Connecticut's 3rd congressional district

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Connecticut's 3rd congressional district
Current Representative Rosa DeLauro (DNew Haven)
Area 485 mi²
Distribution 96.6% urban, 3.4% rural
Population (2010) 714,819
Median income $49,752
Ethnicity 69.0% White, 12.4% Black, 3.9% Asian, 12.6% Hispanic, 0.2% Native American, 2.0% other
Cook PVI D+9

Connecticut's 3rd Congressional District is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Connecticut. Located in the central part of the state, the district includes the city of New Haven and its surrounding suburbs.

Principal cities include: Middletown, New Haven, and Stratford.

The district is currently represented by Democrat Rosa DeLauro.

Characteristics[edit]

The 3rd congressional district has existed since 1837, having been organized from the At-Large Congressional District. It is centered on the New Haven and its suburbs. The district comprises four-fifths of New Haven County, a small portion of Middlesex County, including most of Middletown and Stratford and a small section of Shelton in Fairfield County.

New Haven and its surrounding suburbs are largely Democratic, making the district very Democratic in local and federal elections. Among districts statewide, only the 1st Congressional District is considered more Democratic. Four Democratic strongholds, New Haven, Hamden, Middletown, and West Haven, comprise 40% of the total district population. Since 2000, Democratic presidential candidates have carried the district by a margin of 26 points. John Kerry, being the exception, still defeated George W. Bush by a comfortable 14 points. On the state level, moderate Republicans John G. Rowland and M. Jodi Rell have also carried the district.

Since 1933, Democrats have held the district for all but six terms (1943–45, 1947–49, 1953–59, 1981–83). Between 1972-1988, every Republican nominee for President carried the district, along with the state itself. In his sole run for a House seat, Joe Lieberman, lost the district to a Republican in 1980.

Towns in the District[edit]

Fairfield County - Shelton (part) and Stratford.

New Haven County - Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Branford, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Milford, Naugatuck, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Prospect, Seymour, Wallingford, Waterbury (part), West Haven, and Woodbridge.

Middlesex County - Durham, Middlefield, and Middletown (part).

Voter Registration[edit]

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 30, 2012[1]
Party Active Voters Inactive Voters Total Voters Percentage
  Democratic 145,529 10,801 156,330 37.50%
  Republican 65,324 3,352 68,676 16.47%
  Minor Parties 873 120 993 0.24%
  Unaffiliated 178,593 12,340 190,933 45.80%
Total 390,319 26,613 416,932 100%

Presidential elections[edit]

Average: Democratic (60.4%), Republican (37.01%), Third Party (2.59%)

Recent elections[edit]

US House election, 1994: Connecticut District 3
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 111,261 63.45
Republican Susan Johnson 53,110 30.29
A Connecticut Party Susan Johnson 10,984 6.26
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 175,355
US House election, 1996: Connecticut District 3
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 137,108 64.87 +1.43
Republican John Coppola 59,335 28.07 -2.22
A Connecticut Party Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 13,690 6.48 +0.22
Natural Law Gail Dalby 1,219 0.58 +0.58
Democratic hold Swing +8.19
Turnout 211,352
US House election, 1998: Connecticut District 3
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 109,726 71.32 +6.45
Republican Martin T. Reust 42,090 27.36 -0.71
Term Limits Kristen J. Abbatiello 739 0.48 +0.48
Reform David P. Cole 676 0.44 +0.44
Natural Law Gail Dalby 620 0.40 -0.18
Democratic hold Swing +0.36
Turnout 153,851
US House election, 2000: Connecticut District 3
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 156,910 71.91 +0.59
Republican June M. Gold 60,037 27.51 +0.15
Natural Law Gail Dalby 1,258 0.58 +0.18
Democratic hold Swing +0.37
Turnout 218,205
US House election, 2002: Connecticut District 3
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 121,557 65.58 -5.33
Republican Richard Elser 54,757 29.54 +2.03
Green Charles A. Pillsbury 9,050 4.88 +4.88
Democratic hold Swing -3.68
Turnout 185,364
US House election, 2006: Connecticut District 3
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 150,436 76.01 +3.57
Republican Joseph Vollano 44,386 22.43 -2.54
Green Daniel G. Sumrall 3,089 1.56 -1.03
Democratic hold Swing +3.06
Turnout 197,911

