Kentucky's 4th congressional district

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Kentucky's 4th congressional district
Kentucky US Congressional District 4 (since 2013).tif
Kentucky's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Thomas Massie (RGarrison)
Distribution
  • 59.79% urban
  • 40.21% rural
Population (2000) 673,588
Median income 40,150
Ethnicity
Cook PVI R+18[1]

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. Indeed, 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.[2][3]

Until January 1, 2006, Kentucky did not track party affiliation for registered voters who were neither Democratic nor Republican.[4] 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.[5]

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1803
No image.svg Thomas Sandford Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1807
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
RichardMentorJohnson.png Richard M. Johnson Democratic-Republican March 4, 1807 –
March 3, 1813
Redistricted to the 3rd district.
Joseph Desha by Katherine Helm.jpg Joseph Desha Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 –
March 3, 1819
Redistricted from the 6th district, and re-elected in 1812.
TMetcalfe.jpg Thomas Metcalfe Democratic-Republican March 4, 1819 –
March 3, 1823
Redistricted to the 2nd district.
RPLetcher.jpg Robert P. Letcher Adams-Clay
Democratic-Republican
March 3, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Adams March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1829
Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1829 –
March 3, 1833
No image.svg Martin Beaty Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1835
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Sherrod Williams Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1835 –
March 3, 1837
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Whig March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1841
No image.svg Bryan Owsley Whig March 4, 1841 –
March 3, 1843
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg George Caldwell Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Joshua-Fry-Bell.jpg Joshua F. Bell Whig March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1847
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Aylette Buckner Whig March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1849
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg George Caldwell Democratic March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1851
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
William T. Ward cropped.jpg William T. Ward Whig March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1853
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg James Chrisman Democratic March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Albert G. Talbott, Representative from Kentucky cropped.jpg Albert G. Talbott Democratic March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1859
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg William C. Anderson Opposition March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1861
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Aaronharding.jpg Aaron Harding Unionist March 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1865
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Democratic March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1867
J. Proctor Knott - Brady-Handy.jpg J. Proctor Knott Democratic March 4, 1867 –
March 3, 1871
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
William Brown Read - Brady Handy cropped.jpg William B. Read Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1875
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
J. Proctor Knott - Brady-Handy.jpg J. Proctor Knott Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1883
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Thomas A. Robertson Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1887
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
AlexanderBMontgomery.jpg Alexander B. Montgomery Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1895
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
John-W.-Lewis---US-Red-Book-(1896).jpg John W. Lewis Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1897
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
David-Highbaugh-Smith.jpg David H. Smith Democratic March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1907
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Ben Johnson - NPC2 cropped.jpg Ben Johnson Democratic March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1927
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
HenryDMoorman.jpg Henry D. Moorman Democratic March 4, 1927 –
March 3, 1929
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg John D. Craddock Republican March 4, 1929 –
March 3, 1931
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Cap R. Carden (Kentucky Congressman).jpg Cap R. Carden Democratic March 4, 1931 –
March 3, 1933
Redistricted to the at-large district.
District redistricted to at-large district. March 4, 1933
District re-established from at-large district. January 3, 1935
Cap R. Carden (Kentucky Congressman).jpg Cap R. Carden Democratic March 4, 1935 –
June 13, 1935
Redistricted from the at-large district, and re-elected in 1934.

Died.
Vacant June 13, 1935 –
November 5, 1935
Edward W. Creal (Kentucky Congressman).jpg Edward W. Creal Democratic November 5, 1935 –
October 13, 1943
First elected to finish Carden's term.
Re-elected in 1936.
Re-elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Died.
Vacant October 13, 1943 –
November 30, 1943
No image.svg Chester O. Carrier Republican November 30, 1943 –
January 3, 1945
Elected to finish Creal's term.
Lost re-election.
FrankLChelf.jpg Frank Chelf Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1967
First 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.
Gene Snyder.jpg Gene Snyder Republican January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1987
First 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.
Jim Bunning, official photo portrait, 111th Congress.jpg Jim Bunning Republican January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 1999
First 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. Senate.
Kenlucasky.jpg Ken Lucas Democratic January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2005
First elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Retired.
Geoffdavis.jpg Geoff Davis Republican January 3, 2005 –
July 31, 2012
First 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
Thomas Massie official portrait.jpg Thomas Massie Republican November 6, 2012 –
Present
First elected to finish Davis's term.
Also elected in 2012 to the next term.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.

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
Voter 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
Voter 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
Voter 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
Voter 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
Voter 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
Voter turnout  %
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 (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 84)
Geoff Davis 2005–2012 (1958-10-26) October 26, 1958 (age 59)

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Registration Statistics: By Congression District". Kentucky State Board of Elections. September 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Registration Statistics: Other Political Organizations and Groups". Kentucky State Board of Elections. September 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Kentucky Administrative Regulations 31KAR4:150". Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. November 2005. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ "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