Connecticut's 3rd congressional district

Connecticut's 3rd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Connecticut. Located in the central part of the state, the district includes the city of New Haven and its surrounding suburbs.

Connecticut's 3rd congressional district
Connecticut US Congressional District 3 (since 2013).tif
Connecticut's 3rd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Rosa DeLauro
DNew Haven
Area485 sq mi (1,260 km2)
Distribution
  • 96.7% urban
  • 3.3% rural
Population (2019)717,989
Median household
income
$70,574[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+8[2]

Principal cities include: Middletown, New Haven, and Stratford.

The district is currently represented by Democrat Rosa DeLauro.

CharacteristicsEdit

The 3rd congressional district has existed since 1837, having been organized from the at-large congressional district. It is centered on New Haven and its suburbs. The district comprises four-fifths of New Haven County, a small portion of Middlesex County, including most of Middletown and most of Stratford and a small section of Shelton in Fairfield County.

New Haven and its surrounding suburbs are largely Democratic, making the district very Democratic in local and federal elections. Among districts statewide, only the 1st congressional district is considered more Democratic. Four Democratic strongholds, New Haven, Hamden, Middletown, and West Haven, comprise 40% of the total district population. Since 2000, Democratic presidential candidates have carried the district by a margin of 26 points. John Kerry, being the exception, still defeated George W. Bush by a comfortable 14 points. On the state level, moderate Republicans John G. Rowland and M. Jodi Rell have also carried the district.

Since 1933, Democrats have held the district for all but six terms (1943–45, 1947–49, 1953–59, 1981–83). Between 1972-1988, every Republican nominee for President carried the district, along with the state itself. In his sole run for a House seat, Joe Lieberman, lost the district to a Republican in 1980.

Towns in the districtEdit

Fairfield CountyShelton (part) and Stratford.

New Haven CountyAnsonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Branford, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Milford, Naugatuck, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Prospect, Seymour, Wallingford, Waterbury (part), West Haven, and Woodbridge.

Middlesex CountyDurham, Middlefield, and Middletown (part).

Voter registrationEdit

Voter registration and party enrollment as of October 30, 2012[3]
Party Active Voters Inactive Voters Total Voters Percentage
Democratic 145,529 10,801 156,330 37.50%
Republican 65,324 3,352 68,676 16.47%
Minor Parties 873 120 993 0.24%
Unaffiliated 178,593 12,340 190,933 45.80%
Total 390,319 26,613 416,932 100%

Recent presidential electionsEdit

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Gore 60–34%
2004 President Kerry 56–42%
2008 President Obama 63–36%
2012 President Obama 63–36%
2016 President Clinton 56–40%
2020 President Biden 60–39%

Recent electionsEdit

1990 electionEdit

US House election, 1990: Connecticut District 3
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro 90,772 52%
Republican Tom Scott 83,440 48%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 174,212 100%

1992 electionEdit

US House election, 1992: Connecticut District 3
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 162,568 66%
Republican Tom Scott 84,952 34%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 247,520 100%

1994 electionEdit

US House election, 1994: Connecticut District 3
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 111,261 63%
Republican Susan Johnson 64,094 37%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 175,355 100%

1996 electionEdit

US House election, 1996: Connecticut District 3
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 150,798 71%
Republican John Coppola 59,335 28%
Natural Law Gail Dalby 1,219 1% +
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 211,352 100%

1998 electionEdit

US House election, 1998: Connecticut District 3
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 109,726 71%
Republican Martin Reust 42,090 27%
Term Limits Kristen Abbatiello 739 1%
Reform David Cole 676 1%
Natural Law Gail Dalby 620 0.40 -
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 153,851 100%

2000 electionEdit

US House election, 2000: Connecticut District 3
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 156,910 72%
Republican June Gold 60,037 28%
Natural Law Gail Dalby 1,258 0.58
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 218,205 100%

2002 electionEdit

US House election, 2002: Connecticut District 3
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 121,557 66%
Republican Richard Elser 54,757 30%
Green Charles Pillsbury 9,050 4%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 185,364 100%

2004 electionEdit

US House election, 2004: Connecticut District 3
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 200,638 72%
Republican Richard Elser 69,160 25%
Green Ralph Ferrucci 7,182 3%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 276,980 100%

2006 electionEdit

Connecticut 3rd Congressional District Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 150,436 76%
Republican Joseph Vollano 44,386 22%
Green Daniel Sumrall 3,089 2%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 197,911

2008 electionEdit

Connecticut 3rd Congressional District Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 228,022 77%
Republican Bo Itshaky 58,589 20%
Green Ralph Ferrucci 8,598 3%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 295,159 100%

2010 electionEdit

Connecticut 3rd Congressional District Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 143,565 65%
Republican Jerry Labriola Jr. 74,107 34%
Green Charles Pillsbury 2,984 1%
Independent Bo Itshaky (Write-In) 5 0%
Democratic hold Swing -13.12
Turnout 220,661 100%

2012 electionEdit

Connecticut 3rd Congressional District Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 217,573 75%
Republican Wayne Winsley 73,726 25%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 291,299 100%

2014 electionEdit

Connecticut 3rd Congressional District Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 140,485 67%
Republican James Brown 69,454 33%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 209,939 100%

2016 electionEdit

Connecticut 3rd Congressional District Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 208,900 69%
Republican Angel Cadena 95,370 31%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 304,270 100%

