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Connecticut's 4th congressional district

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 extends inland, toward Danbury and toward the Lower Naugatuck Valley.

Connecticut's 4th congressional district
Connecticut US Congressional District 4 (since 2013).tif
Connecticut's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Jim Himes
DCos Cob
Area539 sq mi (1,400 km2)
Distribution
  • 95.76% urban
  • 4.24% rural
Population (2017)716,549
Median income$94,547[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+7[2]

Principal cities include: Bridgeport, Norwalk, and Stamford.

The district is currently represented by Democrat Jim Himes.

Towns in the DistrictEdit

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 RegistrationEdit

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 30, 2012[3]
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%

Recent presidential electionsEdit

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Gore 55 - 41%
2004 President Kerry 52 - 46%
2008 President Obama 60 - 40%
2012 President Obama 55 - 44%
2016 President Clinton 60 - 37%

Recent electionsEdit

1987 election (special)Edit

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1987: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays 50,518 57%
Democratic Christine Niedermeier 37,293 42%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 87,811 100%

1988 electionEdit

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1988: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 147,843 72%
Democratic Roger J. Pearson 55,751 27%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 203,594 100%

1990 electionEdit

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1990: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 105,682 77%
Democratic Al Smith 32,352 23%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 138,034 100%

1992 electionEdit

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1992: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 147,816 67%
Democratic Dave Schropfer 58,666 27%
A Connecticut Party Al Smith 11,679 5%
Natural Law Ronald M. Fried 1,445 1%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 219,606 100%

1994 electionEdit

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1994: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 109,436 74%
Democratic Jonathan Kantrowitz 34,962 24%
Libertarian Irving Sussman 1,976 1%
Natural Law Terry M. Nevas 688 0.47%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 147,062 100%

1996 electionEdit

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1996: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 121,949 60%
Democratic William Finch 75,902 38%
Libertarian Edward H. Tonkin 2,815 1%
Natural Law Terry M. Nevas 1,046 1%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 201,712 100%

1998 electionEdit

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1998: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 94,767 69%
Democratic Jonathan Kantrowitz 40,988 28%
Libertarian Marshall C. Harrison 1,449 1%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 137,204 100%

2000 electionEdit

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2000: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 119,155 58%
Democratic Stephanie Sanchez 84,472 41%
Libertarian Daniel Gislao 2,034 1%
Independent Frank M. Don 1,097 0.53%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 206,758 100%

2002 electionEdit

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2002: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 113,197 64%
Democratic Stephanie Sanchez 62,491 36%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 175,688 100%

2004 electionEdit

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2004: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 149,891 52%
Democratic Diane Farrell 136,481 48%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 286,372 100%

2006 electionEdit

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2006: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 106,510 51%
Democratic Diane Farrell 99,450 48%
Libertarian Phil Maymin 3,058 1%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 209,018 100%

2008 electionEdit

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2008: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jim Himes 159,694 51%
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 147,356 47%
Libertarian Michael A. Carrano 2,036 1%
Green Richard Z. Duffee 1,377 0.44%
Turnout 310,463 100%
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

2010 electionEdit

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2010: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jim Himes (incumbent) 115,351 53%
Republican Daniel Debicella 102,030 47%
Turnout 217,381 100%
Democratic hold Swing

2012 electionEdit

Connecticut 4th Congressional District Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jim Himes (incumbent) 174,461 60%
Republican Steve Obsitnik 117,463 40%
Turnout 291,924 100%
Democratic hold Swing

2014 electionEdit

Connecticut 4th Congressional District Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jim Himes (incumbent) 106,873 54%
Republican Dan Debicella 91,922 46%
Turnout 198,800 100%
Democratic hold Swing

2016 electionEdit

Connecticut 4th Congressional District Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jim Himes (incumbent) 185,928 60%
Republican John Shaban 123,630 40%
Turnout 309,558 100%
Democratic hold Swing

2018 electionEdit

Connecticut 4th Congressional District Election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jim Himes (incumbent) 168,726 61%
Republican Harry Arora 106,921 38%
Turnout 275,651 100%
Democratic hold Swing

