IMG_6758In accordance with the Republican Party of Virginia’s Plan of Organization, each of Virginia’s congressional districts are to maintain official Republican Party organizations known as “congressional district committees.” The purpose of these committees is to facilitate district-wide operations of the Republican Party, such as nominating Republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, oversight of state legislative district committees within the jurisdiction of the district committee, as well as oversight and growth of the various local Republican organizations throughout the congressional district.

The current boundaries of Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District include portions or the whole of ten jurisdictions.

– Charles City County
– Hampton City (part)
– Henrico County (part)
– Newport News City (part)
– Norfolk City (part)
– Petersburg City
– Portsmouth City
– Prince George County (part)
– Richmond City (part)
– Surry County

For a comprehensive map of the current boundaries of Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District, please click here.

Furthermore, Wikipedia has a brief summary of the historical composition of Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District.

In 1788, the 3rd district consisted of most of modern Virginia, including the counties of Carroll, Floyd, Roanoke, Botetourt, Augusta, and Rockingham and points west.  It also included what is today Pendleton County, West Virginia and also about the southern third of West Virginia, which in 1788 was all Greenbrier County. This area that is today about 48 counties and 13 independent cities was in 1788 only nine counties.

“In the 1790 census this area had a population of 66,045.

“For the 1792 congressional elections the number of congressional districts in Virginia rose from 10 to 19. The only county that remained in the 3rd district was Pendleton County. Harrison, Randolph, Hardy, Hampshire, Monongalia and Ohio Counties, all now in West Virginia were also in the district. This was all of northern West Virginia except the far eastern panhandle area. The new district’s 1790 population was 30,145.

“The 1800 Census lead to another increase in Virginia’s congressional districts in 1802. The 3rd district was again moved, this time to what was then Frederick and Shenandoah Counties in Virginia, which besides those counties also included the modern counties of Clarke, Warren and part of Page. The new 3rd district had a population of 38,767 in 1800.

“The district’s current configuration dates to 1993, when the United States Department of Justice ordered Virginia to create a majority-minority district. At that time, portions of the old 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th districts were combined to create a new 3rd District. Some minor changes were made as a result of a 1997 federal court decision that the old 3rd was an unconstitutional racial gerrymander, but its boundaries have been largely unchanged since 1993.