Connecticut's 4th congressional district

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Connecticut's 4th congressional district
Connecticut's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Connecticut's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Jim Himes (DCos Cob)
Area 539 mi²
Distribution 95.9% urban, 4.1% rural
Population (2010) 714,819
Median income $66,598
Ethnicity 64.8% White, 11.2% Black, 4.6% Asian, 17.4% Hispanic, 0.1% Native American, 1.9% other
Cook PVI D+5

Connecticut's 4th Congressional District is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Connecticut. Located in the southwestern part of the state, the district is largely suburban and extends from Bridgeport, the largest city in the state, to Greenwich. The district also moves inland toward Danbury and the Lower Naugatuck Valley.

Principal cities include: Bridgeport, Norwalk, and Stamford.

The district is currently represented by Democrat Jim Himes.

Towns in the District[edit]

The district includes the following towns:

Fairfield County - Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Shelton (part), Stamford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.

New Haven County - Oxford.

Voter Registration[edit]

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 30, 2012[1]
Party Active Inactive Total Percentage
  Democratic 141,355 9,427 150,782 36.17%
  Republican 98,663 5,106 103,769 24.89%
  Minor Parties 3,737 312 4,049 0.97%
  Unaffiliated 146,218 12,043 158,261 37.97%
Total 389,973 26,888 416,861 100.00%

Presidential Performance[edit]

2012 - Obama - 55.09%, Romney - 44.03%, Third Party - 0.88%
2008 - Obama - 59.70%, McCain - 39.64%, Third Party - 0.67%
2004 - Kerry - 52.39%, Bush - 46.28%, Third Party - 1.33%
2000 - Gore - 54.80%, Bush - 40.97%, Third Party - 4.23%

Performance Average - Democrat (55.50%), Republican (42.73%), Third Party (1.78%)

Recent elections[edit]

1992 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1992: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Christopher Shays 147,816 67.31
Democratic David Schropfer 58,666 26.71
A Connecticut Party Al Smith 11,679 5.32
Natural Law Ronald M. Fried 1,445 0.66
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 219,606

1994 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1994: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Christopher Shays 109,436 74.41 +7.10
Democratic Jonathan Kantrowitz 34,962 23.77 -2.94
Libertarian Irving Sussman 1,976 1.34 +1.34
Natural Law Terry M. Nevas 688 0.47 -0.19
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 147,062

1996 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1996: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Christopher Shays 121,949 60.46 -13.95
Democratic William Finch 75,902 37.63 +13.86
Libertarian Edward H. Tonkin 2,815 1.40 +0.06
Natural Law Terry M. Nevas 1,046 0.52 +0.05
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 201,712

1998 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1998: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Christopher Shays 94,767 69.07 +8.61
Democratic Jonathan Kantrowitz 40,988 27.87 -9.76
Libertarian Marshall C. Harrison 1,449 1.06 -0.34
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 137,204

2000 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2000: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Christopher Shays 119,155 57.63 -11.44
Democratic Stephanie Sanchez 84,472 40.86 +12.99
Libertarian Daniel Gislao 2,034 0.98 -0.08
Independent Frank M. Don 1,097 0.53 +0.53
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 206,758

2002 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2002: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Christopher Shays 113,197 64.43 +6.80
Democratic Stephanie Sanchez 62,491 35.57 -5.29
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 175,688

2004 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2004: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Christopher Shays 152,493 52.43 -12.00
Democratic Diane Farrell 138,333 47.57 +12.00
Republican hold Swing -12.00
Turnout 290,826

2006 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2006: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Christopher Shays 106,558 50.87 -1.56
Democratic Diane Farrell 99,913 47.70 +0.13
Libertarian Phil Maymin 2,998 1.73 +1.73
Republican hold Swing -0.85
Turnout 209,469

2008 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2008: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jim Himes 149,345 48.37 +0.67
Republican Christopher Shays 146,854 47.56 -3.31
Working Families Jim Himes 9,130 2.96 +2.96
Libertarian Michael A. Carrano 2,049 0.66 -1.07
Green Richard Z. Duffee 1,388 0.45 +0.45
Turnout 308,776
Democratic gain from Republican Swing +3.47

2010 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2010: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jim Himes 110,746 50.95 +2.58
Republican Daniel Debicella 102,030 46.94 -0.62
Working Families Jim Himes 4,605 2.12 -0.84
Turnout 217,381
Democratic hold Swing +1.18

