New York's 15th congressional district

New York's 15th congressional district is a congressional district for the United States House of Representatives located in New York City, State of New York. The district has been represented by Democrat José E. Serrano since 2013.

The 15th district is located entirely within The Bronx, including most of the southern and western neighborhoods of the borough. Hispanics make up a majority of this district's population, while African-Americans make up a smaller plurality. Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Zoo are both located within the district.

From 2003 to 2013 it was composed of Upper Manhattan, Rikers Island and a largely non-residential section of northwestern Queens on the shore of the East River mostly occupied by a Consolidated Edison facility and a New York Power Authority power plant. The district included the neighborhoods of Harlem, Inwood, Marble Hill, Spanish Harlem, Washington Heights, Morningside Heights, and portions of the Upper West Side that included Apollo Theater, Columbia University, and Grant's Tomb.

Scoring a Cook Partisan Voting Index of D+43 in 2014 rendered the district the most Democratic in the nation.[3] U.S. Senator John Kerry won 90% of the vote in the 15th congressional district in 2004. In 2012, this was the district scoring the highest percentage of local votes to President Barack Obama: 96.7%. Likewise in 2016 whereby Hillary Clinton received locally a total of 93.8% of the vote.[4]

New York's 15th congressional district
New York US Congressional District 15 (since 2013)
New York's 15th congressional district since January 3, 2013
U.S. RepresentativeJosé E. Serrano (DBronx)
Distribution
  • 100% urban
  • 0% rural
Median income$28,042[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+44[2]

Recent election results from presidential races

Year Office Results
2008 President Obama 95 - 5%
2012 President Obama 96.7 - 3%
2016 President Clinton 93.8 - 4.9%

Redistricting

The district was a Brooklyn-based seat until 1982, when it was realigned to cover the East Side of Manhattan. Following the 1992 redistricting, it became the upper Manhattan seat previously designated the 19th District and the 18th District. After the 2012 redistricting, the 15th became the Bronx's primary district.

List of members representing the district

1803 – 1823: One seat, then two seats

From 1813 to 1823, two seats were apportioned to the 15th district, elected at-large on a general ticket.

Cong
ress
Years Seat A Seat B
Representative Party Electoral history Representative Party Electoral history
8th March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1805
Gaylord Griswold
Gaylord Griswold
Federalist Elected in 1802.
[Data unknown/missing.]
No 2nd seat
9th March 4, 1805 –
March 3, 1807
NathanWilliamsCongressman
Nathan Williams
Democratic-Republican Elected in 1804.
[Data unknown/missing.]
10th March 4, 1807 –
March 3, 1809
WilliamKirkpatrickNewYorkCongressman
William Kirkpatrick
Democratic-Republican Elected in 1806.
[Data unknown/missing.]
11th March 4, 1809 –
March 3, 1811
Peter Buell Porter
Peter Buell Porter
Democratic-Republican Elected in 1808.
Re-elected in 1810.
Retired.
12th March 4, 1811 –
March 3, 1813
13th March 4, 1813 –
June 21, 1813
Vacant Representative-elect William Dowse died February 18, 1813 before the term began. Joel Thompson Federalist Elected in 1812.
[Data unknown/missing.]
June 21, 1813 –
December 20, 1813
John M. Bowers Federalist Elected to finish Dowse's term.
Lost election contest.
December 20, 1813 –
January 24, 1814
Vacant Election contested.
January 24, 1814 –
March 3, 1815
Isaac Williams Jr. Democratic-Republican Successfully contested Bowers's election.
[Data unknown/missing.]
14th March 4, 1815 –
March 3, 1817
James Birdsall Democratic-Republican Elected in 1814.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Jabez Hammond Democratic-Republican Elected in 1814.
[Data unknown/missing.]
15th March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1819
Isaac Williams Jr. Democratic-Republican Elected in 1816.
[Data unknown/missing.]
John R. Drake Democratic-Republican Elected in 1816.
[Data unknown/missing.]
16th March 4, 1819 –
March 3, 1821
Joseph S. Lyman Democratic-Republican [Data unknown/missing.] Robert Monell Democratic-Republican [Data unknown/missing.]
17th March 4, 1821 –
December 3, 1821
Elections were held in April 1821. It is unclear when results were announced or credentials issued. Elections were held in April 1821. It is unclear when results were announced or credentials issued.
December 3, 1821 –
March 3, 1823
Samuel Campbell Democratic-Republican [Data unknown/missing.] James Hawkes Democratic-Republican [Data unknown/missing.]

