California's 47th congressional district

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For the episode of The West Wing, see The California 47th.
California's 47th congressional district
California's 47th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
California's 47th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Alan Lowenthal (DLong Beach)
Ethnicity 34.1% White, 7.3% Black, 21.4% Asian, 34.1% Hispanic, 3.1[1]% other
Cook PVI D+8

California's 47th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of California. The district is centered in Long Beach and extends into the western Orange County cities of Garden Grove, Los Alamitos and Cypress. The 47th District encompasses conservative cities in Orange County, but its larger, more liberal Long Beach population causes this district to tilt Democratic overall. The district is represented by Democrat Alan Lowenthal.

Characteristics[edit]

The 47th Congressional District is one of the few districts in California that does not have an overwhelming majority of voters favoring one party. It is the only congressional district in Orange County where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans, albeit minimally.

Voting[edit]

Election results from statewide races
Year Office Results
2010 Governor[2] Brown 54.4 - 37.8%
Senator[3] Boxer 55.7 - 37.0%
2008 President[4] Obama 60.1 - 37.8%
2006 Governor[5] Schwarzenegger 53.6 - 40.3%
Senator[6] Feinstein 59.5 - 33.8%
2004 President[7] Bush 50.0 - 48.6%
Senator[8] Boxer 57.5 - 35.4%
2003 Recall[9][10] Yes 61.7 - 38.3%
Schwarzenegger 48.9 - 31.1%
2002 Governor[11] Davis 50.8 - 40.3%
2000 President[12] Bush 57.5 - 38.8%
Senator[13] Campbell 52.2 - 41.2%
1998 Governor
Senator
1996 President
1994 Governor
Senator
1992 President Bush 45.9 - 31.0%
Senator Herschensohn 58.7 - 33.7%
Senator Seymour 52.3 - 39.9%

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Dates Notes Counties
District created January 3, 1993
ChrisCox.jpg Christopher Cox Republican January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2003 Redistricted from the 40th district

Redistricted to the 48th district
South-central Orange
Loretta Sanchez official photo.jpg Loretta Sanchez Democratic January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2013 Redistricted from the 46th district

Redistricted to the 46th district
Central Orange (Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana)
Alan Lowenthal 113th Congress Portrait.jpeg Alan Lowenthal Democratic January 3, 2013 – present Orange and Los Angeles (Long Beach)

Election results[edit]

1992[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1992[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris Cox (incumbent) 165,004 64.9%
Democratic John F. Anwiler 76,924 30.3%
Peace and Freedom Maxine Bell Quirk 12,297 4.8%
No party Charles (write-in) 32 0.0%
Totals 244,257 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1994[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1994[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris Cox (incumbent) 154,071 71.66%
Democratic Gary Kingsbury 53,669 24.96%
Libertarian Victor A. Wagner, Jr. 7,257 3.38%
Totals 214,997 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1996[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1996[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris Cox (incumbent) 160,078 65.7%
Democratic Tina Laine 70,362 28.9%
Natural Law Iris Adam 6,573 2.8%
Libertarian Victor Wagner 6,530 2.6%
Totals 243,777 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1998[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1998[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris Cox (incumbent) 132,711 67.60%
Democratic Christina Avalos 57,938 29.51%
Libertarian Victor A. Wagner, Jr. 2,991 1.52%
Reform Raymond O. Mills 1,369 0.70%
Natural Law Paul Fisher 1,307 0.67%
Totals 196,316 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2000[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2000[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris Cox (incumbent) 181,365 65.7%
Democratic John Graham 83,186 30.1%
Libertarian David F. Nolan 8,081 2.9%
Natural Law Iris Adam 3,769 1.3%
Totals 276,401 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2002[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2002[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Loretta Sanchez (incumbent) 42,501 60.6%
Republican Lawrence R. Wiesner 24,346 34.7%
Libertarian Paul Marsden 2,944 4.2%
No party Kenneth M. Valenzuela-Fisher (write-in) 382 0.5%
No party Michael J. Monge (write-in) 5 0.0%
Totals 70,178 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2004[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2004[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Loretta Sanchez (incumbent) 65,684 60.4%
Republican Alexandria A. "Alex" Coronado 43,099 39.6%
Totals 108,783 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2006[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Loretta Sanchez (incumbent) 47,134 62.4%
Republican Tan D. Nguyen 28,485 37.6%
Totals 75,619 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2008[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2008[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Loretta Sanchez (incumbent) 85,878 69.49%
Republican Rosemarie "Rosie" Avila 31,432 25.43%
American Independent Robert Lauten 6,274 5.08%
Totals 123,584 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2010[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2010[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Loretta Sanchez (incumbent) 50,832 52.98%
Republican Van Tran 37,679 39.27%
Independent Cecilia Igleseis 7,443 7.75%
Totals 95,954 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2012[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2012[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Alan Lowenthal 130,093 56.6%
Republican Gary DeLong 99,919 43.4%
Totals 230,012 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

In popular culture[edit]

California's 47th congressional district was the scene of a congressional election (won by a deceased Democratic challenger), and later a congressional special election (won by the Republican incumbent), featured in several episodes of the political drama The West Wing. However, in that context, several Orange County place names were referenced that are not within the current boundaries of the district, such as the city of Newport Beach. Many of these places are currently located in the 46th and 48th districts.

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°46′59″N 117°53′57″W / 33.783024°N 117.899206°W / 33.783024; -117.899206