Maryland's 4th congressional district

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Maryland's 4th congressional district
Maryland's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Maryland's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Donna Edwards (DFort Washington)
Area 318 mi2
Distribution 97.9% urban, 2.1% rural
Population (2000) 662,062
Median income $57,727
Ethnicity 27.6% White, 56.8% Black, 5.6% Asian, 7.5% Hispanic, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% other
Occupation 15.0% blue collar, 70.7% white collar, 14.3% gray collar
Cook PVI D+23[1]

Maryland's 4th congressional district comprises portions of Prince George's County, Montgomery County and Anne Arundel County. The seat is represented by Donna Edwards, a Democrat, who has represented the district since 2008.

The district is located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C..

Recent elections[edit]

Marylands's 4th congressional district election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Al Wynn (inc.) 172,624 87.20%
Republican John B. Kimble 24,973 12.61%
Write-ins 372 0.19%
Totals 197,969 100.00%
Democratic hold
Marylands's 4th congressional district election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Al Wynn (inc.) 131,644 78.96%
Republican John B. Kimble 34,890 20.93%
Write-ins 195 0.12%
Totals 166,729 100.00%
Democratic hold
Marylands's 4th congressional district election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Al Wynn (inc.) 196,809 75.23% -3.73
Republican John McKinnis 52,907 20.22% -0.71
Green Theresa Mitchell Dudley 11,885 4.54% +4.54
Write-ins 6 <0.01% -0.12
Totals 261,607 100.00%
Democratic hold


Marylands's 4th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Al Wynn (inc.) 141,897 80.67% +5.44
Republican Michael Moshe Starkman 32,792 18.64% -1.58
Write-ins 1,214 0.69% +0.69
Totals 175,903 100.00%
Democratic hold


Marylands's 4th congressional district special election, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Donna Edwards 16,481 80.54%
Republican Peter James 3,638 17.78%
Libertarian Thibeaux Lincecum 216 1.06%
Write-ins 127 0.62%
Totals 20,462 100.00%
Democratic hold
Maryland's 4th Congressional District: 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Donna Edwards 258,704 85.83% +5.16
Republican Peter James 38,739 12.85% -5.79
Libertarian Thibeaux Lincecum 3,384 1.12% +1.12
No party Write-ins 604 0.20%
Totals 301,431 100.00%
Democratic hold Swing
Maryland's 4th Congressional District: 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Donna Edwards 160,228 83.44% -2.39
Republican Robert Broadus 31,467 16.39% +3.54
No party Write-ins 325 0.17%
Total votes 192,020 100.00%
Democratic hold
Marylands's 4th congressional district election, 2012[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Donna F. Edwards 240,385 77.2%
Republican Faith M. Loudon 64,560 20.7%
Libertarian Scott Soffen 6,204 2.0%
N/A Others (write-in) 363 0.1%
Totals 311,512 100%
Democratic hold

Early historical boundaries and population[edit]

Maryland's Fourth Congressional District was one of the about 50 original Congressional districts. The First Congress of the United States of America. When it was organized in 1788 it covered Baltimore, Baltimore County, and Harford County. According to the 1790 Census, the Fourth District had a population of 53,913, nearly 20% of whom were slaves.[4]

In 1792, the Fourth District was moved to western Maryland, with its eastern boundary being a north to south line running about the midpoint of Frederick County, Maryland. The new district had a population of 36,026, with less than 10% of the population being slaves.[5] The 1800 Census population was 38,015, and the boundaries remained unchanged in 1802.[6]

List of representatives[edit]

1789 - 1835: One seat[edit]

Name Took office Left office Party Notes/Events
1 No image.svg William Smith March 4, 1789 March 3, 1791 Anti-Administration
2 No image.svg Samuel Sterett March 4, 1791 March 3, 1793 Anti-Administration
3 No image.svg Thomas Sprigg March 4, 1793 March 3, 1795 Anti-Administration
March 4, 1795 March 3, 1797 Democratic-Republican
4 No image.svg George Baer, Jr. March 4, 1797 March 3, 1801 Federalist
5 No image.svg Daniel Hiester March 4, 1801 March 7, 1804 Democratic-Republican Died
6 No image.svg Roger Nelson November 6, 1804 May 14, 1810 Democratic-Republican Resigned to become associate justice of Maryland's 5th judicial circuit
7 No image.svg Samuel Ringgold October 15, 1810 March 3, 1815 Democratic-Republican
8 No image.svg George Baer, Jr. March 4, 1815 March 3, 1817 Federalist
9 No image.svg Samuel Ringgold March 4, 1817 March 3, 1821 Democratic-Republican
10 John Nelson, bw photo portrait, Brady-Handy collection, circa 1855-1865.jpg John Nelson March 4, 1821 March 3, 1823 Democratic-Republican
11 No image.svg John Lee March 4, 1823 March 3, 1825 Jacksonian Federalist
12 No image.svg Thomas C. Worthington March 4, 1825 March 3, 1827 Adams
13 MichaelSprigg.jpg Michael C. Sprigg March 4, 1827 March 3, 1831 Jacksonian
14 Francis Thomas of Maryland - photo portrait seated.jpg Francis Thomas March 4, 1831 March 3, 1833 Jacksonian Redistricted to the 7th district
15 No image.svg James P. Heath March 4, 1833 March 3, 1835 Jacksonian

1835 - 1843: Two seats[edit]

From 1835 to 1843, two seats were apportioned, elected at-large on a general ticket.