1823 – Present: One seat

Representative Party Years Electoral history
John Herkimer Adams-Clay
Republican
March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
[Data unknown/missing.]
Michael Hoffman Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1833
[Data unknown/missing.]
Charles McVean Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1835
[Data unknown/missing.]
Matthias J. Bovee Jacksonian March 4, 1835 –
March 3, 1837
[Data unknown/missing.]
John Edwards Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
[Data unknown/missing.]
Peter J. Wagner Whig March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1841
[Data unknown/missing.]
John Sanford (1803)
John Sanford
Democratic March 4, 1841 –
March 3, 1843
[Data unknown/missing.]
Portrait of Lemuel Stetson
Lemuel Stetson
Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
[Data unknown/missing.]
Joseph Russell (Warrensburg)
Joseph Russell
Democratic March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1847
[Data unknown/missing.]
Sidney Lawrence Democratic March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1849
[Data unknown/missing.]
John R. Thurman Whig March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1851
[Data unknown/missing.]
Joseph Russell (Warrensburg)
Joseph Russell
Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1853
[Data unknown/missing.]
Charles Hughes Democratic March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
[Data unknown/missing.]
Edward Dodd
Edward Dodd
Opposition March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
[Data unknown/missing.]
Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
James Bedell McKean
James B. McKean
Republican March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1863
[Data unknown/missing.]
John Augustus Griswold
John Augustus Griswold
Democratic March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1865
[Data unknown/missing.]
Republican March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1869
Adolphus H. Tanner Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1871
[Data unknown/missing.]
Joseph Mabbett Warren
Joseph M. Warren
Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1873
[Data unknown/missing.]
Eli Perry
Eli Perry
Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
Redistricted from the 14th district.
John H. Bagley
John H. Bagley Jr.
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
[Data unknown/missing.]
Stephen L. Mayham
Stephen L. Mayham
Democratic March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1879
[Data unknown/missing.]
William Lounsbery
William Lounsbery
Democratic March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1881
[Data unknown/missing.]
Thomas C. Cornell - Brady-Handy
Thomas Cornell
Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1883
[Data unknown/missing.]
John H. Bagley
John H. Bagley Jr.
Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lewis Beach
Lewis Beach
Democratic March 4, 1885 –
August 10, 1886
Redistricted from the 14th district., Died.
Vacant August 10, 1886 –
December 6, 1886
Henry Bacon (New York)
Henry Bacon
Democratic December 6, 1886 –
March 3, 1889
[Data unknown/missing.]
Moses D. Stivers
Moses D. Stivers
Republican March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
[Data unknown/missing.]
Henry Bacon (New York)
Henry Bacon
Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
[Data unknown/missing.]
Ashbel Parmelee Fitch
Ashbel P. Fitch
Democratic March 4, 1893 –
December 26, 1893
Redistricted from the 13th district.
Resigned to become New York City Comptroller
Vacant December 26, 1893 –
January 30, 1894
Isidor Straus 1903
Isidor Straus
Democratic January 30, 1894 –
March 3, 1895
[Data unknown/missing.]
Philip B. Low
Philip B. Low
Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1899
[Data unknown/missing.]
Jacob Ruppert 1923
Jacob Ruppert
Democratic March 4, 1899 –
March 3, 1903
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 16th district.
William Douglas (Congressman)
William H. Douglas
Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1905
Redistricted from the 14th district.
J. V. V. Olcott
J. Van Vechten Olcott
Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 3, 1911
[Data unknown/missing.]
Thomas G. Patten
Thomas G. Patten
Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 3, 1913
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 18th district.
Michael F. Conry
Michael F. Conry
Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 2, 1917
Redistricted from the 12th district., Died.
Vacant March 2, 1917 –
April 12, 1917
Thomas F. Smith (NY)
Thomas F. Smith
Democratic April 12, 1917 –
March 3, 1919
[Data unknown/missing.]
PeterJDooling
Peter J. Dooling
Democratic March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1921
Redistricted from the 16th district.
Thomas Jefferson Ryan (New York Congressman)
Thomas J. Ryan
Republican March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1923
[Data unknown/missing.]
John Joseph Boylan
John J. Boylan
Democratic March 4, 1923 –
October 5, 1938
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant October 5, 1938 –
January 3, 1939
Michael J. Kennedy (New York Congressman) 2
Michael J. Kennedy
Democratic January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1943
[Data unknown/missing.]
Thomas F. Burchill
Thomas F. Burchill
Democratic January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1945
[Data unknown/missing.]
Emanuel Celler NYWTS
Emanuel Celler
Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1953
Redistricted from the 10th district.
Redistricted to the 11th district.
John Henry Ray (New York)
John H. Ray
Republican January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1963
[Data unknown/missing.]
Hugh Carey - 1977 NFTA Report
Hugh Carey
Democratic January 3, 1963 –
December 31, 1974
Redistricted from the 12th district.
Resigned to become Governor of New York
Vacant January 1, 1975 –
January 2, 1975
Leo Zeferetti
Leo C. Zeferetti
Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1983
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to 14th district. and lost re-election.
S. William Green
Bill Green
Republican January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1993
Redistricted from the 18th district.
Charles B Rangel Portrait
Charles Rangel
Democratic January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 2013
Redistricted from the 16th district., Redistricted to the 13th district.
Josieserrano.jpeg
José E. Serrano
Democratic January 3, 2013 –
Present
Redistricted from the 16th district.

