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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 (2017)716,547
Median income$69,178[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+9[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 County - Shelton (part) and Stratford.

New Haven County - Ansonia, 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 County - Durham, 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%

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%

List of members representing the districtEdit

Representative Party Years of Service Cong
ress(es)
Hometown Electoral history
 
Elisha Haley
Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
25th Groton Redistricted from the at-large seat
Thomas Wheeler Williams Whig March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1843
26th
27th
New London Retired.
George S. Catlin Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
28th Windham Retired.
John A. Rockwell Whig March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1849
29th
30th
Norwich Lost re-election.
 
Chauncey Fitch Cleveland
Democratic March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1853
31st
32nd
Norwich Retired.
Nathan Belcher Democratic March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
33rd New London Retired.
 
Sidney Dean
Know Nothing March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
34th Putnam [Data unknown/missing.]
Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
35th Retired.
Alfred A. Burnham Republican March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1863
36th
37th
Windham Retired.
 
Augustus Brandegee
Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1867
38th
39th
New London [Data unknown/missing.]
 
Henry H. Starkweather
Republican March 4, 1867 –
January 28, 1876
40th
41st
42nd
43rd
44th
Norwich Died.
Vacant January 28, 1876 –
April 12, 1876
 
John T. Wait
Republican April 12, 1876 –
March 3, 1887
44th
45th
46th
47th
48th
49th
Norwich Retired.
 
Charles Addison Russell
Republican March 4, 1887 –
October 23, 1902
50th
51st
52nd
53rd
54th
55th
56th
57th
Killingly Died.
Vacant October 23, 1902 –
November 4, 1902
 
Frank B. Brandegee
Republican November 4, 1902 –
May 10, 1905
57th
58th
59th
New London Resigned after being elected to the US Senate
Vacant May 10, 1905 –
October 2, 1905
 
Edwin W. Higgins
Republican October 2, 1905 –
March 3, 1913
59th
60th
61st
62nd
Norwich Retired.
 
Thomas L. Reilly
Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
63rd Meriden Re-districted from the 2nd District, Lost re-election.
 
John Q. Tilson
Republican March 4, 1915 –
December 3, 1932
64th
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
New Haven Resigned.
Vacant December 3, 1932 –
March 3, 1933
 
Francis T. Maloney
Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
73rd Meriden Retired to run for U.S. Senator
 
James A. Shanley
Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1943
74th
75th
76th
77th
New Haven Lost re-election.
Ranulf Compton Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1945
78th Madison Lost re-election.
James P. Geelan Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
79th Branford Lost re-election.
Ellsworth Foote Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1949
80th North Branford Lost re-election.
John A. McGuire Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1953
81st
82nd
Wallingford Lost re-election.
Albert W. Cretella Republican January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1959
83rd
84th
85th
North Haven Lost re-election.
 
Robert Giaimo
Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1981
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
North Haven Retired.
 
Lawrence J. DeNardis
Republican January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1983
97th Hamden Lost re-election.
 
Bruce Morrison
Democratic January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1991
98th
99th
100th
101st
Hamden Retired to run for Governor
 
Rosa DeLauro
Democratic January 3, 1991 –
Present
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
New Haven Elected in 1990.
 
The district from 2003 to 2013

Living former MembersEdit

As of August 2018, there is one former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut's 3rd congressional district who is currently living at this time.

Representative Term in office Date of birth (and age)
Bruce Morrison 1983–1991 (1944-10-08) October 8, 1944 (age 74)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=09&cd=03
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 30, 2012" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-09-23. Retrieved 2012-10-30.

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