|Arizona's 8th congressional district|
Arizona's 8th congressional district since January 3, 2013
|Current Representative||Debbie Lesko(R-Peoria)|
|Area||9,057 sq mi (23,460 km2)|
After redistricting for the 2012 general election, the new 8th district encompasses most of the Maricopa County portion of the old 2nd district, while most of the former 8th district became the 2nd congressional district. It is the geographic and demographic successor of the old 2nd; while the 4th district contains most of the old 2nd's land, more than 92 percent of the old 2nd's constituents were drawn into the 8th.
Arizona picked up an eighth congressional district after the 2000 census. It originally encompassed the extreme southeastern part of the state. It included all of Cochise County and parts of Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz counties. For all intents and purposes, it was the successor to the 5th District.
Longtime Republican Jim Kolbe retired in 2007, and was succeeded by Democrat Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot and severely wounded at a public event on January 8, 2011. Giffords resigned her seat in January 2012. A special election that was on June 12, 2012 elected Ron Barber as the new congressman.
For the 2012 election, Barber was redistricted to the 2nd district, which includes the bulk of the old 8th district. The 8th was redrawn to include nearly all of the Maricopa County portion of the old 2nd District-as mentioned above, more than 92 percent of the old 2nd's population. The district had previously been the 3rd District from 1963 to 2003. That district's congressman, Republican Trent Franks, won the election for the new 8th.
|Election results from presidential races|
|Representative||Party||Years||Congress||Electoral history||District description|
|Jim Kolbe||Republican||January 3, 2003 -
January 3, 2007
|Redistricted from the 5th district and re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
|Gabrielle Giffords||Democratic||January 3, 2007 -
January 25, 2012
|First elected in 2006.|
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
|Vacant||January 25, 2012 -
June 12, 2012
|Ron Barber||Democratic||June 12, 2012 -
January 3, 2013
|Elected to finish Giffords's term.|
Redistricted to the 2nd district.
|Trent Franks||Republican||January 3, 2013 -
December 8, 2017
|Redistricted from the 2nd district and re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
|Vacant||December 8, 2017 -
April 24, 2018
|Debbie Lesko||Republican||April 24, 2018 -
|115th||Elected to finish Franks's term|
|Democratic||Mary Judge Ryan||67,328||33.59%|
|Republican||Jim Kolbe (incumbent)||183,363||60.36%|
|Libertarian||David F. Nolan||4,849||1.91%|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
|Democratic||Gabrielle Giffords (incumbent)||179,629||54.72%|
|Democratic||Gabrielle Giffords (incumbent)||138,280||48.76%|
|Americans Elect||Stephen Dolgos||4,347||1.59%|
|Republican||Trent Franks (incumbent)||128,710||75.8%|
|Americans Elect||Stephen Dolgos||41,066||24.2%|
|Republican||Trent Franks (incumbent)||204,942||68.6%|
As of December 2017, there are four former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona's 8th congressional district that are currently living.
|Representative||Term in office||Date of birth (and age)|
|Jim Kolbe||2003 - 2007||June 28, 1942|
|Gabrielle Giffords||2007 - 2012||June 8, 1970|
|Ron Barber||2012 - 2013||August 25, 1945|
|Trent Franks||2013 - 2017||June 19, 1957|