Recent election results

U.S. President

Year Result
2000 Gore 87–7%
2004 Kerry 90–9%
2008 Obama 93–6%

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

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, hence the state electoral results contain both the party votes, and the final candidate votes (Listed as "Recap").

US House election, 1870: New York District 15[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joseph M. Warren 17,793 59.9
Republican J. Thomas Davis 11,659 39.3
Temperance Alvin C. Rose 235 0.8
Majority 6,134 20.6
Turnout 29,687 100

[Data unknown/missing.]

US House election, 1996: New York District 15
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Charles B. Rangel 113,898 91.3
Republican Edward R. Adams 5,951 4.8
Conservative Ruben Dario Vargas 3,896 3.1
Right to Life Jose Suero 989 0.8
Majority 107,947 86.5
Turnout 124,734 100
US House election, 1998: New York District 15
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Charles B. Rangel 90,424 93.1 +1.8
Republican David E. Cunningham 5,633 5.8 +1.0
Conservative Patrick McManus 1,082 1.1 -2.0
Majority 84,791 87.3 +0.8
Turnout 97,139 100 -22.1
US House election, 2000: New York District 15
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Charles B. Rangel 130,161 91.9 -1.2
Republican Jose Agustin Suero 7,346 5.2 -0.6
Green Dean Loren 2,134 1.5 +1.5
Independence Jesse A. Fields 1,051 0.7 +0.7
Conservative Frank Della Valle 492 0.3 -0.8
Libertarian Scott A. Jeffery 480 0.3 +0.3
Majority 122,815 86.7 -0.6
Turnout 141,664 100 +45.8
US House election, 2002: New York District 15
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Charles B. Rangel 84,367 88.5 -3.4
Republican Jesse A. Fields 11,008 11.5 +6.3
Majority 73,359 76.9 -9.8
Turnout 95,375 100 -32.7
US House election, 2004: New York District 15
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Charles B. Rangel 161,351 91.1 +2.6
Republican Kenneth P. Jefferson, Jr. 12,355 7.0 -4.5
Independence Jessie A. Fields 3,345 1.9 +1.9
Majority 148,996 84.2 +7.3
Turnout 177,051 100 +85.6
US House election, 2006: New York District 15
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Charles B. Rangel 103,916 94.0 +2.9
Republican Edward Daniels 6,592 6.0 -1.0
Majority 97,324 88.1 +3.9
Turnout 110,508 100 -37.6
US House election, 2008: New York District 15
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Charles B. Rangel 177,151 89.2 -5.8
Republican Edward Daniels 15,676 7.9 +1.9
Independent Craig Schley 3,708 1.9
Socialist Workers Martin Koppel 2,141 1.1
Majority 161,475 81.3 -6.8
Turnout 198,676 100 +79.8
US House election, 2010: New York District 15
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Charles B. Rangel 91,225 80.4 -8.7
Republican Michel Faulkner 11,754 10.4 +2.5
Independent Craig Schley 7,803 6.9 +5.0
Socialist Workers Róger Calero 2,647 2.3 +1.2
Majority 79,471 70.1 -11.2
Turnout 113,429 100 -42.9