2008 Election[edit]

Connecticut 3rd Congressional District Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 204,761 68.86 -7.15
Republican Boaz Itshaky 58,583 19.70 -2.73
Working Families Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 25,411 8.55 +8.55
Green Ralph A. Ferrucci 8,613 2.90 +1.34
Democratic hold Swing +2.07
Turnout 297,368
US House election, 2004: Connecticut District 3
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 200,638 72.44 +6.86
Republican Richard Elser 69,160 24.97 -4.57
Green Ralph A. Ferrucci 7,182 2.59 -2.29
Democratic hold Swing +5.72
Turnout 276,980

2006 Election[edit]

Connecticut 3rd Congressional District Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 150,436 76.01 +3.57
Republican Joseph Vollano 44,386 22.43 -2.54
Green Daniel G. Sumrall 3,089 1.56 -1.03
Democratic hold Swing +3.06
Turnout 197,911

2010 Election[edit]

Connecticut 3rd Congressional District Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 134,544 60.97 -7.89
Republican Jerry Labriola, Jr. 74,107 33.58 +13.88
Working Families Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 9,021 4.09 -4.46
Green Charles A. Pillsbury 2,984 1.35 -1.55
Independent Boaz Itshaky (Write-In) 5 0.00
Democratic hold Swing -13.12
Turnout 220,661

2012 Election[edit]

Connecticut 3rd Congressional District Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 197,163 67.68 +6.71
Republican Wayne Winsley 73,726 25.31 -8.27
Working Families Rosa DeLauro (inc.) 20,410 7.01 +2.92
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 291,299

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years of Service Hometown Electoral history
No image.svg Elisha Haley Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
Groton Redistricted from the at-large seat
No image.svg Thomas Wheeler Williams Whig March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1843
New London Retired
No image.svg George S. Catlin Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
Windham Retired
No image.svg John A. Rockwell Whig March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1849
Norwich Lost re-election
No image.svg Chauncey Fitch Cleveland Democratic March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1853
Norwich Retired
No image.svg Nathan Belcher Democratic March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
New London Retired
SidneyDean.jpg Sidney Dean Know Nothing March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
Putnam
Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
Retired
No image.svg Alfred A. Burnham Republican March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1863
Windham Retired
Augustus Brandegee 3.jpg Augustus Brandegee Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1867
New London
HenryStarkweatherthumb.jpg Henry H. Starkweather Republican March 4, 1867 –
January 28, 1876
Norwich Died
Vacant January 28, 1876 –
April 12, 1876
JTWait.jpg John T. Wait Republican April 12, 1876 –
March 3, 1887
Norwich Retired
No image.svg Charles A. Russell Republican March 4, 1887 –
October 23, 1902
Killingly Died
Vacant October 23, 1902 –
November 4, 1902
Frank Bosworth Brandegee.jpg Frank B. Brandegee Republican November 4, 1902 –
May 10, 1905
New London Resigned after being elected to the US Senate
Vacant May 10, 1905 –
October 2, 1905
No image.svg Edwin W. Higgins Republican October 2, 1905 –
March 3, 1913
Norwich Retired
No image.svg Thomas L. Reilly Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
Meriden Re-districted from the 2nd District, Lost re-election
John Q Tilson.jpg John Q. Tilson Republican March 4, 1915 –
December 3, 1932
New Haven Resigned
Vacant December 3, 1932 –
March 4, 1933
FrancisMaloney.jpg Francis T. Maloney Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
Meriden Retired to run for U.S. Senate
No image.svg James A. Shanley Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1943
New Haven Lost re-election
No image.svg Ranulf Compton Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1945
Madison Lost re-election
James P. Geelan No image.svg Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
Branford Lost re-election
No image.svg Ellsworth Foote Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1949
North Branford Lost re-election
No image.svg John A. McGuire Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1953
Wallingford Lost re-election
No image.svg Albert W. Cretella Republican January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1959
North Haven Lost re-election
1979 p24 Robert Giaimo.jpg Robert N. Giaimo Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1981
North Haven Retired
LarryDeNardis2007 02.jpg Lawrence Joseph DeNardis Republican January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1983
Hamden Lost re-election
Bruce Morrison.jpg Bruce Morrison Democratic January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1991
Hamden Retired to run for Governor
Rosa DeLauro Portrait.jpg Rosa DeLauro Democratic January 3, 1991 –
Present
New Haven First elected in 1990
The district from 2003 to 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 30, 2012" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 2012-11-01. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 

Coordinates: 41°23′07″N 72°52′39″W / 41.38528°N 72.87750°W / 41.38528; -72.87750