Colorado's 4th congressional district

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Colorado's 4th congressional district
Colorado's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Colorado's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Cory Gardner (RYuma)
Cook PVI R+12[1]

Colorado's 4th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Colorado. Located in the eastern part of the state, the district encompasses most of the rural Eastern Plains as well as the larger city of Greeley, Lamar, and Castle Rock along Colorado's Front Range in eastern Colorado. Interactive map of Colorado's 4th Congressional District.

The district is currently represented by Republican Cory Gardner, who defeated Democratic incumbent Betsy Markey in 2010.

History[edit]

1990s[edit]

Following the 1990 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 4th Congressional district consisted of Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Crowley, Elbert, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Larimer, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Otero, Phillips, Prowers, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld and Yuma counties, as well as portions of Adams, and Arapahoe counties.

2000s[edit]

Following the 2000 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 4th Congressional district consisted of Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Crowley, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Prowers, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld and Yuma counties, as well as portions of Boulder, and Otero counties.

Characteristics[edit]

This district consists mainly of the area of Colorado that is part of the Great Plains region of the United States. It is largely rural. The only large cities in the district are Greeley, Longmont and Castle Rock. Until the 2010s redistricting, Fort Collins was the largest city in the district.

Historically, the district has been friendly territory for congressional Republicans, though Marilyn Musgrave only narrowly won in 2004 and 2006 due to her Democratic opponents' strength in Fort Collins. Musgrave had to rely on strong performances in more conservative Greeley to hold onto her seat. In 2008, Musgrave lost reelection to Betsy Markey, the first Democrat to be elected by the 4th District since the early 1970s.

George W. Bush received 58% of the vote in this district in 2004. John McCain narrowly carried the district in 2008 with 50% of the vote.

Voting[edit]

Election results from presidential races[2]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Bush 57 - 37%
2004 President Bush 58 - 41%
2008 President McCain 50 - 49%
2012 President Romney 59 - 40%

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Term Duration Congress District Home Electoral history
District created March 4, 1915 Districts 3 and 4 were created
from the former at-large district
Edward T Taylor cph.3c25771.jpg Edward T. Taylor Democratic March 4, 1915 –
September 3, 1941
64th Glenwood Springs First elected in 1908 (At-large district)

Died
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
74th
75th
76th
77th
Vacant September 3, 1941 –
December 9, 1941
77th
Robert F. Rockwell Republican December 9, 1941 –
January 3, 1949
77th Paonia Won special election to finish remaining term

Won in the 1942 general election

Lost re-election
78th
79th
80th
Wayne N. Aspinall.jpg Wayne Aspinall Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1973
81st Palisade First elected in 1948

Lost party re-nomination
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
Jim Johnson Colorado.png Jim Johnson Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1981
93rd Fort Collins First elected in 1972

Retired
94th
95th
96th
HankBrown.jpg Hank Brown Republican January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1991
97th Greeley First elected in 1980

Retired to run for U.S. Senate
98th
99th
100th
101st
Wayne Allard, official photo portrait 2.jpg Wayne Allard Republican January 3, 1991 –
January 3, 1997
102nd Loveland First elected in 1990

Retired to run for U.S. Senate
103rd
104th
Bob Schaffer Head Shot.jpg Bob Schaffer Republican January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2003
105th Fort Collins First elected in 1996

Retired
106th
107th
Marilynmusgrave.jpg Marilyn Musgrave Republican January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2009
108th Fort Morgan First elected in 2002

Lost re-election
109th
110th
Rep Betsy Markey Portrait.JPG Betsy Markey Democratic January 3, 2009 –
January 3, 2011
111th Fort Collins Elected in 2008

Lost re-election
Cory Gardner.jpg Cory Gardner Republican January 3, 2011 –
Present
112th Yuma First elected in 2010
113th

Election results[edit]

191419161918192019221924192619281930193219341936193819401941 (Special)19421944194619481950195219541956195819601962196419661968197019721974197619781980198219841986198819901992199419961998200020022004200620082010

1914[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1914[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward T. Taylor (incumbent) 26,562 57.83%
Republican H.J. Baird 15,015 32.69%
Socialist George Kunkle 4,353 9.48%
Totals 45,930 100.0%
Democratic win (new seat)

1916[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1916[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward T. Taylor (incumbent) 30,926 65.78%
Republican H.J. Baird 13,397 28.49%
Socialist Emery D. Cox 2,695 5.73%
Totals 47,018 100.0%
Democratic hold

1918[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1918[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward T. Taylor (incumbent) 22,423 65.72%
Republican Straud M. Logan 11,695 34.28%
Totals 34,118 100.0%
Democratic hold

1920[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1920[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward T. Taylor (incumbent) 25,994 55.32%
Republican Merle D. Vincent 20,991 44.68%
Totals 46,985 100.0%
Democratic hold

