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Connecticut's 4th congressional district

Connecticut's 4th congressional district
Connecticut's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Connecticut's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Jim Himes (DCos Cob)
Area 539 mi²
Distribution 95.9% urban, 4.1% rural
Population (2010) 714,819
Median income $66,598
Ethnicity 64.8% White, 11.2% Black, 4.6% Asian, 17.4% Hispanic, 0.1% Native American, 1.9% other
Cook PVI D+5

Connecticut's 4th Congressional District is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Connecticut. Located in the southwestern part of the state, the district is largely suburban and extends from Bridgeport, the largest city in the state, to Greenwich. The district also moves inland toward Danbury and the Lower Naugatuck Valley.

Principal cities include: Bridgeport, Norwalk, and Stamford.

The district is currently represented by Democrat Jim Himes.

Contents

  • Towns in the District 1
    • Voter Registration 1.1
  • Presidential Performance 2
  • Recent elections 3
    • 1992 election 3.1
    • 1994 election 3.2
    • 1996 election 3.3
    • 1998 election 3.4
    • 2000 election 3.5
    • 2002 election 3.6
    • 2004 election 3.7
    • 2006 election 3.8
    • 2008 election 3.9
    • 2010 election 3.10
    • 2012 election 3.11
  • List of Representatives 4
  • Historical district boundaries 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7

Towns in the District

The district includes the following towns:

Fairfield County - Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Shelton (part), Stamford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.

New Haven County - Oxford.

Voter Registration

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 30, 2012[1]
Party Active Inactive Total Percentage
  Democratic 141,355 9,427 150,782 36.17%
  Republican 98,663 5,106 103,769 24.89%
  Minor Parties 3,737 312 4,049 0.97%
  Unaffiliated 146,218 12,043 158,261 37.97%
Total 389,973 26,888 416,861 100.00%

Presidential Performance

2012 - Obama - 55.09%, Romney - 44.03%, Third Party - 0.88%
2008 - Obama - 59.70%, McCain - 39.64%, Third Party - 0.67%
Bush - 46.28%, Third Party - 1.33%
Bush - 40.97%, Third Party - 4.23%

Performance Average - Democrat (55.50%), Republican (42.73%), Third Party (1.78%)

Recent elections

1992 election

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1992: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Christopher Shays 147,816 67.31
Democratic David Schropfer 58,666 26.71
A Connecticut Party Al Smith 11,679 5.32
Natural Law Ronald M. Fried 1,445 0.66
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 219,606

1994 election

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1994: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Christopher Shays 109,436 74.41 +7.10
Democratic Jonathan Kantrowitz 34,962 23.77 -2.94
Libertarian Irving Sussman 1,976 1.34 +1.34
Natural Law Terry M. Nevas 688 0.47 -0.19
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 147,062

1996 election

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1996: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Christopher Shays 121,949 60.46 -13.95
Democratic William Finch 75,902 37.63 +13.86
Libertarian Edward H. Tonkin 2,815 1.40 +0.06
Natural Law Terry M. Nevas 1,046 0.52 +0.05
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 201,712

1998 election

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1998: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Christopher Shays 94,767 69.07 +8.61
Democratic Jonathan Kantrowitz 40,988 27.87 -9.76
Libertarian Marshall C. Harrison 1,449 1.06 -0.34
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 137,204

2000 election

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2000: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Christopher Shays 119,155 57.63 -11.44
Democratic Stephanie Sanchez 84,472 40.86 +12.99
Libertarian Daniel Gislao 2,034 0.98 -0.08
Independent Frank M. Don 1,097 0.53 +0.53
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 206,758

2002 election

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2002: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Christopher Shays 113,197 64.43 +6.80
Democratic Stephanie Sanchez 62,491 35.57 -5.29
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 175,688

2004 election

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2004: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Christopher Shays 152,493 52.43 -12.00
Democratic Diane Farrell 138,333 47.57 +12.00
Republican hold Swing -12.00
Turnout 290,826

2006 election

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2006: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Christopher Shays 106,558 50.87 -1.56
Democratic Diane Farrell 99,913 47.70 +0.13
Libertarian Phil Maymin 2,998 1.73 +1.73
Republican hold Swing -0.85
Turnout 209,469

