Kentucky's 4th congressional district

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Kentucky's 4th congressional district
Current Representative Thomas Massie (RGarrison)
Distribution 59.79% urban, 40.21% rural
Population (2000) 673,588
Median income $40,150
Ethnicity 95.8% White, 2.3% Black, 0.5% Asian, 1.1% Hispanic, 0.2% Native American, 0.0% other
Cook PVI R+15[1]

Kentucky's 4th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Kentucky. Located in Northern Kentucky, it is a long district that follows the Ohio River. The majority of voters live in the booming suburban Cincinnati counties of Boone, Kenton and Campbell, which includes such suburbs as Fort Mitchell, Covington, Florence, Newport, and Fort Thomas.

The district is currently represented by Republican Thomas Massie, who was elected in a special election in 2012 to succeed Republican Geoff Davis, who resigned on July 31, 2012 citing family concerns.

The district from 2003 to 2013

Characteristics[edit]

As is the case in many Southern states, Kentucky's 4th Congressional District has transitioned to supporting Republicans in the last decade, but Democrats still hold state and local offices in rural counties.

As of November 7, 2006, there was a total of 476,480 registered voters. Of these, 250,986 (52.67%) identified as Democrats, 184,705 (38.76%) identified as Republicans, and 40,789 (8.56%) identified as "Others."

As of September 2013, there were 529,548 registered voters: 245,211 (46.30%) Democrats, 229,731 (43.38%) Republicans, and 54,606 (10.31%) "Others". All of the "Others" included 38,561 (7.28%) unclassified Others, 14,931 (2.82%) Independents, 841 (0.16%) Libertarians, 185 (0.03%) Greens, 51 (0.01%) Constitutionalists, 24 (0.0045%) Reforms, and 13 (0.0025%) Socialist Workers.[2][3]

Until January 1, 2006, Kentucky did not track party affiliation for registered voters who were neither Democratic nor Republican.[4] The Kentucky voter registration card does not explicitly list anything other than Democratic Party, Republican Party, or Other, with the "Other" option having a blank line and no instructions on how to register as something else.[5]

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years District Residence Note
District created March 4, 1803
Thomas Sandford Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 - March 3, 1807
Richard M. Johnson Democratic-Republican March 4, 1807 - March 3, 1813 Redistricted to the 3rd district
Joseph Desha Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 - March 3, 1819 Redistricted from the 6th district
Thomas Metcalfe Democratic-Republican March 4, 1819 - March 3, 1823 Redistricted to the 2nd district
Robert P. Letcher Adams-Clay D-R March 3, 1823 - March 3, 1825
Adams March 4, 1825 - March 3, 1829
Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1829 - March 3, 1833
Martin Beaty Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1833 - March 3, 1835
Sherrod Williams Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1835 - March 3, 1837
Whig March 4, 1837 - March 3, 1841
Bryan Owsley Whig March 4, 1841 - March 3, 1843
George Caldwell Democratic March 4, 1843 - March 3, 1845
Joshua F. Bell Whig March 4, 1845 - March 3, 1847
Aylette Buckner Whig March 4, 1847 - March 3, 1849
George Caldwell Democratic March 4, 1849 - March 3, 1851
William T. Ward Whig March 4, 1851 - March 3, 1853
James Chrisman Democratic March 4, 1853 - March 3, 1855
Albert G. Talbott Democratic March 4, 1855 - March 3, 1859
William C. Anderson Opposition March 4, 1859 - March 3, 1861
Aaron Harding Unionist March 4, 1861 - March 3, 1865
Democratic March 4, 1865 - March 3, 1867
J. Proctor Knott Democratic March 4, 1867 - March 3, 1871
William B. Read Democratic March 4, 1871 - March 3, 1875
J. Proctor Knott Democratic March 4, 1875 - March 3, 1883
Thomas A. Robertson Democratic March 4, 1883 - March 3, 1887
Alexander B. Montgomery Democratic March 4, 1887 - March 3, 1895
John W. Lewis Republican March 4, 1895 - March 3, 1897
David H. Smith Democratic March 4, 1897 - March 3, 1907
Ben Johnson Democratic March 4, 1907 - March 3, 1927
Henry D. Moorman Democratic March 4, 1927 - March 3, 1929
John D. Craddock Republican March 4, 1929 - March 3, 1931
Cap R. Carden Democratic March 4, 1931 - March 3, 1933 Redistricted to the At-large district
District redistricted to At-large district March 4, 1933
District re-established January 3, 1935 from At-large district
Virgil Chapman Democratic January 3, 1935 - January 3, 1937 Redistricted from the At-large district, Redistricted to the 6th district
Edward W. Creal Democratic January 3, 1937 - October 13, 1943 Redistricted from the 2nd district, Died
Chester Carrier Republican November 30, 1943 - January 3, 1945
Frank Chelf Democratic January 3, 1945 - January 3, 1967
Gene Snyder Republican January 3, 1967 - January 3, 1987
Jim Bunning Republican January 3, 1987 - January 3, 1999
Ken Lucas Democratic January 3, 1999 - January 3, 2005
Geoff Davis Republican January 3, 2005 - July 31, 2012 Resigned
Thomas Massie Republican November 13, 2012 - Present Garrison

Recent Election Results[edit]

2002[edit]

Kentucky's 4th Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ken Lucas* 87,776 51.11%
Republican Geoff Davis 81,651 47.55%
Libertarian John Grote 2,308 1.34%
Totals 171,735 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2004[edit]

Kentucky's 4th Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Geoff Davis 160,982 54.40%
Democratic Nick Clooney 129,876 43.89%
Independent Michael Slider 5,069 1.71%
Totals 295,927 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

2006[edit]

Kentucky's 4th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Geoff Davis* 105,845 51.69%
Democratic Ken Lucas 88,822 43.38%
Libertarian Brian Houillion 10,100 4.93%
Totals 204,765 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2008[edit]

Kentucky's 4th Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Geoff Davis* 190,210 63.03%
Democratic Michael Kelley 111,549 36.97%
Totals 301,759 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2010[edit]

Kentucky's 4th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Geoff Davis* 151,774 69.48%
Democratic John Waltz 66,675 30.52%
Totals 218,449 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2012[edit]

Kentucky's 4th Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Thomas Massie 186,026 62.13%
Democratic William Adkins 104,731 34.98%
Independent David Lewis 8,673 2.90%
Totals 299,430 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008". The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  2. ^ "Registration Statistics: By Congression District". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2013-09. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  3. ^ "Registration Statistics: Other Political Organizations and Groups". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2013-09. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  4. ^ "Kentucky Administrative Regulations 31KAR4:150". Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. 2005-11. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  5. ^ "Register To Vote". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2003-08. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 

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