Seat A[edit]

Name Took office Left office Party Notes/Events
16 No image.svg Benjamin C. Howard March 4, 1835 March 3, 1837 Jacksonian
March 4, 1837 March 3, 1839 Democratic
17 No image.svg James Carroll March 4, 1839 March 3, 1841 Democratic
18 No image.svg Alexander Randall March 4, 1841 March 3, 1843 Whig

Seat B[edit]

Name Took office Left office Party Notes/Events
19 No image.svg Isaac McKim March 4, 1835 April 1, 1838 Jacksonian Redistricted from the 5th district, died
20 JohnKennedy.jpg John P. Kennedy April 25, 1838 March 3, 1839 Whig
21 No image.svg Solomon Hillen March 4, 1839 March 3, 1841 Democratic
22 JohnKennedy.jpg John P. Kennedy March 4, 1841 March 3, 1843 Whig

1843 - present: One seat[edit]

Name Took office Left office Party Notes/Events
23 JohnKennedy.jpg John P. Kennedy March 4, 1843 March 3, 1845 Whig
24 WilliamFellGiles.jpg William Fell Giles March 4, 1845 March 3, 1847 Democratic
25 Governor robert mclane of maryland.jpg Robert Milligan McLane March 4, 1847 March 3, 1851 Democratic
26 No image.svg Thomas Yates Walsh March 4, 1851 March 3, 1853 Whig
27 Williamthamilton.jpg William Thomas Hamilton March 4, 1853 March 3, 1855 Democratic Redistricted from the 2nd district
28 Henry Winter Davis.jpg Henry Winter Davis March 4, 1855 March 3, 1861 American
29 No image.svg Henry May March 4, 1861 March 3, 1863 Unionist
30 Francis Thomas of Maryland - photo portrait seated.jpg Francis Thomas March 4, 1863 March 3, 1867 Unconditional Unionist Redistricted from the 5th district
March 4, 1867 March 3, 1869 Republican
31 Patrick Hamill - photograph portrait seated.jpg Patrick Hamill March 4, 1869 March 3, 1871 Democratic
32 No image.svg John Ritchie March 4, 1871 March 3, 1873 Democratic
33 Thomas Swann of Maryland - photo portrait seated.jpg Thomas Swann March 4, 1873 March 3, 1879 Democratic Redistricted from the 3rd district
34 Governor robert mclane of maryland.jpg Robert Milligan McLane March 4, 1879 March 3, 1883 Democratic
35 No image.svg John Van Lear Findlay March 4, 1883 March 3, 1887 Democratic
36 Isidor Rayner standing photograph portrait.jpg Isidor Rayner March 4, 1887 March 3, 1889 Democratic
37 No image.svg Henry Stockbridge, Jr. March 4, 1889 March 3, 1891 Republican
38 Isidor Rayner standing photograph portrait.jpg Isidor Rayner March 4, 1891 March 3, 1895 Democratic
39 No image.svg John Kissig Cowen March 4, 1895 March 3, 1897 Democratic
40 No image.svg William Watson McIntire March 4, 1897 March 3, 1899 Republican
41 No image.svg James William Denny March 4, 1899 March 3, 1901 Democratic
42 No image.svg Charles Reginald Schirm March 4, 1901 March 3, 1903 Republican
43 No image.svg James William Denny March 4, 1903 March 3, 1905 Democratic
44 No image.svg John Gill, Jr. March 4, 1905 March 3, 1911 Democratic
45 No image.svg John Charles Linthicum March 4, 1911 October 5, 1932 Democratic Died
46 No image.svg Ambrose Jerome Kennedy November 8, 1932 January 3, 1941 Democratic
47 No image.svg John Ambrose Meyer January 3, 1941 January 3, 1943 Democratic
48 No image.svg Daniel Ellison January 3, 1943 January 3, 1945 Republican
49 George H. Fallon.jpg George Hyde Fallon January 3, 1945 January 3, 1971 Democratic
50 Paul Sarbanes.jpg Paul Sarbanes January 3, 1971 January 3, 1973 Democratic Redistricted to the 3rd district
51 MarjorieHolt.jpg Marjorie Holt January 3, 1973 January 3, 1987 Republican
52 Charles Thomas McMillen.jpg Charles Thomas McMillen January 3, 1987 January 3, 1993 Democratic
53 Albert Wynn.jpg Al Wynn January 3, 1993 May 31, 2008 Democratic Defeated in primary, resigned
54 Donna Edwards Official.jpg Donna Edwards June 17, 2008 Present Democratic Incumbent

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008". The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  2. ^ http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2008/2008_special_4th_congressional_general_results.html
  3. ^ "Unofficial 2012 Presidential General Election results for Representative in Congress". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved Nov 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ Parsons, Stanley B., William W. Beach and Dan Hermann. United States Congressional Districts, 1788-1841 (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1978) p. 8-9
  5. ^ Parsons. Congressional Districts. p. 42-43
  6. ^ Parsons. Congressional Districts. p. 93-94

Coordinates: 39°02′N 77°00′W / 39.03°N 77.0°W / 39.03; -77.0