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Encyclopedia > Indiana's 8th congressional district

United States House of Representatives, Indiana District 8 is a district of the United States Congress in south-western Indiana. Based in Evansville, it was widened when Indiana lost a seat after the 2000 Census to include much of the former 5th and 7th Districts. At that time, Bloomington (the home of former representative Frank McCloskey) was moved into the 9th District, while the 8th was extended northward to include west-central Indiana, including Terre Haute. Congressional districts for representation in the United States House of Representatives are determined after each census. ... Type Bicameral Houses Senate House of Representatives President of the Senate Dick Cheney, R, since January 20, 2001 Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R, since January 6, 1999 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups (as of January 4, 2005 elections) Democratic Party Republican Party... Official language(s) English Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Area  Ranked 38th  - Total 36,418 sq mi (94,321 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 270 miles (435 km)  - % water 1. ... Nickname: River City Location in the state of Indiana Country United States State Indiana County Vanderburgh Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel Area    - City 105. ... In 2000, censuses were conducted in United States: The 22nd federal United States 2000 Census Costa Rica: The 9th Costa Rican Census of population. ... Location in the state of Indiana Coordinates: County Monroe Mayor Mark Kruzan Area    - City 51. ... Rep. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

It has been nicknamed the "bloody eighth" because of a series of hard-fought campaigns and political reversals. The district switched parties in 1958, 1966, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1994, and 2006. Moreover, every Congressman who represented the 8th district from 1978 to 2006 has been defeated in a later general election.

It is currently represented by Brad Ellsworth, a Democrat. As a result of Ellsworth's landslide defeat of incumbent John Hostettler, it was the first district reported as a gain for the Democratic party on election night, 2006. Brad Ellsworth is a Vanderburgh County, Indiana, Sheriff and a Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 8th District of Indiana (map). ... John Nathan Hostettler (born June 19, 1961), American politician, is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives. ...

Map of current boundaries
Map of current boundaries

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