Texas's 4th congressional district

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Texas's 4th congressional district
Texas US Congressional District 4 (since 2013).tif
Texas's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  John Ratcliffe
RHeath
Distribution
  • 48.85[1]% urban
  • 51.15% rural
Population (2017)747,188[2]
Median income$56,062[2]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+28[3]

Texas District 4 of the United States House of Representatives is a Congressional district that serves an area of Northeast Texas, that includes some counties along the Red River northeast of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. As of 2017, District 4 represents 747,188 people who are predominantly white (80.8 percent) and middle-class (median family income is US$56,062, compared to $50,046 nationwide).[2]

District[edit]

All or portions of the following counties are currently in the 4th congressional district:[4]

History[edit]

Texas has had at least four congressional districts since the state was readmitted to the Union after the Civil War. The district’s current seat dates from 1903; only five men have represented it since then.

Once a reliably Democratic district, the district swung rapidly into the Republican column as Dallas’ suburbs spilled into the western portion of the district. In fact, it has not supported a Democrat for president since 1964, nor did a Democrat file to run in the district in either the 2014 or 2016 elections. However, even as late as 1996, Bill Clinton carried ten of the sixteen counties currently in this district; many of those counties were in District 1 at the time. For many years, it was based in Tyler, but a controversial 2003 redistricting orchestrated by then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay drew it and neighboring Longview out of District 4 and into neighboring District 1 which made District 1 significantly more Republican. In the process, District 4 was pushed slightly to the north, picking up Texarkana from District 1.

Ralph Hall, the one-time dean of the Texas congressional delegation, represented the district from 1981 to 2015. Originally a Democrat, he became a Republican in 2004. Hall’s voting record had been very conservative even by Texas Democratic standards, which served him well as the district abandoned its Democratic roots. By the turn of the century, he was the only elected Democrat above the county level in much of the district. He had been rumored as a party switcher for some time, and many experts believed his district was almost certain to be taken over by a Republican anyway once he retired.

Hall was defeated in the 2014 Republican primary by John Ratcliffe, a former United States Attorney and the former mayor of Heath, near Hall’s hometown of Rockwall. No Democrat even filed, though the district is so heavily Republican that any Democratic candidate would have faced nearly impossible odds in any event. Ratcliffe took office in January 2015, becoming only the fifth person to hold the seat.

The district’s best-known congressman was Sam Rayburn, the longtime Speaker of the House.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in the fourth district.

2012 redistricting[edit]

After the 2012 redistricting process, a large portion of Collin County had been removed, and replaced with the portion of Cass County that had been in Texas's 1st congressional district, all of Marion County, and a large portion of Upshur County.[4]

Election results from recent presidential races[edit]

Year Result
2000 Bush 66 - 34%
2004 Bush 70 - 29%
2008 McCain 69 - 30%
2012[5] Romney 74 - 25%
2016[5] Trump 75 - 22%

List of members representing the district[edit]

The district was created in 1869, one of two new districts that Texas gained after the 1860 Census, but was not filled due to the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Name Party Years Cong
ess
Electoral history
American Civil War/Reconstruction
Edward Degener.jpg
Edward Degener
Republican March 31, 1870 –
March 3, 1871
41st [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
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John Hancock
Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1875
42nd
43rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 5th district.
Roger Q. Mills - Brady-Handy.jpg
Roger Q. Mills
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1883
44th
45th
46th
47th
Redistricted from the At-large district.
Redistricted to the 9th district.
D.B. Culberson.jpg
David B. Culberson
Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1897
48th
49th
50th
51st
52nd
53rd
54th
Redistricted from the 2nd district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
John W. Cranford Democratic March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1899
55th
56th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant March 3, 1899 –
March 3, 1899
John Levi Sheppard.jpg
John Levi Sheppard
Democratic March 4, 1899 –
October 11, 1902
56th
57th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant October 11, 1902 –
November 15, 1902
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Morris Sheppard
Democratic November 15, 1902 –
March 3, 1903
57th [Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 1st district.
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Choice B. Randell
Democratic March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1913
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
Redistricted from the 5th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Sam Rayburn
Democratic March 4, 1913 –
November 16, 1961
63rd
64th
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
74th
75th
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant November 16, 1961 –
January 30, 1962
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Ray Roberts
Democratic January 30, 1962 –
January 3, 1981
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
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Ralph Hall
Democratic January 3, 1981 –
January 5, 2004
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
Elected in 1980.
Lost renomination.
Republican January 5, 2004 –
January 3, 2015
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
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John Ratcliffe
Republican January 3, 2015 –
present
114th
115th
116th
Elected in 2014.

