California's 4th State Senate district

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California's 4th State Senate district
Map of the district
Current senator Jim Nielsen (RGerber)
Registration 44.02% Republican
Demographics 77.1% White
1.5% Black
12.8% Latino
4.1% Asian
California's 4th State Senate district
Map of the district
Current senator Vacant
Registration 39.93% Republican
Demographics 65.92% White
3.78% Black
19.73% Latino
6.98% Asian
2.18% Native American
0.46% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
0.24% other
0.70% remainder of multiracial
Population (2010)
 • Voting age
 • Citizen voting age
Registered voters 461,832

California's 4th State Senate district is one of 40 California State Senate districts. It is currently represented by Republican Jim Nielsen of Gerber.

District profile[edit]

The 4th District covers a vast and predominantly rural region that includes 12 counties: Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, part of Nevada, part of Placer, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yuba counties.

The places in Nevada County that are in the district include Grass Valley and Nevada City, and the CDPs of Alta Sierra, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, and Penn Valley; in Placer County, the cities of Lincoln, Loomis, and Rocklin.

The district includes the northern coast of the state, the region along the California-Oregon state line, the central portion of Northern California, and the region just north of the greater Sacramento area.

The district contains natural assets including agriculture, water, and forestry.

2011 redistricting[edit]

After redistricting in 2011 by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, the new district encompasses the Sacramento Valley, reaching almost to the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta. The district mainly comprises rural farmland, but most of the population is clustered in the Sacramento metropolitan area in the southern tip of the district. The new district lines will take effect in the 2014 election.

Election results from statewide races[edit]

Election results from statewide races
Year Office Results
2002 Governor Simon 57.6 - 21.5%
2000 President Bush 53.0 - 42.0%
Senator Feinstein 47.3 - 44.8%
1998 Governor Davis 51.8 - 44.6%
Senator Fong 56.3 - 39.5%
1996 President Dole 45.1 - 43.4%
1994 Governor Wilson 60.6 - 33.8%
Senator Huffington 52.7 - 38.4%
1992 President Clinton 40.1 - 35.9%
Senator Herschensohn 47.4 - 41.1%
Senator Feinstein 48.1 - 42.6%

List of senators[edit]

Due to redistricting, the 4th district has been moved around different parts of the state.

Senator Party Dates Residence Notes
W. A. Shippee Republican
R. A. Redman Democratic
Philip A. Roach Democratic
Dr. Chester Rowell Republican
Thomas Fowler Democratic
Sherman Day Democratic
Jacob Grewell Whig
Selim E. Woodworth Independent
Albert F. Jones Democratic
Samuel B. Bell Republican
Charles L. Pond Republican
Augustus L. Rhodes Republican
Wanton Allen Shippee Republican
Patrick Reddy Democratic
George E. Gardner Democratic
John Bunyan Sanford Democratic 1902–1906
C. M. Hammond Republican 1906–1910
John Bunyan Sanford Democratic 1910–1914
Claude F. Purkitt Democratic 1914–1922
Fred C. Handy Republican 1922–1930
R. R. Ingels Republican 1930–1934
George Milton Biggar Republican 1934–1946
Burt W. Busch Republican 1946–1954
James E. Busch Republican 1954–1958
Waverly Jack Slattery Democratic 1958–1962
Frank S. Petersen Democratic 1962–1966
John F. McCarthy Republican 1966–1970
Peter H. Behr Republican 1970–1974
John F. Dunlap Democratic 1974–1978
Jim Nielsen Republican 1978–1990 Gerber
Mike Thompson Democratic 1990–1993
Maurice Johannessen Republican 1993–2002
Sam Aanestad Republican 2002–2010
Doug LaMalfa Republican 2010–2012
Jim Nielsen Republican 2013–present Gerber

Election results[edit]

199419982002200620102013 (special)

2013 (special)[edit]

California's 4th State Senate district special election, 2013
Vacancy resulting from the resignation of Doug LaMalfa
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Nielsen 188,207 49.8%
Democratic Michael "Mickey" Harrington 104,572 27.7%
Republican Dan Logue 43,303 11.5%
No party preference Jann Reed 24,966 6.6%
No party preference Dan Levine 9,882 2.6%
No party preference Benjamin "Ben" Emery 7,146 1.9%
Totals 378,076 100.0%
General election
Republican Jim Nielsen 97,849 66.6%
Democratic Michael "Mickey" Harrington 49,004 33.4%
Totals 146,853 100.0%
Republican hold


California State Senate elections, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug LaMalfa 226,239 68.3%
Democratic Lathe Gill 105,460 31.7%
Totals 331,699 100.0%
Republican hold


California State Senate elections, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Sam Aanestad (incumbent) 161,516 61.0%
Democratic Paul R. Singh 87,926 33.1%
Libertarian Tony Munroe 8,246 3.1%
Green Robert Wells Vizzard 7,456 2.8%
Totals 265,144 100.0%
Republican hold


California State Senate elections, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Sam Aanestad 148,023 58.1%
Democratic Marianne Smith 92,786 36.3%
Libertarian Robert H. Underwood 14,325 5.6%
Totals 255,134 100.0%
Republican hold


California State Senate elections, 1998
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Maurice Johannessen (incumbent) 135,528 56.7%
Democratic Mark Desio 103,620 43.3%
Totals 239,148 100.0%
Republican hold


California State Senate elections, 1994
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Maurice Johannessen (incumbent) 133,101 54.4%
Democratic Michael H. McGowan 111,667 45.6%
Totals 244,768 100.0%
Republican hold

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