Connecticut's 4th congressional district

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Connecticut's 4th congressional district
Connecticut US Congressional District 4 (since 2013).tif
Connecticut's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Jim Himes
DCos Cob
Area539 sq mi (1,400 km2)
Distribution
  • 95.9% urban
  • 4.1% rural
Population (2015)736,742
Median income$94,547[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+7[2]

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 extends inland, toward Danbury and toward 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[3]
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%

Recent presidential elections[edit]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Gore 55 - 41%
2004 President Kerry 52 - 46%
2008 President Obama 60 - 40%
2012 President Obama 55 - 44%
2016 President Clinton 60 - 37%

Recent elections[edit]

1987 election (special)[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1987: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays 50,518 57%
Democratic Christine Niedermeier 37,293 42%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 87,811 100%

1988 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1988: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 147,843 72%
Democratic Roger J. Pearson 55,751 27%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 203,594 100%

1990 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1990: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 105,682 77%
Democratic Al Smith 32,352 23%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 138,034 100%

1992 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1992: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 147,816 67%
Democratic Dave Schropfer 58,666 27%
A Connecticut Party Al Smith 11,679 5%
Natural Law Ronald M. Fried 1,445 1%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 219,606 100%

1994 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1994: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 109,436 74%
Democratic Jonathan Kantrowitz 34,962 24%
Libertarian Irving Sussman 1,976 1%
Natural Law Terry M. Nevas 688 0.47%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 147,062 100%

1996 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1996: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 121,949 60%
Democratic William Finch 75,902 38%
Libertarian Edward H. Tonkin 2,815 1%
Natural Law Terry M. Nevas 1,046 1%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 201,712 100%

1998 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 1998: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 94,767 69%
Democratic Jonathan Kantrowitz 40,988 28%
Libertarian Marshall C. Harrison 1,449 1%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 137,204 100%

2000 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2000: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 119,155 58%
Democratic Stephanie Sanchez 84,472 41%
Libertarian Daniel Gislao 2,034 1%
Independent Frank M. Don 1,097 0.53%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 206,758 100%

2002 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2002: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 113,197 64%
Democratic Stephanie Sanchez 62,491 36%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 175,688 100%

2004 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2004: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 149,891 52%
Democratic Diane Farrell 136,481 48%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 286,372 100%

2006 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2006: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 106,510 51%
Democratic Diane Farrell 99,450 48%
Libertarian Phil Maymin 3,058 1%
Republican hold Swing
Turnout 209,018 100%

2008 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2008: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jim Himes 159,694 51%
Republican Christopher Shays (incumbent) 147,356 47%
Libertarian Michael A. Carrano 2,036 1%
Green Richard Z. Duffee 1,377 0.44%
Turnout 310,463 100%
Democratic gain from Republican Swing

2010 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th congressional district election, 2010: Connecticut District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jim Himes (incumbent) 115,351 53%
Republican Daniel Debicella 102,030 47%
Turnout 217,381 100%
Democratic hold Swing

2012 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th Congressional District Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jim Himes (incumbent) 174,461 60%
Republican Steve Obsitnik 117,463 40%
Turnout 291,924 100%
Democratic hold Swing

2014 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th Congressional District Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jim Himes (incumbent) 106,873 54%
Republican Dan Debicella 91,922 46%
Turnout 198,800 100%
Democratic hold Swing

2016 election[edit]

Connecticut 4th Congressional District Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jim Himes (incumbent) 185,928 60%
Republican John Shaban 123,630 40%
Turnout 309,558 100%
Democratic hold Swing

List of members representing the district[edit]

