In its last decade, the district consisted of central Cuyahoga county.
|District created March 4, 1843|
|Joshua Reed Giddings||Whig||28th–30th||March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1849
|Redistricted from |
the 16th district
|Free Soil||31st–33rd||March 4, 1849 – |
March 3, 1855
|Opposition||34th||March 4, 1855 – |
March 3, 1857
|Republican||35th||March 4, 1857 – |
March 3, 1859
|John Hutchins||36th–37th||March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1863
|District inactive||38th–42nd||March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1873
|Richard C. Parsons||Republican||43rd||March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
|Henry B. Payne||Democratic||44th||March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
|Amos Townsend||Republican||45th–47th||March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1883
|David R. Paige||Democratic||48th||March 4, 1883 –
March 4, 1885
|William McKinley||Republican||49th||March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1887
|Redistricted to |
the 18th district
|George W. Crouse||50th||March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1889
|Martin L. Smyser||51st||March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
|Vincent A. Taylor||52nd||March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
|William J. White||53rd||March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1895
|Clifton B. Beach||54th–55th||March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1899
|Fremont O. Phillips||56th||March 4, 1899 –
March 3, 1901
|Jacob A. Beidler||57th–59th||March 4, 1901 –
March 3, 1907
|L. Paul Howland||60th–62nd||March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1913
|William Gordon||Democratic||63rd–65th||March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1919
|Charles A. Mooney||66th||March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1921
|Miner G. Norton||Republican||67th||March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1923
|Charles A. Mooney||Democratic||68th–72nd||March 4, 1923 –
May 29, 1931
|Martin L. Sweeney||72nd–77th||November 3, 1931 –
January 3, 1943
|Michael A. Feighan||78th–91st||January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1971
|James V. Stanton||92nd–94th||January 3, 1971 –
January 3, 1977
|Mary Rose Oakar||95th–102nd||January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1993
|January 3, 1993 –
The following chart shows historic election results. Bold type indicates victor. Italic type indicates incumbent.
|1990||Mary Rose Oakar*: 109,390||Bill Smith: 39,749|
|1988||Mary Rose Oakar: 146,715||Michael Sajna: 30,944|
|1986||Mary Rose Oakar: 110,976||Bill Smith: 19,794|
|1984||Mary Rose Oakar: 167,115|
|1982||Mary Rose Oakar: 133,603||Paris T. LeJeune: 17,675||Louis Haberbush: 1,930|
MIlton R. Norris (L): 2,844
|1980||Mary Rose Oakar: 96,217|
|1978||Mary Rose Oakar: 76,973|
|1976||Mary Rose Oakar: 98,785||Raymond J. Grabow: 20,553|
Theodore Held III: 2,638
|1974||James Vincent Stanton: 86,405||Robert A. Frantz: 12,991|
|1972||James Vincent Stanton: 117,302||Thomas E. Vilt: 16,624||Richard B. Kay (AI): 5,285|
|1970||James Vincent Stanton: 70,140||J. William Petro: 16,118|
|1968||Michael A. Feighan: 72,918||J. William Petro: 27,827|
|1966||Michael A. Feighan: 63,629||Clarence E. McLeod: 20,034|
|1964||Michael A. Feighan: 115,675||Joseph A. Cipollone: 39,747|
|1962||Michael A. Feighan: 91,544||Leonard G. Richter: 37,325|
|1960||Michael A. Feighan: 113,302||Leonard G. Richter: 53,845|
|1958||Michael A. Feighan: 113,200||Malvern E. Schultz: 29,308|
|1956||Michael A. Feighan: 105,562||John H. Ferguson: 56,209|
|1954||Michael A. Feighan: 81,304||John H. Ferguson: 38,865|
|1952||Michael A. Feighan: 109,211||John H. Ferguson: 58,271|
|1950||Michael A. Feighan: 60,565||Paul W. Cassidy: 21,044|
|1948||Michael A. Feighan: 64,241|
|1946||Michael A. Feighan: 49,670||Walter E. Obert: 24,476|
|1944||Michael A. Feigan: 75,218||A. R. McNamara: 23,945|
|1942||Michael A. Feighan: 34,462||Harry T. Marshall: 14,001||Marie R. Sweeney: 7,289|