1922[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1922[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward T. Taylor (incumbent) 30,331 64.26%
Republican Merle D. Vincent 16,870 35.74%
Totals 47,201 100.0%
Democratic hold

1924[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1924[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward T. Taylor (incumbent) 33,262 65.54%
Republican Webster S. Whinnery 17,486 34.46%
Totals 50,748 100.0%
Democratic hold

1926[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1926[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward T. Taylor (incumbent) 32,093 66.75%
Republican Webster S. Whinnery 15,990 33.25%
Totals 48,083 100.0%
Democratic hold

1928[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1928[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward T. Taylor (incumbent) 30,142 58.84%
Republican William P. Dale 21,089 41.16%
Totals 51,231 100.0%
Democratic hold

1930[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1930[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward T. Taylor (incumbent) 34,536 66.95%
Republican Webster S. Whinnery 17,051 33.05%
Totals 51,587 100.0%
Democratic hold

1932[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1932[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward T. Taylor (incumbent) 40,736 65.99%
Republican Richard C. Callen 20,993 34.01%
Totals 61,729 100.0%
Democratic hold

1934[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1934[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward T. Taylor (incumbent) 39,747 67.30%
Republican Harry McDevitt 17,234 29.18%
Veterans' Party Gustavis A. Billstrom 1,625 2.75%
Independent O.W. Daggett 457 0.77%
Totals 59,063 100.0%
Democratic hold

1936[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1936[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward T. Taylor (incumbent) 42,010 65.45%
Republican John S. Woody 22,175 34.55%
Totals 64,185 100.0%
Democratic hold

1938[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1938[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward T. Taylor (incumbent) 43,596 63.74%
Republican John S. Woody 24,805 36.26%
Totals 68,401 100.0%
Democratic hold

1940[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1940[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward T. Taylor (incumbent) 44,095 59.41%
Republican Paul W. Crawford 30,126 40.59%
Totals 74,221 100.0%
Democratic hold

1941 (Special)[edit]

Colorado's 4th congressional district special election, 1941[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert F. Rockwell 19,918 54.04%
Democratic Frank Delaney 16,941 45.96%
Totals 36,859 100.0%
Republican gain from Democratic

1942[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1942[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert F. Rockwell (incumbent) 28,460 58.75%
Democratic Elizabeth E. Pellet 19,979 41.25%
Totals 48,439 100.0%
Republican hold

1944[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1944[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert F. Rockwell (incumbent) 38,671 61.67%
Democratic John L. Heuschkel 24,039 38.33%
Totals 62,710 100.0%
Republican hold

1946[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1946[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert F. Rockwell (incumbent) 28,894 58.75%
Democratic Thomas Matthews 20,290 41.25%
Totals 49,184 100.0%
Republican hold

1948[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1948[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wayne Aspinall 34,695 51.86%
Republican Robert F. Rockwell (incumbent) 32,206 48.14%
Totals 66,901 100.0%
Democratic gain from Republican

1950[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1950[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wayne Aspinall (incumbent) 35,797 57.30%
Republican Jack Evans 26,674 42.70%
Totals 62,471 100.0%
Democratic hold

1952[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1952[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wayne Aspinall (incumbent) 39,676 50.02%
Republican Howard M. Shults 39,647 49.98%
Totals 79,323 100.0%
Democratic hold

1954[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1954[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wayne Aspinall (incumbent) 34,294 53.49%
Republican Charles E. Wilson 29,818 46.51%
Totals 64,112 100.0%
Democratic hold

1956[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1956[25]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wayne Aspinall (incumbent) 48,489 61.76%
Republican Hugh Caldwell 30,026 38.24%
Totals 78,515 100.0%
Democratic hold

1958[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1958[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wayne Aspinall (incumbent) 43,785 63.61%
Republican J.R. "Dick" Wells 25,048 36.39%
Totals 68,833 100.0%
Democratic hold

1960[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1960[27]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wayne Aspinall (incumbent) 58,731 68.54%
Republican Charles P. Casteel 26,960 31.46%
Totals 85,691 100.0%
Democratic hold

1962[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1962[28]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wayne Aspinall (incumbent) 42,462 58.65%
Republican Leo L. Sommerville 29,943 41.36%
Totals 72,405 100.0%
Democratic hold

1964[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1964[29]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wayne Aspinall (incumbent) 106,685 63.02%
Republican Edwin S. Lamm 62,617 36.98%
Totals 169,302 100.0%
Democratic hold

1966[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1966[30]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wayne Aspinall (incumbent) 84,107 58.61%
Republican James Paul Johnson 59,404 41.39%
Totals 143,511 100.0%
Democratic hold

1968[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1968[31]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wayne Aspinall (incumbent) 92,680 54.69%
Republican Fred E. Anderson 76,776 45.31%
Totals 169,456 100.0%
Democratic hold

