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.
Current Representative Jim Himes (DGreenwich)
Area 539 sq mi (1,400 km2)
Distribution
  • 95.9% urban
  • 4.1% rural
Population (2010) 714,819
Median income 66,598
Ethnicity
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%

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 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 (Connecticut Congressman).jpg 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 J. 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 J. 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.jpg 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 –
Greenwich First 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 (1959-1961, 1965-1969) on July 7, 2013. The most recently serving representative to die was Stewart McKinney (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 85)
Chris Shays 1987–2009 (1945-10-18) October 18, 1945 (age 71)

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 (PDF) on 2006-09-23. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 

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