It took me a couple of years to come up with an accurate list of all of the people who have represented all or part of Lackawanna County in Congress since the county was formed in 1878, but here it is. It took a while because I wasn’t sure how redistricting affected the county after its formation, but I was finally able to figure that out. Based on state legislative directories, redistricting took place in 1873, before Lackawanna was carved out of Luzerne County, and not again until 1887, after the carving. They didn’t always do redistricting at census time back then. The district numbers changed over the years, Congress used to take office in the March after an election instead of January and there’s a couple of special elections in there, but it’s all here. Of course, I’m willing to be corrected if someone spots an error. If you want to find out more about your current and former representatives, go to the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present. You can put in the names and get a lot of cool information. I must also credit Congressional Quarterly’s Guide to U.S. Elections. It’s a book I found at an Albright Memorial Library book sale once. It has the results of almost every congressional election since the United States was formed and through 1994.

Lackawanna County congressmen since the county’s birth in 1878.

1878 election, 12th district: Hendrick B. Wright (D&G)
1880 election, 12th district: Joseph A. Scranton (R)
1882 election, 12th district: Daniel W. Connolly (D)
1884 election, 12th district: Joseph A. Scranton (R)
1886 election, 12th district: John Lynch (D)
1888 election, 11th district (first after 1887 redistricting): Joseph A. Scranton (R)
1890 election, 11th district: Lemuel Amerman (D)
1892 election, 11th district: Joseph A. Scranton (R)
1894 election, 11th district: Joseph A. Scranton (R)
1896 election, 11th district: William Connell (R)
1898 election, 11th district: William Connell (R)
1900 election, 11th district: William Connell (R)
1902 election, 10th district (first after 1901 redistricting): George Howell (A-Mach)
William Connell successfully contested Howell’s election and served from February 10, 1904, to March 3, 1905;
1904 election, 10th district: Thomas H. Dale (R)
1906 election, 10th district: Thomas D. Nicholls (D)
1908 election, 10th district: Thomas D. Nicholls (D)
1910 election, 10th district (first after 1909 redistricting): John R. Farr (R)
1912 election, 10th district: John R. Farr (R & Wash.)
1914 election, 10th district: John R. Farr (R & Wash.)
1916 election, 10th district: John R. Farr (R & Bull Moose)
1918 election, 10th district: Patrick D. McLane (D & F Play) (won in narrow election successfully challenged by John Farr, who served from Feb. 25 to March 3, 1921)
1920 election, 10th district: Charles R. Connell (R)
1922 election, 11th district (first election after redistricting): Laurence H. Watres (R & P)
1924 election, 11th district: Laurence H. Watres (R)
1926 election, 11th district: Laurence H. Watres (R)
1928 election, 11th district: Laurence H. Watres (R & P)
1930 election, 11th district: Patrick J. Boland (D & R)
1932 election, 11th district (first election after redistricting): Patrick J. Boland (D & R)
1934 election, 11th district: Patrick J. Boland (D & R)
1936 election, 11th district: Patrick J. Boland (D)
1938 election, 11th district: Patrick J. Boland (D)
1940 election, 11th district: Patrick J. Boland (D), died in office on May 18, 1942,
1942 special election, 11th district: Veronica G. Boland (D), elected Nov. 3, 1942 and served until Jan. 3, 1943
1942 election, 11th district: John W. Murphy (D)
1944 election, 10th district (first election after redistricting): John W. Murphy (D), resigned July 17, 1946, to become a federal judge
1946 election, 10th district: James P. Scoblick (R)
1946 special election, 10th district: James P. Scoblick (R), elected Nov. 5, 1946, to serve out term of John W. Murphy
1948 election, 10th district: Harry P. O’Neill (D)
1950 election, 10th district: Harry P. O’Neill (D)
1952 election, 10th district (first election after redistricting): Joseph L. Carrigg (R)
1954 election, 10th district: Joseph L. Carrigg (R)
1956 election, 10th district: Joseph L. Carrigg (R)
1958 election, 10th district: Stanley A. Prokop (D)
1960 election, 10th district: William W. Scranton (R)
1962 election, 10th district (first election after redistricting): Joseph M. McDade (R)
1964 election, 10th district: Joseph M. McDade (R)
1966 election, 10th district: Joseph M. McDade (R)
1968 election, 10th district: Joseph M. McDade (R)
1970 election, 10th district: Joseph M. McDade (R)
1972 election, 10th district: Joseph M. McDade (R)
1974 election, 10th district: Joseph M. McDade (R)
1976 election, 10th district: Joseph M. McDade (R)
1978 election, 10th district: Joseph M. McDade (R)
1980 election, 10th district: Joseph M. McDade (R)
1982 election, 10th district: Joseph M. McDade (R)
1984 election, 10th district: Joseph M. McDade (R)
1986 election, 10th district: Joseph M. McDade (R)
1988 election, 10th district: Joseph M. McDade (R)
1990 election, 10th district: Joseph M. McDade (R)
1992 election, 10th district: Joseph M. McDade (R)
1994 election, 10th district: Joseph M. McDade (R)
1996 election, 10th district: Joseph M. McDade (R)
1998 election, 10th district: Don Sherwood (R)
2000 election, 10th district: Don Sherwood (R)
2002 election, 10th district (first election after redistricting and first time Lackawanna County isn’t in just one congressional district): Don Sherwood (R)
11th district: Paul E. Kanjorski (D)
2004 election, 10th district: Don Sherwood (R)
11th district: Paul E. Kanjorski (D)
2006 election, 10th district: Chris Carney (D)
11th district: Paul E. Kanjorski (D)
2008 election, 10th district: Chris Carney (D)
11th district: Paul E. Kanjorski (D)
2010 election, 10th district: Thomas Marino (R)
11th district: Louis Barletta (D)
2012 election, 10th district (first election after redistricting and first with 17th district in the county): Thomas Marino (R)
17th district: Matthew A. Cartwright (D)
2014 election, 10th district: Thomas Marino (D)
17th district: Matthew A. Cartwright (D)