Recent elections[edit]

2004[edit]

US House election, 2004: Texas District 4[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ralph Hall 182,866 68.2
Democratic Jim Nickerson 81,585 30.4
Libertarian Kevin D. Anderson 3,491 1.3
Total votes 267,942
Republican hold

2006[edit]

US House election, 2006: Texas District 4[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ralph Hall 106,495 64.43
Democratic Glenn Melancon 55,278 33.34
Libertarian Kurt G. Helm 3,496 2.11
Total votes 165,269
Republican hold

2008[edit]

US House election, 2008: Texas District 4[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ralph Hall 206,906 68.79
Democratic Glenn Melancon 88,067 29.28
Libertarian Fred Annett 5,771 1.91
Total votes 300,744
Republican hold

2010[edit]

US House election, 2010: Texas District 4[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ralph Hall 136,338 73.18
Democratic VaLinda Hathcox 40,975 21.99
Libertarian Jim D. Prindle 4,729 2.53
Independent Shane Shepard 4,224 2.27
Total votes 186,286
Republican hold

2012[edit]

US House election, 2012: Texas District 4[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ralph Hall 182,679 72.97
Democratic VaLinda Hathcox 60,214 24.05
Libertarian Thomas Griffing 7,262 2.90
Write-in Fred Rostek 188 0.08
Total votes 250,343
Republican hold

2014[edit]

US House election, 2014: Texas District 4[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Ratcliffe 115,085 100.00
Total votes 115,085
Republican hold

2016[edit]

US House election, 2016: Texas District 4[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Ratcliffe 216,643 87.99
Libertarian Cody Wommack 29,577 12.01
Total votes 246,220
Republican hold

2018[edit]

US House election, 2018: Texas District 4[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Ratcliffe 188,667 75.7
Democratic Catherine Krantz 57,400 23.0
Libertarian Ken Ashby 3,178 1.3
Total votes 249,245 100.0
Republican hold

Living former members of the House[edit]

As of October 2019, there are no living former members of the House from the district. The most recent to die was Ralph Hall (served 1981–2015) on March 7, 2019.

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2007 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TEXAS CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS BY URBAN AND RURAL POPULATION AND LAND AREA". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  2. ^ a b c Bureau, Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  3. ^ "Arranged by State District" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-11-26.
  4. ^ a b http://gis1.tlc.state.tx.us/
  5. ^ a b "Introducing the 2017 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index". The Cook Political Report. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  6. ^ Office of the Secretary of State (November 2, 2004). "Race Summary Report". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  7. ^ Office of the Secretary of State (November 7, 2006). "Race Summary Report". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  8. ^ Office of the Secretary of State (November 4, 2008). "Race Summary Report". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  9. ^ Office of the Secretary of State (November 2, 2010). "Race Summary Report". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  10. ^ Office of the Secretary of State (November 6, 2012). "Race Summary Report". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  11. ^ Office of the Secretary of State (November 4, 2014). "Race Summary Report". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  12. ^ Office of the Secretary of State (November 8, 2016). "Race Summary Report". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  13. ^ Office of the Secretary of State (November 6, 2018). "Race Summary Report". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Alabama's 7th congressional district
Home district of the Speaker of the House
September 16, 1940 – January 3, 1947
Succeeded by
Massachusetts's 14th congressional district
Preceded by
Massachusetts's 14th congressional district
Home district of the Speaker of the House
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1953
Succeeded by
Massachusetts's 14th congressional district
Preceded by
Massachusetts's 14th congressional district
Home district of the Speaker of the House
January 3, 1955 – November 16, 1961
Succeeded by
Massachusetts's 12th congressional district

Coordinates: 33°18′19″N 95°25′17″W / 33.30528°N 95.42139°W / 33.30528; -95.42139