|1940||Martin L. Sweeney: 72,395||George Pillersdorf: 34,605|
|1938||Martin L. Sweeney: 54,185||Thomas F. McCafferty: 22,775|
|1936||Martin L. Sweeney: 54,295||Blase A. Buonpane: 23,367||John L. Mihelich: 22,158|
|1934||Martin L. Sweeney: 50,611||Joseph E. Cassidy: 21,952||A. Landy (C): 1,562|
Sidney Yellen (S): 433
|1932||Martin L. Sweeney**: 52,933||John Fromholz (C): 650|
|1930||Charles A. Mooney: 42,123||Max D. Gustin: 13,824|
|1928||Charles A. Mooney: 47,313||Oscar V. Hensley: 28,381||John Foley (W): 261|
|1926||Charles A. Mooney: 22,050|
|1924||Charles A. Mooney: 34,173||Harvey Drucker: 22,507||C. E. Ruthenberg (W): 569|
|1922||Charles A. Mooney: 23,469||Miner G. Norton: 17,968||John G. Willett (S): 1,381|
James Goward (SL): 198
James A. Murphy: 128
|1920||Charles A. Mooney: 27,223||Miner G. Norton: 35,483||Nicholas P. Geiger: 711|
Amos Townsend (1821 – March 17, 1895) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
Born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, Townsend attended the common schools of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and clerked in a store in Pittsburgh. He moved to Mansfield, Ohio, in 1839 and engaged in mercantile pursuits. He served as United States marshal during the Kansas troubles. He moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1858 and engaged in the wholesale grocery business. He served as member of the Cleveland City Council 1866-1876, serving as president for seven years. He served as member of the State constitutional convention in 1873.
Townsend was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth, Forty-sixth, and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1883). He served as chairman of the Committee on Railways and Canals (Forty-seventh Congress). He declined renomination. He served as member of a wholesale foodpacking firm. He died while on a visit to St. Augustine, Florida, March 17, 1895. He was interred in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.Charles A. Mooney
Charles Anthony Mooney (January 5, 1879 – May 29, 1931) was a five-term U.S. Representative from Ohio.
Born in St. Marys, Auglaize County, Ohio, Mooney attended the public and Jesuit schools. He was graduated from St. Marys High School in 1895, and then engaged in the local life insurance business. He moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1910 and continued the life insurance business. He served as member of the Ohio Senate from 1915 to 1919.
Mooney was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1921). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1920, 1924, and 1928.
Mooney was elected to the Sixty-eighth and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1923, until his death in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 29, 1931.
He was interred in Gethsemane Cemetery, St. Marys, Ohio.Clifton B. Beach
Clifton Bailey Beach (September 16, 1845 – November 15, 1902) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
Born in Sharon Township, Medina County, Ohio, Beach moved to Cleveland with his parents in 1857.
He attended the common schools and was graduated from Western Reserve College in Hudson, Ohio, known now as Case Western Reserve University, in 1871.
He studied law.
He was admitted to the bar in 1872 and commenced practice in Cleveland.
He served as deputy collector of customs at Cleveland.
He retired from the practice of law in 1884 and engaged in the manufacture of wire nails, staples, and rods.
Beach was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1899).
He was not a candidate for renomination in 1898.
He resumed his former manufacturing pursuits in Cleveland.
He died at Rocky River, Ohio, November 15, 1902.
He was interred in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.David R. Paige
David Raymond Paige (April 8, 1844 – June 30, 1901) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
Born in Madison, Ohio, Paige attended the public schools and Western Reserve Academy, Hudson, Ohio.
He was graduated from Union College, Schenectady, New York, in 1865.
He engaged in the hardware business in Akron, Ohio.
