,529 100 -20.1
US House election, 2000: New York District 29
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John J. LaFalce 128,328 61.3 +4.3
Republican Brett M. Sommer 81,159 38.7 -2.0
Majority 47,169 22.5 +6.2
Turnout 209,487 100 +22.8
US House election, 2002: New York District 29
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Amo Houghton 127,657 73.1 +34.4
Democratic Kisun J. Peters 37,128 21.3 -40.0
Right to Life Wendy M. Johnson 5,836 3.3 +3.3
Green Rachel Treichler 4,010 2.3 +2.3
Majority 90,529 51.8 +29.3
Turnout 174,631 100 -16.6
US House election, 2004: New York District 29
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Randy Kuhl 136,883 50.7 -22.4
Democratic Samara Barend 110,241 40.8 +19.5
Conservative Mark W. Assini 17,272 6.4 +6.4
Independence John Ciampoli 5,819 2.2 +2.2
Majority 26,642 9.9 -41.9
Turnout 270,215 100 +54.7
US House election, 2006: New York District 29
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Randy Kuhl 106,077 51.5 +0.8
Democratic Eric Massa 100,044 48.5 +7.7
Majority 6,033 2.9 -7.0
Turnout 206,121 100 -23.7
US House election, 2008: New York District 29
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Eric Massa 140,529 51.0 +2.5
Republican Randy Kuhl 135,199 49.0 -2.5
Majority 5,330 1.9 -1.0
Turnout 275,728 100 +33.8

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