South Carolina's 4th congressional district

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South Carolina's 4th congressional district
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South Carolina's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Trey Gowdy (RGreenville)
Population (2010) 709,631[1]
Median income 39,417
Ethnicity
Cook PVI R+15[2]

The 4th Congressional District of South Carolina is a congressional district in upstate South Carolina bordering North Carolina. It includes parts of Greenville and Spartanburg counties. The district is characterized by the two major cities of Greenville and Spartanburg.

The district is the state's wealthiest district and one of its most conservative. In the late 20th century, it has been in Republican hands since 1979, aside from a six-year stint by Democrat Liz J. Patterson, the daughter of former Senator Olin Johnston. Even before the Republicans finally took control of the seat, the 4th had been a rather conservative district. Like in most of the state, the old-line Southern Democrats began splitting their tickets as early as the 1940s. However, this area's white conservatives became increasingly willing to support Republicans at the state and local level as early as the 1970s, well before the rest of the state swung Republican. The district is a major destination for Presidential candidates in election years, as South Carolina is one of the first states to hold a Presidential primary.

Republican Trey Gowdy has represented the district since 2011. In January 2018, however, he announced he would not run for re-election that November.

History[edit]

From 2003 to 2013 the district included all of Spartanburg and Union counties and parts of Greenville and Laurens counties.

List of representatives[edit]

Name Years Party District Residence Electoral history
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Thomas Sumter
Anti-Administration March 4, 1789 –
March 3, 1793
[Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.]
Richard Winn Anti-Administration March 4, 1793 –
March 3, 1795
[Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.]
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1797
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Thomas Sumter
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1797 –
December 15, 1801
[Data unknown/missing.] Resigned after being elected U.S. Senator.
Vacant December 15, 1801 –
January 24, 1802
Richard Winn Democratic-Republican January 24, 1802 –
March 3, 1803
[Data unknown/missing.] Redistricted to the 5th district
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Wade Hampton
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1805
Columbia [Data unknown/missing.]
O'Brien Smith Democratic-Republican March 4, 1805 –
March 3, 1807
Jacksonboro [Data unknown/missing.]
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John Taylor
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1807 –
December 30, 1810
Columbia Resigned.
Vacant December 30, 1810 –
March 4, 1811
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William Lowndes
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1811 –
March 3, 1813
Charleston Redistricted to the 2nd district
John J. Chappell Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 –
March 3, 1817
Columbia [Data unknown/missing.]
Joseph Bellinger Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1819
Barnwell [Data unknown/missing.]
James Overstreet Democratic-Republican March 4, 1819 –
May 24, 1822
Barnwell Died.
Vacant May 24, 1822 –
December 4, 1822
Andrew R. Govan Democratic-Republican December 4, 1822 –
March 3, 1823
Orangeburg [Data unknown/missing.]
Jacksonian D-R March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
[Data unknown/missing.]
Jackson March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1827
[Data unknown/missing.]
William D. Martin Jackson March 4, 1827 –
March 3, 1831
Coosawhatchie [Data unknown/missing.]
John M. Felder Jackson March 4, 1831 –
March 3, 1833
Orangeburg [Data unknown/missing.]
Nullifier March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1835
[Data unknown/missing.]
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James H. Hammond
Nullifier March 4, 1835 –
February 26, 1836
Newberry Resigned.
Vacant February 26, 1836 –
December 10, 1836
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Franklin H. Elmore
Nullifier December 10, 1836 –
March 3, 1839
Walterboro [Data unknown/missing.]
Sampson H. Butler Democratic March 4, 1839 –
September 27, 1842
Charleston Resigned.
Vacant September 27, 1842 –
December 17, 1842
Samuel W. Trotti Democratic December 17, 1842 –
March 3, 1843
[Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.]
John Campbell Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
Parnassus Redistricted from the 3rd district
Alexander D. Sims Democratic March 4, 1845 –
November 22, 1848
Darlington Died.
Vacant November 22, 1848 –
February 12, 1849
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John McQueen
Democratic February 12, 1849 –
March 3, 1853
Society Hill Redistricted to the 1st district
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Preston S. Brooks
Democratic March 4, 1853 –
July 15, 1856
Edgefield Resigned.
Vacant July 15, 1856 –
August 1, 1856
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Preston S. Brooks
Democratic August 1, 1856 –
January 28, 1857
Edgefield Re-elected to finish his vacant term.

Died.
Vacant January 28, 1857 –
March 4, 1857
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Milledge L. Bonham
Democratic March 4, 1857 –
December 21, 1860
Edgefield Retired.
Civil War - Reconstruction
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James H. Goss
Republican July 18, 1868 –
March 3, 1869
Union [Data unknown/missing.]
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Alexander S. Wallace
Republican May 27, 1870 –
March 3, 1877
York Successfully contested election of William D. Simpson
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John H. Evins
Democratic March 4, 1877 –
October 20, 1884
Spartanburg Died.
Vacant October 20, 1884 –
December 8, 1884
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John Bratton
Democratic December 8, 1884 –
March 3, 1885
Winnsboro [Data unknown/missing.]
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William H. Perry
Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1891
Greenville [Data unknown/missing.]
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George W. Shell
Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1895
Laurens [Data unknown/missing.]
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Stanyarne Wilson
Democratic March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1901
Spartanburg [Data unknown/missing.]
Joseph T. Johnson Democratic March 4, 1901 –
April 19, 1915
Spartanburg Resigned.
Vacant April 19, 1915 –
September 14, 1915
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Samuel J. Nicholls
Democratic September 14, 1915 –
March 3, 1921
Spartanburg [Data unknown/missing.]
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John J. McSwain
Democratic March 4, 1921 –
August 6, 1936
Greenville Died.
Vacant August 6, 1936 –
November 3, 1936
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Gabriel H. Mahon Jr.
Democratic November 3, 1936 –
January 3, 1939
Greenville [Data unknown/missing.]
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Joseph R. Bryson
Democratic January 3, 1939 –
March 10, 1953
Greenville Died.
Vacant March 10, 1953 –
June 2, 1953
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Robert T. Ashmore
Democratic June 2, 1953 –
January 3, 1969
Greenville [Data unknown/missing.]
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James R. Mann
Democratic January 3, 1969 –
January 3, 1979
Greenville [Data unknown/missing.]
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Carroll A. Campbell Jr.
Republican January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1987
Fountain Inn [Data unknown/missing.]
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Liz J. Patterson
Democratic January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 1993
Spartanburg [Data unknown/missing.]
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Bob Inglis
Republican January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1999
Greenville [Data unknown/missing.]
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Jim DeMint
Republican January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2005
Greenville [Data unknown/missing.]
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Bob Inglis
Republican January 3, 2005 –
January 3, 2011
Travelers Rest Lost re-election.
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Trey Gowdy
Republican January 3, 2011 –
Present
Spartanburg Incumbent

Historical district boundaries[edit]

1995 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SC4 District 4 Profile" (PDF). US Census. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 

Coordinates: 34°56′N 82°07′W / 34.93°N 82.12°W / 34.93; -82.12