Treasurer of Summit County 1875-1879.
Paige was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885).
He engaged in the contracting business.
He died in New York City June 30, 1901.
He was interred in Evergreen Cemetery, Painesville, Ohio.
Paige was married to Ellen Lewis King of Akron, January 19, 1870. She died December 20, 1877, leaving two sons. He remarried December 22, 1884 to Eva Bell Leek of Cleveland, Ohio.Fremont O. Phillips
Fremont Orestes Phillips (March 16, 1856 – February 21, 1936) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.George S. Myers (judge)
George S. Myers (April 21, 1881 – May 9, 1940) was a Democratic lawyer from Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States, who served in all three branches of the Ohio state government. He served two terms in the Ohio House of Representatives, two terms as Ohio Secretary of State, and finished his life as a judge on the Ohio Supreme Court.Jacob A. Beidler
Jacob Atlee Beidler (November 2, 1852 – September 13, 1912) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.James V. Stanton
James Vincent Stanton (born February 27, 1932) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Stanton graduated from Holy Name High School in 1949 and then served in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1954, during the Korean War. He earned an A.B. from the University of Dayton in 1958, and a J.D. from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1961. He became a member of the Ohio bar association that year, and went into private practice.
Stanton served as a member of the Cleveland city council from 1959 to 1970, serving as president from 1964 to 1970. He was then elected as a Democrat to the 92nd and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1977). In his last Congress, he was instrumental in getting House Doorkeeper William "Fishbait" Miller defeated by the House Caucus and installed his friend and protégé James Molloy in Miller's place. Molloy kept the office until it was abolished in 1995.
Stanton was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives in 1976, but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate. He supported the man who bested him in the primary, Howard Metzenbaum. Though he had been instrumental in that body in a few years, he tired of the slow progress a member encountered in gaining stature in such a body.
After his political career, Stanton resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C. from 1977 to 1981. He served as executive vice president of Delaware North Companies in Buffalo, New York, from 1981 to 1988. He went on to earn an A.M.P. from Harvard University Business School in 1984. He is a resident of Potomac, Maryland.
In the 2012 election, he endorsed Republican nominee Mitt Romney over his party's nominee President Barack Obama.John Hutchins
John Hutchins (July 25, 1812 – November 20, 1891) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.L. Paul Howland
Leonard Paul Howland (December 5, 1865 – December 23, 1942) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
Paul Howland was born in Jefferson, Ohio. Howland completed preparatory studies. He graduated from Oberlin College (Ohio) in 1887 and from the law department of Harvard University in 1890. He was admitted to the bar in 1890 and commenced practice in Jefferson, Ohio. He moved to Cleveland in 1894 and continued the practice of law. He served as second lieutenant, squadron adjutant, First Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, during the Spanish–American War.
Howland was elected as a Republican to the Sixtieth, Sixty-first, and Sixty-second Congresses (March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1913). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress. He was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1912 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against Robert W. Archbald, judge of the United States Commerce Court. He resumed the practice of law. He served as delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1916, 1920, and 1924. He died in Cleveland, Ohio, December 23, 1942. He was interred in Lake View Cemetery.Martin L. Smyser
Martin Luther Smyser (April 3, 1851 – May 6, 1908) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
Born on a farm in Plain Township, Wayne County, Ohio, Smyser attended the common schools and was graduated from Wittenberg College, Springfield, Ohio, in 1870.
He studied law at Wooster under Lyman R. Critchfield.
He was admitted to the bar in 1872 and practiced in Wooster.
In 1873 he entered into partnership with Addison S. McClure.Smyser was elected prosecuting attorney of Wayne County in 1872 and served one term.
He served as delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1884 and 1888.
Smyser was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first Congress (March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1891).
He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress.
He resumed the practice of law in Wooster.
He was appointed to the Ohio District Courts of Appeals, January 15, 1898, by Governor Bushnell.Smyser was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1907).
He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1906 to the Sixtieth Congress.
