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Utah's 4th congressional district is a congressional district created by the state legislature as a result of reapportionment by Congress after the 2010 Census showed population increases in the state relative to other states.[4] Prior to 2010 reapportionment, Utah had three congressional districts.[4]

Utah's 4th congressional district
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Utah's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
  Ben McAdams
DSalt Lake City
  • 96.09% urban
  • 3.91% rural
Population (2010)745,786 [1]
Median income$72,937[2]
Cook PVIR+13[3]

Some 85 percent of the new district is concentrated in Salt Lake County and it includes a portion of Salt Lake City, which is shared with the 2nd and 3rd districts; it also includes parts of Utah, Juab, and Sanpete counties.[5][6][7][8] Candidates first appeared on the 2012 ballot.

As a result of redistricting, the 2012 party candidates included Democratic U.S. Congressman Jim Matheson, who had previously represented Utah's 2nd congressional district 2001–2013. The Republican nominee was Mia Love, mayor of Saratoga Springs and running for Congress for the first time. She is American-born and the daughter of Haitian immigrants. She won the Republican nomination in 2012 over two state representatives, Stephen Sandstrom and Carl Wimmer, at the Republican state convention.

Democratic candidate Matheson narrowly won the election against Love on November 6, 2012, and represented Utah's 4th Congressional District until January 2015.[9] He decided not to seek re-election.[10]In 2014, Mia Love ran again for the seat and won in the general election, defeating Democratic candidate Doug Owens. She is the first Haitian American and the first black female Republican elected to Congress, and the first black woman elected to Congress from Utah.

In the 2018 elections Love ran for a third term, narrowly losing to Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. As a result of McAdams' election, the 4th became the most Republican district in the country to be represented by a Democrat.


Recent election results from statewide racesEdit

Source: "Presidential Election Results, by district" – via

Year Office Result
2012 President Romney 68 - 30%
2016 President Trump 39 - 32%

List of members representing the districtEdit

Representative Party Years Congress District Home Electoral history
District created January 3, 2013
Jim Matheson
Democratic January 3, 2013 –
January 3, 2015
113th Salt Lake City Redistricted from the 2nd district and re-elected in 2012.

Mia Love
Republican January 3, 2015 –
January 3, 2019
Saratoga Springs Elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.

Lost re-election.
Ben McAdams
Democratic January 3, 2019 –
116th Salt Lake City Elected in 2018.

Election resultsEdit


2012 election results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Matheson (incumbent) 119,803 48.84
Republican Mia Love 119,035 48.53
Libertarian Jim L. Vein 6,439 2.63
Total votes 245,277 100.0
Democratic hold


2014 election results [12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mia Love 64,390 50.04
Democratic Doug Owens 60,165 46.75
Libertarian Jim L. Vein 1,154 0.90
Total votes 125,709 97.7
Republican gain from Democratic


2016 election results [13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mia Love 147,597 53.76
Democratic Doug Owens 113,413 41.30
Constitution Collin R. Simonsen 13,559 4.94
Total votes 274,569 100.0
Republican hold


2018 election results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben McAdams 134,964 50.13
Republican Mia Love (incumbent) 134,270 49.87
Independent Jonathan Larele Peterson (write-in) 37 0.0
Total votes 269,271 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican


  1. ^ "My congressional district". Bureau of Census.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Census 2010 shows Red states gaining congressional districts". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  5. ^ "District Map of Congressional Voting Districts for Utah". Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  6. ^ Gehrke, Robert (December 15, 2011). "Matheson will run in newly created 4th District". The Salt Lake Tribune.
  7. ^ Gehrke, Robert (November 20, 2012). "Matheson holds on to win by whisker, but Utah GOP questions results". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  8. ^ "2012 General Election Canvass Report". Election Results 2012. Utah Lieutenant Governor's Office. November 2012. p. 4. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  9. ^ Reilly, Mollie (November 7, 2012). "Election Results". Huffington Post. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  10. ^ Livingston, Abby (December 17, 2013). "Democrat Jim Matheson Announces Retirement". Roll Call.
  11. ^ 2012 Preliminary Election Results, Clerk of the House
  12. ^ "Preliminary Election Results, 2014, State of Utah
  13. ^ [1], State of Utah

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