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Maryland - 8th District

Incumbent -- Chris Van Hollen (D) ; Running for re-election

Safe Democratic
Race Ratings Key

CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.


District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

The 8th contains wealthy Montgomery County suburbs northwest of Washington, such as Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Potomac, along with less-affluent suburbs in eastern Montgomery and western Prince George's counties. It also includes the Interstate 270 technology corridor, a hotbed for high-tech and biotech companies that runs through Rockville and Gaithersburg, and traffic congestion plagues commuter routes and commercial centers throughout the 8th. In the western part of the district, officials struggle to preserve an agricultural heritage.

Government dominates the 8th, where federal agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, abound and where federal employees who work in Washington reside. County and state government also provide jobs in Rockville, the Montgomery County seat. The large contingent of highly educated professionals supports an economy that is bolstered by a wide array of big-name business interests, including Lockheed Martin and Marriott.

The district has a strong Democratic lean, helped by liberal Takoma Park and heavily black and Hispanic neighborhoods in western Prince George's County. The 8th has the highest percentage of Asians (13 percent) and Hispanics (20 percent) of any Maryland district -- population growth across Montgomery County since 2000 has had a particular impact on its minority communities, and white residents now account for less than half of the district's population. The district also has the state's highest median household income ($88,000) and percentage of residents with a college degree (55 percent).

Major Industry

Government, technology, service, retail

Military Bases

National Naval Medical Center, 3,175 military, 2,250 civilian (2009); Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, 2 military, 3,521 civilian (2011)


Rockville (pt.), 61,209; Bethesda (unincorporated), 60,858; Gaithersburg (pt.), 59,861; Wheaton (unincorporated), 48,284


Glen Echo Park has a working Dentzel Carousel in the menagerie style with an original Wurlitzer band organ, one of only 11 that still exist.




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