Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District

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Mississippi's 2nd congressional district is the only majority-black district in the state, covering much of western Mississippi. The district includes most of Jackson, the riverfront cities of Greenville and Vicksburg, and the interior market cities of Clarksdale, Greenwood, and Clinton. The district is approximately 275 miles long, 180 miles wide and borders the Mississippi River; it encompasses much of the Mississippi Delta, and a total of 15 counties and parts of several others. From statehood to the election of 1846, Mississippi elected representatives at-large statewide on a general ticket. Following Reconstruction and the Democratic Party's regaining control of the state legislature, it redefined congressional districts to reduce Republican voting strength. Most blacks were covered by a 'shoestring' Congressional district running the length of the Mississippi River, leaving five other districts with white majorities. With passage of the 1890 constitution and other measures, the Democratic-dominated legislature effectively disfranchised most blacks and poor whites for decades, subduing the Republican and Populist movements. (More from Freebase)

Senators

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Thad Cochran Republican 36 years in office

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Roger Wicker Republican 8 years in office

Representative

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2nd District Bennie Thompson MyOC Group Democrat 22 years in office

District Boundary Map

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