Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District

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The 9th Congressional District of Tennessee is a Congressional district in southwestern Tennessee. The district is located entirely within Shelby County, and includes most of the city of Memphis. It is the state's only district located entirely in one county, as well as the state's only African-American-majority district. Tennessee had at least nine congressional districts from 1825 to 1973, when the state was cut down to eight districts as a result of the 1970 United States Census, because its population growth had not kept pace with that of the nation as a whole. However, Tennessee rebounded to nine districts after the 1980 Census. At this time, most of the old 8th District was redrawn as a black-majority district, and combined with small portions of the former 6th and 7th districts to form the new 9th District. The district's configuration has remained more or less the same ever since. Most of the district's current territory had previously been numbered as the 9th from 1953 to 1973. It is one of the safest seats in the nation for the Democratic Party, and has not been seriously contested by a Republican in its current configuration. Generally, the 9th is one of two seats in Tennessee that are not seriously contested by Republicans. (More from Freebase)

Senators

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Lamar Alexander Republican 11 years in office

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Bob Corker Republican 7 years in office

Representative

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9th District Steve Cohen MyOC Group Democrat 7 years in office

District Boundary Map

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