Connecticut's 6th congressional district

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Connecticut's congressional districts, 1993–2003 (prior to elimination of 6th district).
The sixth district is in the northwest corner, highlighted in pink.
Connecticut's congressional districts, 2003-2013

Connecticut's 6th congressional district is a former district, which was eliminated in 2003, following the 2000 Census. It was initially created in 1837 from Connecticut's at-large district, yet was eliminated after the 1840 Census. In 1965, following passage of the Voting Rights Act, it was re-established.

During redistricting in 2002, a majority of the district was merged with the 5th district.

Prior to its elimination, the district included Litchfield County, the Farmington Valley, and commununties surrounding Hartford, including Bristol, Enfield, and New Britain.

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years of Service Hometown Electoral history
District Created 1837
No image.svg Orrin Holt Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
Willington Retired
No image.svg John H. Brockway Whig March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1843
Ellington Retired
District eliminated following the 1840 Census March 3, 1843
District restored January 3, 1965
Bernard F. Grabowski.jpg Bernard Grabowski Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1967
Bristol Lost re-election
Thomas Meskill.jpg Thomas J. Meskill Republican January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1971
New Britain Retired to run for Governor of Connecticut
Ella Grasso.jpg Ella Grasso Democratic January 3, 1971 –
January 3, 1975
Windsor Locks Retired to run for Governor of Connecticut
Toby headshot.jpg Toby Moffett Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1983
Litchfield Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Nancy Johnson2.jpg Nancy Johnson Republican January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 2003
New Britain Redistricted to the 5th district
District Eliminated 2000 Census 2003

Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut's 6th congressional district[edit]

As of May 2015, two former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut's 6th congressional district are alive. The most recent representative to die was Thomas Joseph Meskill (served 1967-1971) on October 29, 2007. The most recently serving representative to die was Ella T. Grasso (served 1971-1975) on February 5, 1981.

Representative Term in office Date of birth (and age)
Toby Moffett 1975–1983 (1944-08-18) August 18, 1944 (age 74)
Nancy Johnson 1983–2003 (1935-01-05) January 5, 1935 (age 84)


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  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present