Historical district boundaries

New York District 15 109th US Congress
2003 - 2013

See also

References

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=36&cd=15
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Median & Most Partisan Districts, 1998-2014.
  4. ^ Kos Elections' presidential results by congressional district for the 2016 and 2012 elections, dailykos.com.
  5. ^ November Election, 1870. Complete Statement of the Official Canvass, in Detail of the Election Held November 8, 1870, Giving the Vote of Each Election District, with Proceedings of County And State... Volume II. County of New York. 1871. p. 2034. Retrieved 2009-03-28.

Coordinates: 40°49′27″N 73°53′28″W / 40.82417°N 73.89111°W

1813 New York's 15th congressional district special election

A special election was held in New York's 15th congressional district to fill a vacancy left by the death of Representative-elect William Dowse (F) on February 18, 1813, before the beginning of the 13th Congress. The election was held April 27-29, 1813.

1894 United States House of Representatives elections

Elections to the United States House of Representatives 1894 comprised a significant realigning election — a major Republican landslide that set the stage for the decisive election of 1896. The elections of members of the United States House of Representatives in 1894 came in the middle of President Grover Cleveland's second term. The nation was in its deepest economic depression ever following the Panic of 1893, so economic issues were at the forefront. In the spring, a major coal strike damaged the economy of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. It was accompanied by violence; the miners lost and many moved toward the Populist party. Immediately after the coal strike concluded, Eugene V. Debs led a nationwide railroad strike, called the Pullman Strike. It shut down the nation's transportation system west of Detroit for weeks, until President Cleveland's use of federal troops ended the strike. Debs went to prison (for disobeying a court order). Illinois's Governor John Peter Altgeld, a Democrat, broke bitterly with Cleveland.

The fragmented and disoriented Democratic Party was crushed everywhere outside the South, losing more than half its seats to the Republican Party. Even in the South, the Democrats lost seats to Republican-Populist electoral fusion in Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The Democrats ultimately lost 127 seats in the election while the Republicans gained 130 seats (after the resolution of several contested elections). This is the largest swing in the history of the House of Representatives, and also makes the 1894 election the single largest midterm election victory in the entire history of the United States. (A political party would not suffer triple-digit losses again until 1932.)

The main issues revolved around the severe economic depression, which the Republicans blamed on the conservative Bourbon Democrats led by Cleveland. Cleveland supporters lost heavily, weakening their hold on the party and setting the stage for an 1896 takeover by the silverist wing of the party. The Populist Party ran candidates in the South and Midwest, but generally lost ground, outside Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas where state-level fusion with the Republicans was successful despite Populist and Republican antagonism at the national level. The Democrats tried to raise a religious issue, claiming the GOP was in cahoots with the American Protective Association. The allegations seem to have fallen flat as Catholics moved toward the GOP.

1917 United States House of Representatives elections

There were eight special elections to the United States House of Representatives in 1917, during the 64th United States Congress and 65th United States Congress.

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James Birdsall

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