Wisconsin's 7th congressional district
Wisconsin's 7th congressional district includes Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Price, Oneida, Lincoln, Langlade, Marathon, Portage, Wood, Clark, Taylor, Chippewa, Rusk, Sawyer, Washburn, Barron, Polk and Burnett counties.
The district previously was the largest congressional district in the state geographically, covering 20 counties.
The district contained the following counties: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark (partial), Douglas, Iron, Langlade (partial), Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida (partial), Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn and Wood.
The current representative of the 7th congressional district is Sean Duffy (R). In redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting. Duffy ranked 7th on the list.
|U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 7 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Sean Duffy Incumbent||56.1%||201,720|
|Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
On November 2, 2010, Sean Duffy won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Julie M. Lassa (D) and Gary Kauther (Independent No War No Bailout). Incumbent Dave Obey did not seek re-election.
|U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Wisconsin, Congressional District 7, 2010|
|Democratic||Julie M. Lassa||44.5%||113,018|
- See also: Redistricting in Wisconsin
In 2011, the Wisconsin State Legislature re-drew the Congressional districts based on updated population information from the 2010 census.
In redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting. Duffy ranked 7th on the list. The article notes that Republican state legislators traded some of the Democratic leaning areas with Republican areas, "making the district a toss-up and giving him a better chance of holding on to the seat."