2008 election

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2008: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jim Himes 149,345 48.37 +0.67
Republican Christopher Shays 146,854 47.56 -3.31
Working Families Jim Himes 9,130 2.96 +2.96
Libertarian Michael A. Carrano 2,049 0.66 -1.07
Green Richard Z. Duffee 1,388 0.45 +0.45
Turnout 308,776
Democratic gain from Republican Swing +3.47

2010 election

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2010: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jim Himes 110,746 50.95 +2.58
Republican Daniel Debicella 102,030 46.94 -0.62
Working Families Jim Himes 4,605 2.12 -0.84
Turnout 217,381
Democratic hold Swing +1.18

2012 election

Connecticut 4th Congressional District Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jim Himes 167,320 57.02 +6.07
Republican Steve Obsitnik 117,503 40.04 -6.90
Working Families Jim Himes 8,609 2.93 +0.81
Turnout 293,432
Democratic hold Swing

List of Representatives

Representative Party Years of Service Hometown Electoral history
Thomas T. Whittlesey Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
Danbury Redistricted from the at-large district
Thomas B. Osborne Whig March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1843
Fairfield Retired
Samuel Simons Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
Bridgeport Retired
Truman Smith Whig March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1849
Stamford Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Thomas B. Butler Whig March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1851
Norwalk Lost re-election
Origen S. Seymour Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1855
Litchfield Retired to become judge of the Connecticut Superior Court
William W. Welch American March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
Norfolk Retired
William D. Bishop Democratic March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
Bridgeport Lost re-election
Orris S. Ferry Republican March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1861
Norwalk Lost re-election
George C. Woodruff Democratic March 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1863
Litchfield Lost re-election
John Henry Hubbard Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1867
Litchfield Lost re-election
William Henry Barnum Democratic March 4, 1867 –
May 18, 1876
Lime Rock Resigned when elected to U.S. Senate
Vacant May 18, 1876 –
December 4, 1876
Levi Warner Democratic December 4, 1876 –
March 3, 1879
Norwalk Retired
Frederick Miles Republican March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1883
Salisbury Retired
Edward Woodruff Seymour Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1887
Litchfield Retired
Miles T. Granger Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1889
North Canaan Retired
Frederick Miles Republican March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
Salisbury Lost re-election
Robert E. De Forest Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1895
Bridgeport Lost re-election
Ebenezer J. Hill Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1913
Norwalk Lost re-election
Jeremiah Donovan Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
Norwalk Lost re-election
Ebenezer J. Hill Republican March 4, 1915 –
September 27, 1917
Norwalk Died
Vacant September 27, 1917 –
November 6, 1917
Schuyler Merritt Republican November 6, 1917 –
March 3, 1931
Stamford Lost re-election
William L. Tierney Democratic March 4, 1931 –
March 3, 1933
Greenwich Lost re-election
Schuyler Merritt Republican March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1937
Stamford Lost re-election
Alfred N. Phillips Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1939
Stamford Lost re-election
Albert E. Austin Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1941
Greenwich Lost re-election
Le Roy D. Downs Democratic January 3, 1941 –
January 3, 1943
Norwalk Lost re-election
Clare Boothe Luce Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1947
Greenwich Retired
John Davis Lodge Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1951
Westport Retired to run for Governor
Albert P. Morano Republican January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1959
Greenwich Lost re-election
Donald J. Irwin Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1961
Norwalk Lost re-election
Abner W. Sibal Republican January 3, 1961 –
January 3, 1965
Norwalk Lost re-election
Donald J. Irwin Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1969
Norwalk Lost re-election
Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. Republican January 3, 1969 –
January 3, 1971
Greenwich Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Stewart McKinney Republican January 3, 1971 –
May 7, 1987
Fairfield Died
Vacant May 7, 1987 –
August 18, 1987
Christopher Shays Republican August 18, 1987 –
January 3, 2009
Bridgeport Lost re-election
Jim Himes Democratic January 3, 2009 –
Greenwich First elected in 2008

Historical district boundaries

2003 - 2013

See also

References

  1. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 30, 2012" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 2012-11-01. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present

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