Kentucky's 4th congressional district

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Kentucky's 4th congressional district
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Kentucky's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Thomas Massie
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Distribution
  • 68.2[1]% urban
  • 31.8% rural
Population (2016)754,502[2]
Median income$62,095[3]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+18[4]

Kentucky's 4th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Kentucky. Located in the northeastern portion of the state, it is a long district that follows the Ohio River. The majority of voters live in the booming suburban Cincinnati counties of Boone, Kenton and Campbell, which includes such suburbs as Fort Mitchell, Covington, Florence, Newport, and Fort Thomas. It also stretches into the outer suburbs of Louisville (including a small portion of Louisville itself) and Lexington.

The district is currently represented by Republican Thomas Massie, who was elected in a special election in 2012 to succeed Republican Geoff Davis, who resigned on July 31, 2012 citing family concerns.

Characteristics[edit]

The 4th was one of the first areas of Kentucky to turn Republican outside of traditionally Republican south-central Kentucky; it has been in GOP hands for all but six years since 1967. Its politics are dominated by Republicans in the wealthy Cincinnati suburbs, which have swelled with former Cincinnati residents since the early 1960s. Between them, Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties have as many people as the rest of the district combined. As a measure of how much the Cincinnati suburbs have dominated the district, when Massie took office, he became the first congressman from the district's eastern portion in 45 years. Nonetheless, Democrats still hold state and local offices in rural counties.

As of November 7, 2006, there were a total of 476,480 registered voters. Of these, 250,986 (52.67%) identified as Democrats, 184,705 (38.76%) identified as Republicans, and 40,789 (8.56%) identified as "Others."

As of September 2013, there were 529,548 registered voters: 245,211 (46.30%) Democrats, 229,731 (43.38%) Republicans, and 54,606 (10.31%) "Others". All of the "Others" included 38,561 (7.28%) unclassified Others, 14,931 (2.82%) Independents, 841 (0.16%) Libertarians, 185 (0.03%) Greens, 51 (0.01%) Constitutionalists, 24 (0.0045%) Reforms, and 13 (0.0025%) Socialist Workers.[5][6]

Until January 1, 2006, Kentucky did not track party affiliation for registered voters who were neither Democratic nor Republican.[7] The Kentucky voter registration card does not explicitly list anything other than Democratic Party, Republican Party, or Other, with the "Other" option having a blank line and no instructions on how to register as something else.[8]

Recent presidential elections[edit]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Bush 61 - 37%
2004 President Bush 63 - 36%
2008 President McCain 60 - 38%
2012 President Romney 63 - 35%
2016 President Trump 65 - 29%


List of members representing the district[edit]