2018 electionEdit

Connecticut 3rd Congressional District Election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 174,572 64%
Republican Angel Cadena 95,667 35%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 270,239 100%

2020 electionEdit

Connecticut 3rd Congressional District Election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 203,265 58%
Republican Margaret Streicker 137,596 39%
Green Justin Paglino 5,240 1%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 346,101 100%

List of members representing the districtEdit

Member
(Residence)
Party Years of Service Cong
ress
Electoral history
 
Elisha Haley
(Groton)
Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
25th Redistricted from the at-large district and re-elected in 1837.
[data unknown/missing]
Thomas Wheeler Williams
(New London)
Whig March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1843
26th
27th
Elected in 1839.
Re-elected in 1840.
Retired.
George S. Catlin
(Windham)
Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
28th Elected in 1843.
Retired.
John A. Rockwell
(Norwich)
Whig March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1849
29th
30th
Elected in 1845.
Re-elected in 1847.
Lost re-election.
 
Chauncey Fitch Cleveland
(Norwich)
Democratic March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1853
31st
32nd
Elected in 1849.
Re-elected in 1851.
Retired.
Nathan Belcher
(New London)
Democratic March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
33rd Elected in 1853.
Retired.
 
Sidney Dean
(Putnam)
Know Nothing March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
34th
35th
Elected in 1855.
Re-elected in 1857.
Retired.
Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
Alfred A. Burnham
(Windham)
Republican March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1863
36th
37th
Elected in 1859.
Re-elected in 1861.
Retired.
 
Augustus Brandegee
(New London)
Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1867
38th
39th
Elected in 1863.
Re-elected in 1865.
 
Henry H. Starkweather
(Norwich)
Republican March 4, 1867 –
January 28, 1876
40th
41st
42nd
43rd
44th
Elected in 1867.
Re-elected in 1869.
Re-elected in 1871.
Re-elected in 1873.
Re-elected in 1875.
Died.
Vacant January 28, 1876 –
April 12, 1876
44th
 
John T. Wait
(Norwich)
Republican April 12, 1876 –
March 3, 1887
44th
45th
46th
47th
48th
49th
Elected to finish Starkweather's term.
Re-elected in 1876.
Re-elected in 1878.
Re-elected in 1880.
Re-elected in 1882.
Re-elected in 1884.
Retired.
 
Charles Addison Russell
(Killingly)
Republican March 4, 1887 –
October 23, 1902
50th
51st
52nd
53rd
54th
55th
56th
57th
Elected in 1886.
Re-elected in 1888.
Re-elected in 1890.
Re-elected in 1892.
Re-elected in 1894.
Re-elected in 1896.
Re-elected in 1898.
Re-elected in 1900.
Died.
Vacant October 23, 1902 –
November 4, 1902
57th
 
Frank B. Brandegee
(New London)
Republican November 4, 1902 –
May 10, 1905
57th
58th
59th
Elected to finish Russell's term.
Re-elected in 1902.
Re-elected in 1904.
Resigned when elected to the US Senate
Vacant May 10, 1905 –
October 2, 1905
59th
 
Edwin W. Higgins
(Norwich)
Republican October 2, 1905 –
March 3, 1913
59th
60th
61st
62nd
Elected to finish Brandegee's term.
Re-elected in 1906.
Re-elected in 1908.
Re-elected in 1910.
Retired.
 
Thomas L. Reilly
(Meriden)
Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
63rd Elected in 1912.
Lost re-election.
 
John Q. Tilson
(New Haven)
Republican March 4, 1915 –
December 3, 1932
64th
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
Elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
Re-elected in 1918.
Re-elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Re-elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928.
Re-elected in 1930.
Resigned.
Vacant December 3, 1932 –
March 3, 1933
72nd
 
Francis T. Maloney
(Meriden)
Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
73rd Elected in 1932.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
 
James A. Shanley
(New Haven)
Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1943
74th
75th
76th
77th
Elected in 1934.
Re-elected in 1936.
Re-elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Lost re-election.
Ranulf Compton
(Madison)
Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1945
78th Elected in 1942.
Lost re-election.
James P. Geelan
(Branford)
Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
79th Elected in 1944.
Lost re-election.
Ellsworth Foote
(North Branford)
Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1949
80th Elected in 1946.
Lost re-election.
John A. McGuire
(Wallingford)
Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1953
81st
82nd
Elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Lost re-election.
 
Albert W. Cretella
(North Haven)
Republican January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1959
83rd
84th
85th
Elected in 1952.
Re-elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Lost re-election.
 
Robert Giaimo
(North Haven)
Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1981
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
Elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Re-elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970.
Re-elected in 1972.
Re-elected in 1974.
Re-elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Retired.
 
Lawrence J. DeNardis
(Hamden)
Republican January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1983
97th Elected in 1980.
Lost re-election.
 
Bruce Morrison
(Hamden)
Democratic January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1991
98th
99th
100th
101st
Elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Retired to run for Governor of Connecticut.
 
Rosa DeLauro
(New Haven)
Democratic January 3, 1991 –
present
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
117th
Elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.
Re-elected in 2020.
 
The district from 2003 to 2013

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census Bureau. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov.
  2. ^ "Introducing the 2021 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index". The Cook Political Report. April 15, 2021. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  3. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 30, 2012" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 23, 2006. Retrieved October 30, 2012.

Coordinates: 41°23′07″N 72°52′39″W / 41.38528°N 72.87750°W / 41.38528; -72.87750