He continued the practice of law in Wooster, Ohio, until his death in that city May 6, 1908.
He was interred in Wooster Cemetery.Martin L. Sweeney
Martin Leonard Sweeney (April 15, 1885 – May 1, 1960) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio and the father of Robert E. Sweeney.Mary Rose Oakar
Mary Rose Oakar (born March 5, 1940) is an American Democratic politician and former member of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio, the first Democratic woman elected to the United States Congress from that state. Oakar was also the first woman of Arab-American (Syrian and Lebanese) ancestry to serve in Congress. She is currently a member of the Ohio State Board of Education.Michael A. Feighan
Michael Aloysius Feighan (February 16, 1905 – March 19, 1992) was an American politician from Lakewood, Ohio, near Cleveland. He served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and as a Democratic Party U.S. Representative from 1943 to 1971, serving Ohio's 20th congressional district.
Originally, he was recruited by national Democrats who wanted to replace Congressman Martin L. Sweeney (D-OH), who had for eleven years held the seat representing the west side of Cleveland. They considered Sweeney to be too isolationist; for example, he had argued against enacting Lend-Lease to the United Kingdom.
After Feighan had served almost three decades in the House of Representatives, some local Democratic officials, led by Cleveland City Council President James V. Stanton, had grown tired of his leadership. Sensing that they could not beat Feighan in one election, they set up a stalking horse running a Michael Sweeney, a local lawyer with a good political name. Sweeney lost, but his vote total showed that Feighan could be vulnerable in a rematch. Two years later, in 1970, Stanton himself ran and defeated Feighan in the Democratic primary, concluding Feighan's political career.
During the legislation of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 Feighan insisted that "family unification" should take priority in immigration policy over "employability", on the premise that such a weighting would maintain the existing ethnic profile of the country. That change instead resulted in chain migration dominating the subsequent patterns of immigration to the United States and consequently a more ethnically diverse population.Miner G. Norton
Miner Gibbs Norton (May 11, 1857 – September 7, 1926) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
Born in Andover, Ohio, Norton attended the public schools, the National Normal University, Lebanon, Ohio, and Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio.
He graduated from Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio, in 1878 and from the law department of Yale College in 1880.
He was admitted to the bar in the latter year and commenced practice in Cleveland, Ohio.
He served as director of law of Cleveland, Ohio 1895-1899.
He served as chairman of the Republican State executive committee in the early nineties.
United States appraiser for the northern district of Ohio 1905-1909.
Norton was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1923).
He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1922 to the Sixty-eighth Congress.
He resumed the practice of law in Cleveland.
He was appointed by President Coolidge collector of customs at Cleveland on February 7, 1925, and served until his death in Cleveland, Ohio, September 7, 1926.
He was interred in Oakdale Cemetery, Jefferson, Ohio.Ohio's congressional districts
Ohio is divided into 16 congressional districts, each represented by a member of the United States House of Representatives. After the 2010 Census, Ohio lost two House seats due to slow population growth compared to the national average, and a new map was signed into law on September 26, 2011.Vincent A. Taylor
Vincent Albert Taylor (December 6, 1845 – December 2, 1922) was a soldier, businessman, and single-term U.S. Representative from Ohio.William Gordon (Ohio politician)
William Gordon (December 15, 1862 – January 16, 1942) was a lawyer, politician, businessman, and three-term U.S. Representative from Ohio.William J. White (politician)
William John White (October 7, 1850 – February 16, 1923) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
Born at Rice Lake, Ontario, Canada, White moved to the United States in 1857 with his parents, who settled in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended the district schools. He entered business as a candy maker in 1869, and later began the manufacture of chewing gum. He served as mayor of West Cleveland in 1889.
His wife, Ellen Maria Mansfield, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and was the daughter of Orange and Marietta Mansfield. They had several children. and were later divorced.
White was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1894. He was first president of the American Chicle Co. and later president of the W.J. White Chicle Co.. He died in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 16, 1923.
He was interred in Lake View Cemetery.