2012 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th Congressional District Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jim Himes 167,320 57.02 +6.07
Republican Steve Obsitnik 117,503 40.04 -6.90
Working Families Jim Himes 8,609 2.93 +0.81
Turnout 293,432
Democratic hold Swing

List of Representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years of Service Hometown Electoral history
Thomas T. Whittlesey Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
Danbury Redistricted from the at-large district
Thomas B. Osborne Whig March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1843
Fairfield Retired
Samuel Simons Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
Bridgeport Retired
Truman Smith.jpg Truman Smith Whig March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1849
Stamford Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Thomas B. Butler.jpg Thomas B. Butler Whig March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1851
Norwalk Lost re-election
OrigenSeymour.jpg Origen S. Seymour Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1855
Litchfield Retired to become judge of the Connecticut Superior Court
William W. Welch American March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
Norfolk Retired
WilliamDBishop.jpg William D. Bishop Democratic March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
Bridgeport Lost re-election
Orris S. Ferry - Brady-Handy.jpg Orris S. Ferry Republican March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1861
Norwalk Lost re-election
GeorgeCWoodruff.jpg George C. Woodruff Democratic March 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1863
Litchfield Lost re-election
JohnHenryHubbard.jpg John Henry Hubbard Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1867
Litchfield Lost re-election
William Henry Barnum - Brady-Handy.jpg William Henry Barnum Democratic March 4, 1867 –
May 18, 1876
Lime Rock Resigned when elected to U.S. Senate
Vacant May 18, 1876 –
December 4, 1876
Levi Warner.jpg Levi Warner Democratic December 4, 1876 –
March 3, 1879
Norwalk Retired
Frederick Miles.jpg Frederick Miles Republican March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1883
Salisbury Retired
Edward Woodruff Seymour Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1887
Litchfield Retired
MilesTGranger.jpg Miles T. Granger Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1889
North Canaan Retired
Frederick Miles.jpg Frederick Miles Republican March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
Salisbury Lost re-election
RobertEDeForest.jpg Robert E. De Forest Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1895
Bridgeport Lost re-election
Ebenezer Hill.jpg Ebenezer J. Hill Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1913
Norwalk Lost re-election
JeremiahDonovan.jpg Jeremiah Donovan Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
Norwalk Lost re-election
Ebenezer Hill.jpg Ebenezer J. Hill Republican March 4, 1915 –
September 27, 1917
Norwalk Died
Vacant September 27, 1917 –
November 6, 1917
SchuylerMerritt.jpg Schuyler Merritt Republican November 6, 1917 –
March 3, 1931
Stamford Lost re-election
William L. Tierney Democratic March 4, 1931 –
March 3, 1933
Greenwich Lost re-election
SchuylerMerritt.jpg Schuyler Merritt Republican March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1937
Stamford Lost re-election
Alfred Noroton Phillips.jpg Alfred N. Phillips Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1939
Stamford Lost re-election
Albert E. Austin Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1941
Greenwich Lost re-election
Le Roy D. Downs Democratic January 3, 1941 –
January 3, 1943
Norwalk Lost re-election
Clare Boothe Luce (R–CT).jpg Clare Boothe Luce Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1947
Greenwich Retired
John Davis Lodge.jpg John Davis Lodge Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1951
Westport Retired to run for Governor
Albert P. Morano.jpg Albert P. Morano Republican January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1959
Greenwich Lost re-election
Donald J. Irwin.jpg Donald J. Irwin Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1961
Norwalk Lost re-election
Abner W. Sibal Republican January 3, 1961 –
January 3, 1965
Norwalk Lost re-election
Donald J. Irwin.jpg Donald J. Irwin Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1969
Norwalk Lost re-election
Lweicker.jpg Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. Republican January 3, 1969 –
January 3, 1971
Greenwich Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Stewart McKinney.jpg Stewart McKinney Republican January 3, 1971 –
May 7, 1987
Fairfield Died
Vacant May 7, 1987 –
August 18, 1987
Chris Shays official photo.jpg Christopher Shays Republican August 18, 1987 –
January 3, 2009
Bridgeport Lost re-election
Jim Himes Official.jpg Jim Himes Democratic January 3, 2009 –
Present
Greenwich First elected in 2008

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

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°11′49″N 73°23′19″W / 41.19694°N 73.38861°W / 41.19694; -73.38861