1970[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1970[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Wayne Aspinall (incumbent) 76,244 55.08%
Republican Bill Gossard 62,169 44.92%
Totals 138,413 100.0%
Democratic hold

1972[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1972[33]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican James Paul Johnson 94,994 51.03%
Democratic Alan Merson 91,151 48.97%
Totals 186,145 100.0%
Republican gain from Democratic

1974[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1974[34]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican James Paul Johnson (incumbent) 82,982 52.05%
Democratic John Carroll 76,452 47.95%
Totals 159,434 100.0%
Republican hold

1976[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1976[35]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican James Paul Johnson (incumbent) 119,458 54.05%
Democratic Daniel Ogden 76,995 34.84%
Independent Dick Davis 20,398 9.23%
Independent Henry Thiel 4,167 1.89%
Totals 221,018 100.0%
Republican hold

1978[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1978[36]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican James Paul Johnson (incumbent) 103,121 61.18%
Democratic Morgan Smith 65,421 38.82%
Totals 168,542 100.0%
Republican hold

1980[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1980[37]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hank Brown 178,221 68.42%
Democratic Polly Baca 76,849 29.50%
Libertarian Cynthia Molson-Smith 5,421 2.08%
Totals 260,491 100.0%
Republican hold

1982[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1982[38]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hank Brown (incumbent) 105,550 69.76%
Democratic Charles "Bud" Bishopp 45,750 30.24%
Totals 151,300 100.0%
Republican hold

1984[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1984[39]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hank Brown (incumbent) 146,469 71.13%
Democratic Mary Fagan Bates 56,462 27.42%
Libertarian Randy Fitzgerald 2,999 1.45%
Totals 205,930 100.0%
Republican hold

1986[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1986[40]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hank Brown (incumbent) 117,089 69.80%
Democratic David Sprague 50,672 30.20%
Totals 167,761 100.0%
Republican hold

1988[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1988[41]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hank Brown (incumbent) 156,202 73.08%
Democratic Charles S. Vigil 57,552 26.92%
Totals 213,754 100.0%
Republican hold

1990[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1990[42]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Wayne Allard 89,285 54.05%
Democratic Richard R. "Dick" Bond 75,901 45.95%
Totals 165,186 100.0%
Republican hold

1992[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1992[43]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Wayne Allard (incumbent) 139,884 57.84%
Democratic Tom Redder 101,957 42.16%
Totals 241,841 100.0%
Republican hold

1994[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1994[44]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Wayne Allard (incumbent) 136,251 72.30%
Democratic Cathy Kipp 52,202 27.70%
Totals 188,453 100.0%
Republican hold

1996[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1996[45]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Schaffer 137,012 56.14%
Democratic Guy Kelley 92,837 38.04%
American Wesley Paul "Wes" McKinley 7,428 3.04%
Natural Law Cynthia Parker 6,790 2.78%
Totals 244,067 100.0%
Republican hold

1998[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1998[46]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Schaffer (incumbent) 131,318 59.34%
Democratic Susan Kirkpatrick 89,973 40.66%
Totals 221,291 100.0%
Republican hold

2000[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2000[47]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Schaffer (incumbent) 209,078 79.50%
Natural Law Dan Sewell Ward 19,721 7.50%
Libertarian Kordon L. Baker 19,713 7.50%
Constitution Leslie J. Hanks 9,955 3.77%
Write-in 4,539 1.73%
Totals 263,006 100.0%
Republican hold

2002[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2002[48]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Marilyn Musgrave 115,359 54.95%
Democratic Stan Matsunaka 87,499 41.68%
Libertarian John Volz 7,097 3.37%
Totals 209,955 100.0%
Republican hold

2004[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2004[49]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Marilyn Musgrave (incumbent) 155,958 51.05%
Democratic Stan Matsunaka 136,812 44.78%
Green Bob Kinsey 12,739 4.17%
Totals 305,509 100.0%
Republican hold

2006[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[50]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Marilyn Musgrave (incumbent) 109,732 45.61%
Democratic Angie Paccione 103,748 43.11%
Reform Eric Eidsness 27,133 11.28%
Totals 240,613 100.0%
Republican hold

2008[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2008[51]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Betsy Markey 187,348 56.20%
Republican Marilyn Musgrave (incumbent) 146,030 43.80%
Totals 333,378 100.0%
Democratic gain from Republican

2010[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2010[52]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Cory Gardner 138,634 52.48%
Democratic Betsy Markey (incumbent) 109,249 41.35%
Constitution Doug Aden 12,312 4.66%
No party Ken "Wasko" Waszkiewicz 3,986 1.51%
Totals 264,181 100.0%
Republican gain from Democratic

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 39°04′15″N 103°24′50″W / 39.07083°N 103.41389°W / 39.07083; -103.41389