Elected just last month in the 14th Congressional District, Bill Foster is the first Democratic congressman in the district since Democrat Chester C. Thompson was defeated in 1938 (DuPage was then represented in the 11th District – by Republicans). While the district boundaries have changed over time – in the 1960s the 14th encompassed all of DuPage – Foster is likely the first Democratic Congressman with part of their district in DuPage in 35 or more years.
The 6th Congressional District with part of DuPage hasn’t had a Democrat since George W. Collins died in 1972 – and the 13th Congressional District, the third and final district encompassing DuPage today, hasn’t had a Democrat since William M. Springer in the late 1800s.
Would it be an understatement to say that it’s simply an amazing turn of events that not only has DuPage gained it’s first Democratic congressman in 35 years last month – but that congressional Democrats believe that the other two DuPage congressional districts (6th and 13th) are in play. Let me repeat: Amazing!
While the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has long targeted the 6th Congressional District where Democrat Jill Morgenthaler is battling one-term incumbent Republican Peter Roskam, the DCCC now is targeting the 13th District where Democrat Scott Harper faces incumbent Republican Judy Biggert.
This may sound a bit “rah-rah” – but big congratulations to Bill Foster, Jill Morgenthaler and Scott Harper. It’s been 35 years for DuPage Democrats – but this year we get a congressman and possibly two more. Amazing!