List of members representing the districtEdit

Member Hometown Party Years of Service Cong
ress(es)
Electoral history
Thomas T. Whittlesey Danbury Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
25th Redistricted from the at-large district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Thomas B. Osborne Fairfield Whig March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1843
26th
27th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
Samuel Simons Bridgeport Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
28th [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Truman Smith
Stamford Whig March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1849
29th
30th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
 
Thomas B. Butler
Norwalk Whig March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1851
31st [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Origen S. Seymour
Litchfield Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1855
32nd
33rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to become judge of the Connecticut Superior Court
William W. Welch Norfolk American March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
34th [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
William D. Bishop
Bridgeport Democratic March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
35th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Orris S. Ferry
Norwalk Republican nowrap | March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1861
36th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
George C. Woodruff
Litchfield Democratic March 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1863
37th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
John Henry Hubbard
Litchfield Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1867
38th
39th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
William Henry Barnum
Lime Rock Democratic March 4, 1867 –
May 18, 1876
40th
41st
42nd
43rd
44th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned when elected U.S. senator.
Vacant May 18, 1876 –
December 4, 1876
44th
 
Levi Warner
Norwalk Democratic December 4, 1876 –
March 3, 1879
44th
45th
Elected to finish Barnum's term.
Retired.
 
Frederick Miles
Salisbury Republican March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1883
46th
47th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Edward Woodruff Seymour
Litchfield Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1887
48th
49th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Miles T. Granger
North Canaan Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1889
50th [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Frederick Miles
Salisbury Republican March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
51st [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Robert E. De Forest
Bridgeport Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1895
52nd
53rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Ebenezer J. Hill
Norwalk Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1913
54th
55th
56th
57th
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Jeremiah Donovan
Norwalk Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
63rd [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Ebenezer J. Hill
Norwalk Republican March 4, 1915 –
September 27, 1917
64th
65th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant September 27, 1917 –
November 6, 1917
65th
 
Schuyler Merritt
Stamford Republican November 6, 1917 –
March 3, 1931
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
Elected to finish Hill's term.
Lost re-election.
William L. Tierney Greenwich Democratic March 4, 1931 –
March 3, 1933
72nd [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Schuyler Merritt
Stamford Republican March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1937
73rd
74th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Alfred N. Phillips
Stamford Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1939
75th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
Albert E. Austin Greenwich Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1941
76th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
Le Roy D. Downs Norwalk Democratic January 3, 1941 –
January 3, 1943
77th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Clare Boothe Luce
Greenwich Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1947
78th
79th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
John Davis Lodge
Westport Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1951
80th
81st
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for Governor of Connecticut.

Albert P. Morano
Greenwich Republican January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1959
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Donald J. Irwin
Norwalk Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1961
86th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Abner W. Sibal
Norwalk Republican January 3, 1961 –
January 3, 1965
87th
88th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Donald J. Irwin
Norwalk Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1969
89th
90th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Lowell Weicker
Greenwich Republican January 3, 1969 –
January 3, 1971
91st [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
 
Stewart McKinney
Fairfield Republican January 3, 1971 –
May 7, 1987
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant May 7, 1987 –
August 18, 1987
100th
 
Christopher Shays
Bridgeport Republican August 18, 1987 –
January 3, 2009
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
Elected to finish McKinney's term.
Lost re-election.
 
Jim Himes
Greenwich Democratic January 3, 2009 –
Present
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
Elected in 2008.

Living former MembersEdit

As of August 2015, there are two former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut's 4th congressional district who are currently alive. The most recent representative to die was Donald J. Irwin (served 1959–1961, 1965–1969) on July 7, 2013. The most recently serving representative to die was Stewart McKinney (served 1971–1987), who died in office on May 7, 1987.

Representative Term in office Date of birth (and age)
Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. 1969–1971 (1931-05-16) May 16, 1931 (age 88)
Chris Shays 1987–2009 (1945-10-18) October 18, 1945 (age 74)

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
2003 - 2013

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=09&cd=04
  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.
Bibliography

Coordinates: 41°11′49″N 73°23′19″W / 41.19694°N 73.38861°W / 41.19694; -73.38861