Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district

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Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district
 Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Scott Perry (RCarroll Township, York County)
Cook PVI R+9[1]

Pennsylvania's fourth district is located in the south-central part of the state. This district changed drastically when Pennsylvania's new districts went into effect on January 3, 2013. Due to slower population growth than the nation as a whole, Pennsylvania lost a seat in Congress in reapportionment following the 2010 United States Census, and this seat was effectively eliminated. Most of the 4th district was merged into a redrawn 12th district, and the previous 19th district was rebranded as the 4th.

Republican Scott Perry represents the district.

From 2003 to 2013 it included suburbs of Pittsburgh as well as Beaver County, Lawrence County, and Mercer County. The district had a slight Democratic registration edge, although it has voted for Republicans in several federal elections over the past decade, including for President George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, as well as Lynn Swann for governor in 2006. The heart of the district was a string of mostly white and middle class suburbs. Plum and Murrysville, two large and mainly residential boroughs, are the main towns in the suburban portion of the district that lies to the east of the city. Also included were the many suburban areas that make up northern Allegheny County and southern Butler County, Pennsylvania, including the larger communities of McCandless and Franklin Park, as well as several exclusive suburbs that have long been home to Pittsburgh's old money elite, including Fox Chapel and Sewickley. The northern suburbs had a generally moderate voting populace, which trends Democratic but makes up the swing vote, especially in races for national office. Further north, the district took on a different character. The suburban areas of Beaver County are somewhat less affluent and were heavily labor Democratic. The areas of Lawrence County and Mercer County had a more rural feel, but also had a union Democrat center within the city of New Castle.

List of representatives[edit]

The district was organized from Pennsylvania's At-large congressional district in 1791

1791–1793: One seat[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
No image.svg Daniel Hiester Anti-Administration March 4, 1791 –
March 3, 1793
Redistricted from the at-large district
Redistricted to the at-large district

1795–1843: Two, then one, then three seats[edit]

District created in 1795 with two seats from Pennsylvania's At-large congressional district. The second seat was eliminated in 1813. The second seat was restored in 1823 along with a third seat.

Cong
ress
Years Seat A Seat B Seat C
Representative Party Electoral history Representative Party Electoral history Representative Party Electoral history
4 March 4, 1795 –
March 4, 1797
Samuel Sitgreaves Federalist Resigned John Richards Democratic-
Republican
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!] No third seat until 1823
5 March 4, 1797 –
????, 1798
John Chapman Federalist [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
 ???? 1798 –
December 4, 1798
Vacant
December 4, 1798 –
March 3, 1799
Robert Brown Democratic-
Republican
Redistricted to the 2nd district
6 March 4, 1799 –
March 3, 1801
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Peter Muhlenberg
Democratic-
Republican
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
7 March 4, 1801 –
March 3, 1803
Isaac Van Horne Democratic-
Republican
Redistricted to the 2nd district
8 March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1805
John A. Hanna Democratic-
Republican
Redistricted from the 6th district
Died
David Bard Democratic-
Republican
Redistricted to the 9th district
9 March 4, 1805 –
July 23, 1805
July 23, 1805 –
November 7, 1805
Vacant
November 7, 1805 –
March 3, 1807
Robert Whitehill Democratic-
Republican
Redistricted to the 5th district
10 March 4, 1807
March 3, 1809
11 March 4, 1809
March 3, 1811
12 March 4, 1811
March 3, 1813
13 March 4, 1813 –
March 3, 1815
Hugh Glasgow Democratic-
Republican
First elected in 1812 No second seat from 1813 to 1823
14 March 4, 1815 –
March 3, 1817
Re-elected in 1814
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
15 March 4, 1817 –
April 20, 1818
Jacob Spangler Democratic-
Republican
First elected in 1816
Resigned to become Surveyor-General of Pennsylvania
April 20, 1818 –
November 16, 1818
Vacant
November 16, 1818 –
March 3, 1819
Jacob Hostetter Democratic-
Republican
First elected in 1818 to finish Spangler's term
16 March 4, 1819 –
March 3, 1821
Elected in 1818 to the next term
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
17 March 4, 1821 –
March 3, 1823
James S. Mitchell Democratic-
Republican
First elected in 1820
Redistricted to the 10th district
18 March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
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James Buchanan
Jacksonian
Federalist
Redistricted from the 3rd district Samuel Edwards Jacksonian
Federalist
Redistricted from the 1st district Isaac Wayne Jacksonian
Federalist
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
19 March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1827
Jacksonian Jacksonian Charles Miner Adams [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
20 March 4, 1827 –
March 3, 1829
Samuel Anderson Adams [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
21 March 4, 1829 –
March 3, 1831
George G. Leiper Jacksonian [Data unknown/missing. You can help!] Joshua Evans, Jr. Jacksonian [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
22 March 4, 1831 –
March 3, 1833
William M. Hiester Anti-
Masonic
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!] David Potts, Jr. Anti-
Masonic
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
23 March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1835
Edward Darlington Anti-
Masonic
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
24 March 4, 1835 –
March 3, 1837
25 March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
Edward Davies Anti-
Masonic
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
26 March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1841
Francis James Anti-
Masonic
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!] John Edwards Anti-
Masonic
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
27 March 4, 1841 –
March 3, 1843
Jeremiah Brown Whig Redistricted to the 8th district Whig Whig