Member Party Years Electoral history Location
District created March 4, 1803
Thomas Sandford Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1807
Elected in 1803.
Re-elected in 1804.
Lost re-election.
1803 – 1813
Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Franklin, Gallatin, Harrison, Henry, Pendleton, Scott, and Shelby counties
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Richard M. Johnson
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1807 –
March 3, 1813
Elected in 1806.
Re-elected in 1808.
Elected in 1810.
Redistricted to the 3rd district.
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Joseph Desha
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 –
March 3, 1819
Redistricted from the 6th district and re-elected in 1812.
Re-elected in 1814.
Re-elected in 1816.
Retired.
1813 – 1823
Bourbon, Bracken, Lewis, Mason, and Nicholas counties
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Thomas Metcalfe
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1819 –
March 3, 1823
Elected in 1818.
Re-elected in 1820.
Redistricted to the 2nd district.
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Robert P. Letcher
Adams-Clay
Democratic-Republican
March 3, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
Elected in 1822.
Re-elected in 1824.
[Data unknown/missing.]
1823 – 1833
Clay, Estill, Garrard, Harlan, Knox, Madison, Perry, Rockcastle, and Whitley counties
Anti-Jacksonian March 3, 1825 –
March 3, 1827
Martin Beaty Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1835
[Data unknown/missing.] 1833 – 1843
[Data unknown/missing.]
Sherrod Williams Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1835 –
March 3, 1837
[Data unknown/missing.]
Whig March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1841
Bryan Owsley Whig March 4, 1841 –
March 3, 1843
[Data unknown/missing.]
George Caldwell Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
[Data unknown/missing.] 1843 – 1853
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Joshua F. Bell
Whig March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1847
[Data unknown/missing.]
Aylette Buckner Whig March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1849
[Data unknown/missing.]
George Caldwell Democratic March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1851
[Data unknown/missing.]
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William T. Ward
Whig March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1853
[Data unknown/missing.]
James Chrisman Democratic March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
[Data unknown/missing.] 1853 – 1863
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Albert G. Talbott
Democratic March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1859
[Data unknown/missing.]
William C. Anderson Opposition March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1861
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Aaron Harding
Unionist March 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1865
[Data unknown/missing.]
1863 – 1873
[Data unknown/missing.]
Democratic March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1867
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J. Proctor Knott
Democratic March 4, 1867 –
March 3, 1871
[Data unknown/missing.]
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William B. Read
Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1875
[Data unknown/missing.]
1873 – 1883
[Data unknown/missing.]
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J. Proctor Knott
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1883
[Data unknown/missing.]
Thomas A. Robertson Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1887
[Data unknown/missing.] 1883 – 1893
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Alexander B. Montgomery
Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1895
[Data unknown/missing.]
1893 – 1903
[Data unknown/missing.]
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John W. Lewis
Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1897
[Data unknown/missing.]
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David H. Smith
Democratic March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1907
[Data unknown/missing.]
1903 – 1913
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Ben Johnson
Democratic March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1927
[Data unknown/missing.]
1913 – 1933
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Henry D. Moorman
Democratic March 4, 1927 –
March 3, 1929
[Data unknown/missing.]
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John D. Craddock
Republican March 4, 1929 –
March 3, 1931
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Cap R. Carden
Democratic March 4, 1931 –
March 3, 1933
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the at-large district.
Districts not used, see Kentucky's at-large congressional district.
District re-established.
March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
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Cap R. Carden
Democratic March 4, 1935 –
June 13, 1935
Redistricted from the at-large district and re-elected in 1934.
Died.
1935 – 1943
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant June 13, 1935 –
November 5, 1935
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Edward W. Creal
Democratic November 5, 1935 –
October 13, 1943
Elected to finish Carden's term.
Re-elected in 1936.
Re-elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Died.
1943 – 1953
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant October 13, 1943 –
November 30, 1943
Chester O. Carrier Republican November 30, 1943 –
January 3, 1945
Elected to finish Creal's term.
Lost re-election.
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Frank Chelf
Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1967
Elected in 1944.
Re-elected in 1946.
Re-elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
Re-elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Re-elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
Lost re-election.
1953 – 1963
[Data unknown/missing.]
1963 – 1973
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Gene Snyder
Republican January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1987
Elected in 1966, having earlier served in the 3rd district.
Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970.
Re-elected in 1972.
Re-elected in 1974.
Re-elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Retired.
1973 – 1983
[Data unknown/missing.]
1983 – 1993
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Jim Bunning
Republican January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 1999
Elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
1993 – 2003
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Ken Lucas
Democratic January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2005
Elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Retired.
2003 – 2013
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Geoff Davis
Republican January 3, 2005 –
July 31, 2012
Elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Resigned due to family health issues.
Vacant July 31, 2012 –
November 6, 2012
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Thomas Massie
Republican November 6, 2012 –
Present
Elected to finish Davis's term.
Also elected in 2012 to the next term.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.
2013 – Present
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Recent election results[edit]

2002[edit]

Kentucky's 4th Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ken Lucas* 87,776 51.11
Republican Geoff Davis 81,651 47.55
Libertarian John Grote 2,308 1.34
Total votes 171,735 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold

2004[edit]

Kentucky's 4th Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Geoff Davis 160,982 54.40
Democratic Nick Clooney 129,876 43.89
Independent Michael Slider 5,069 1.71
Total votes 295,927 100.00
Turnout  
Republican gain from Democratic

2006[edit]

Kentucky's 4th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Geoff Davis* 105,845 51.69
Democratic Ken Lucas 88,822 43.38
Libertarian Brian Houillion 10,100 4.93
Total votes 204,765 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2008[edit]

Kentucky's 4th Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Geoff Davis* 190,210 63.03
Democratic Michael Kelley 111,549 36.97
Total votes 301,759 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2010[edit]

Kentucky's 4th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Geoff Davis* 151,774 69.48
Democratic John Waltz 66,675 30.52
Total votes 218,449 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2012[edit]

Kentucky's 4th Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Thomas Massie 186,026 62.13
Democratic William Adkins 104,731 34.98
Independent David Lewis 8,673 2.90
Total votes 299,430 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2014[edit]

Kentucky's 4th Congressional District, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Thomas Massie (Incumbent) 150,464 67.7
Democratic Peter Newberry 71,694 32.3
Total votes 222,158 100
Republican hold

2016[edit]

Kentucky's 4th Congressional District, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Thomas Massie (Incumbent) 233,922 71.32
Democratic Calvin Sidle 94,065 28.68
Total votes 327,987 100
Republican hold

Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

As of June 2017, two former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky's 4th congressional district are alive. The most recent representative to die was Jim Bunning (served 1987–1999) on May 26, 2017.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Ken Lucas 1999–2005 (1933-08-22) August 22, 1933 (age 85)
Geoff Davis 2005–2012 (1958-10-26) October 26, 1958 (age 60)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/cd_state.html
  2. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=21&cd=04
  3. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=21&cd=04
  4. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "Registration Statistics: By Congression District". Kentucky State Board of Elections. September 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  6. ^ "Registration Statistics: Other Political Organizations and Groups". Kentucky State Board of Elections. September 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  7. ^ "Kentucky Administrative Regulations 31KAR4:150". Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. November 2005. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  8. ^ "Register To Vote". Kentucky State Board of Elections. August 2003. Retrieved February 6, 2014.

Coordinates: 38°33′57″N 84°25′40″W / 38.56583°N 84.42778°W / 38.56583; -84.42778