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Pennsylvania - 14th District

Incumbent -- Mike Doyle (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 14th encompasses all of Pittsburgh and some of the suburbs just outside the city's limits. An economic transformation from "steel capital" into the region's banking and health care hub made for a great success story in an otherwise suffering Rust Belt, but the 14th district has shed more than 60,000 residents since 2000.

Medical centers and universities, parks, skyscrapers, and technology firms have replaced the steel industry's smokestacks that once rose between and along the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. A thriving, corporate downtown has grown up in the "Golden Triangle," where the three rivers meet -- four Fortune 500 companies maintain their corporate headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh. Baseball's Pirates, at PNC Park, and football's Steelers, at Heinz Field, both play in modern stadiums just across the Allegheny from downtown, where hockey's Penguins play in the new Consol Energy Center. Local officials have cleaned up, or "redd up" in Pittsburghese, the city, which for years had one of the lowest crime rates among the nation's largest metropolitan areas, but widespread layoffs concern officials and residents.

Areas such as Monroeville and Penn Hills (both shared with the 18th) have attracted commercial development and some technology jobs, while other areas have languished. Many of Pittsburgh's neighborhoods, such as Bloomfield and Lawrenceville, retain their ethnic roots -- mainly German, Italian, Irish and Polish. Squirrel Hill long has been the center of the city's Jewish population.

Even with the diversification of the 14th's economy, the district retains strong Democratic roots. Union strength translates into lopsided margins even for statewide candidates who lose, and Democrats far outnumber Republicans, whose regional outposts are in neighboring, suburban districts. Pittsburgh's staunch Democratic support helped Barack Obama take 70 percent of the 14th's vote in the 2008 presidential election.

Major Industry

Banking, government, health care, higher education

Cities

Pittsburgh, 305,704; West Mifflin, 20,313; McKeesport, 19,731

Notable

The Andy Warhol Museum celebrates Pittsburgh's native son.

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