Representative Party Years of Service Cong
ress(es)
Hometown Electoral history
Thomas T. Whittlesey Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
25th Danbury Redistricted from the at-large district.
Thomas B. Osborne Whig March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1843
26th
27th
Fairfield Retired.
Samuel Simons Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
28th Bridgeport Retired.
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Truman Smith
Whig March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1849
29th
30th
Stamford Retired to run for U.S. Senator
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Thomas B. Butler
Whig March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1851
31st Norwalk Lost re-election.
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Origen S. Seymour
Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1855
32nd
33rd
Litchfield Retired to become judge of the Connecticut Superior Court
William W. Welch American March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
34th Norfolk Retired.
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William D. Bishop
Democratic March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
35th Bridgeport Lost re-election.
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Orris S. Ferry
Republican nowrap | March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1861
36th Norwalk Lost re-election.
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George C. Woodruff
Democratic March 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1863
37th Litchfield Lost re-election.
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John Henry Hubbard
Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1867
38th
39th
Litchfield Lost re-election.
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William Henry Barnum
Democratic March 4, 1867 –
May 18, 1876
40th
41st
42nd
43rd
44th
Lime Rock Resigned when elected to U.S. Senate
Vacant May 18, 1876 –
December 4, 1876
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Levi Warner
Democratic December 4, 1876 –
March 3, 1879
44th
45th
Norwalk Retired.
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Frederick Miles
Republican March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1883
46th
47th
Salisbury Retired.
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Edward Woodruff Seymour
Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1887
48th
49th
Litchfield Retired.
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Miles T. Granger
Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1889
50th North Canaan Retired.
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Frederick Miles
Republican March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
51st Salisbury Lost re-election.
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Robert E. De Forest
Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1895
52nd
53rd
Bridgeport Lost re-election.
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Ebenezer J. Hill
Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1913
54th
55th
56th
57th
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
Norwalk Lost re-election.
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Jeremiah Donovan
Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
63rd Norwalk Lost re-election.
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Ebenezer J. Hill
Republican March 4, 1915 –
September 27, 1917
64th
65th
Norwalk Died.
Vacant September 27, 1917 –
November 6, 1917
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Schuyler Merritt
Republican November 6, 1917 –
March 3, 1931
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
Stamford Lost re-election.
William L. Tierney Democratic March 4, 1931 –
March 3, 1933
72nd Greenwich Lost re-election.
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Schuyler Merritt
Republican March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1937
73rd
74th
Stamford Lost re-election.
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Alfred N. Phillips
Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1939
75th Stamford Lost re-election.
Albert E. Austin Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1941
76th Greenwich Lost re-election.
Le Roy D. Downs Democratic January 3, 1941 –
January 3, 1943
77th Norwalk Lost re-election.
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Clare Boothe Luce
Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1947
78th
79th
Greenwich Retired.
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John Davis Lodge
Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1951
80th
81st
Westport Retired to run for Governor

Albert P. Morano
Republican January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1959
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
Greenwich Lost re-election.
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Donald J. Irwin
Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1961
86th Norwalk Lost re-election.
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Abner W. Sibal
Republican January 3, 1961 –
January 3, 1965
87th
88th
Norwalk Lost re-election.
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Donald J. Irwin
Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1969
89th
90th
Norwalk Lost re-election.
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Lowell P. Weicker Jr.
Republican January 3, 1969 –
January 3, 1971
91st Greenwich Retired to run for U.S. Senator
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Stewart McKinney
Republican January 3, 1971 –
May 7, 1987
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
Fairfield Died.
Vacant May 7, 1987 –
August 18, 1987
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Christopher Shays
Republican August 18, 1987 –
January 3, 2009
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
Bridgeport Lost re-election.
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Jim Himes
Democratic January 3, 2009 –
Present
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
Greenwich Elected in 2008.

Living former Members[edit]

As of August 2015, there are two former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut's 4th congressional district who are currently alive. The most recent representative to die was Donald J. Irwin (served 1959-1961, 1965-1969) on July 7, 2013. The most recently serving representative to die was Stewart McKinney (served 1971-1987), who died in office on May 7, 1987.

Representative Term in office Date of birth (and age)
Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. 1969–1971 (1931-05-16) May 16, 1931 (age 88)
Chris Shays 1987–2009 (1945-10-18) October 18, 1945 (age 73)

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=09&cd=04
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 30, 2012" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-09-23. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
Bibliography

Coordinates: 41°11′49″N 73°23′19″W / 41.19694°N 73.38861°W / 41.19694; -73.38861