Analysis of foreclosure data conducted in March 2012 for RealtyTrac’s Foreclosure News Report showed that eight out of 10 congressional districts with the highest total foreclosure activity in the nation during 2011 were represented by Republican lawmakers.
Nevada’s 3rd District, represented by freshman Congressman Joe Heck, led the nation with 31,838 foreclosure filings, a combined total of both pre-foreclosure filings (which often turn into short sales) and bank repossessions (REO). Rep. Trent Franks in Arizona’s 2nd District ranked third with 18,636 foreclosure filings, followed by fellow Republican Jeff Flake in Arizona’s 6th District, which reported 17,230 foreclosure filings for the year, fourth highest total nationally.
California took the next three spots starting with the state’s 45th District (represented by Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, former wife of the late Sonny Bono), with 16,007 foreclosure filings, the fifth highest total. The state’s 25th District represented by Rep. Buck McKeon was sixth highest with 15,660 foreclosure filings, while the 41st District represented by Rep. Jerry Lewis reported 14,446 foreclosure filings for the year, the seventh highest overall.
Ranking ninth in the nation’s top 10 was Georgia’s 7th District, where Rep. Robert Woodall represents the voters, with 13,934 foreclosure filings reported last year. In 10th place was Florida’s 14th District with 13,749 foreclosure filings. The district is represented by Rep. Connie Mack.
The two Democrat-represented districts in the top 10 were Nevada’s 1st District (represented by Rep. Shelley Berkley) which ranked second in the nation with 21,766 foreclosure filings. Ranking eighth was Georgia’s 13th District, with 14,339 foreclosure filings. Rep. David Scott represents the electorate there.
For the nation as a whole, Republican congressional districts held a slight edge in 2011 over Democratic districts for percentage of total properties with foreclosure filings, 56 percent to 44 percent.
In my next post I’ll look at the congressional districts with the highest foreclosure rates in 2011.