1843–present: One seat[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
No image.svg Charles J. Ingersoll Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1849
Redistricted from the 3rd district
John Robbins congressman - Brady-Handy.jpg John Robbins Democratic March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1853
Redistricted to the 3rd district
No image.svg William H. Witte Democratic March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Jacob Broom engraving.jpg Jacob Broom American March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
Lost renomination
No image.svg Henry M. Phillips Democratic March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
Lost re-election
No image.svg William Millward Republican March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1861
Lost renomination
William D. Kelley - Brady-Handy.jpg William D. Kelley Republican March 4, 1861 –
January 9, 1890
Died
Vacant January 9, 1890 –
February 18, 1890
No image.svg John E. Reyburn Republican February 18, 1890 –
March 3, 1897
Lost renomination
No image.svg James R. Young Republican March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1903
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Robert H. Foerderer Republican March 4, 1903 –
July 26, 1903
Redistricted from the at-large district
Died
Vacant July 26, 1903 –
November 3, 1903
No image.svg Reuben O. Moon Republican November 3, 1903 –
March 3, 1913
Lost renomination
No image.svg George W. Edmonds Republican March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1925
Lost renomination
No image.svg Benjamin M. Golder Republican March 4, 1925 –
March 3, 1933
Lost re-election
No image.svg George W. Edmonds Republican March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
Lost re-election
No image.svg J. Burrwood Daly Democratic January 3, 1935 –
March 12, 1939
Died
Vacant March 12, 1939 –
November 7, 1939
No image.svg John E. Sheridan Democratic November 7, 1939 –
January 3, 1947
Retired
No image.svg Franklin J. Maloney Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1949
Lost re-election
No image.svg Earl Chudoff Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 5, 1958
Resigned to become judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
Vacant January 5, 1958 –
May 20, 1958
Robert Nix, Sr..jpg Robert N.C. Nix, Sr. Democratic May 20, 1958 –
January 3, 1963
Redistricted to the 2nd district
No image.svg Herman Toll Democratic January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1967
Redistricted from the 6th district
Joshua Eilberg.jpg Joshua Eilberg Democratic January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1979
Lost renomination
Charles Dougherty.png Charles F. Dougherty Republican January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1983
Lost re-election
District moved to Western Pennsylvania
Joseph Kolter.png Joseph P. Kolter Democratic January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1993
Lost renomination
Ron Klink.jpg Ron Klink Democratic January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 2001
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
MelissaHartCongress.jpg Melissa Hart Republican January 3, 2001 –
January 3, 2007
Lost re-election
Jasoaltmire.jpeg Jason Altmire Democratic January 3, 2007 –
January 3, 2013
First elected in 2006
Re-elected in 2008
Re-elected in 2010
Redistricted to the 12th district and lost renomination there.
Scott Perry official photo.jpg Scott Perry Republican January 3, 2013 – Elected in 2012

Recent elections[edit]

2006 election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jason Altmire 130,480 51.92
Republican Melissa Hart (Incumbent) 120,822 48.08
Majority 9,658 3.84
Turnout 251,302 100

Historical district boundaries[edit]

In the very early 19th Century this district included all or part of Bucks County.

2005 - 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. ^ "CNN Elections Results 2006". Retrieved 9 November 2006. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°55′26″N 76°54′39″W / 39.92389°N 76.91083°W / 39.92389; -76.91083