Louisiana's 4th congressional district

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Louisiana's 4th congressional district
Louisiana US Congressional District 4 (since 2013).tif
Louisiana's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Mike Johnson (RBenton)
Distribution
  • 59.24% urban
  • 40.76% rural
Population (2000) 638,466
Median income 31,085
Ethnicity
Cook PVI R+13[1]

Louisiana's 4th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The district is located in the northwestern part of the state and is based in Shreveport-Bossier City. It also includes the cities of Minden, DeRidder, and Natchitoches.

The district is represented by Republican Mike Johnson.

History[edit]

The 4th Congressional District was created in 1843, the first new district in the state in 20 years. It was gained after the 1840 U.S. Census.

For most of the next 150 years, the 4th was centered on Shreveport and northwestern Louisiana. However, in 1993, Louisiana lost a congressional district. Based on population figures, the state legislature shifted most of Shreveport's white residents into the 5th Congressional District. Republican Jim McCrery ran for election in the new 5th and won, defeating Democrat Jerry Huckaby, who represented the old 5th for eight terms.

Meanwhile, the 4th was reconfigured as a 63-percent African American-majority district stretching in a roughly "Z" shape from Shreveport to Baton Rouge. Democrat Cleo Fields was elected for two terms as the representative of the 4th Congressional District. When the Supreme Court of the United States invalidated the boundaries of the new 4th Congressional District as unconstitutional, the Louisiana legislature redrew the District to encompass most of Northwest Louisiana, closely resembling its pre-1993 configuration. McCrery was elected in 1996 to this seat.

List of representatives[edit]

Name Years Party District residence Notes
District created March 4, 1843
No image.svg Pierre Bossier Democratic March 4, 1843 –
April 24, 1844
Natchitoches Died.
Vacant April 24, 1844 –
December 2, 1844
No image.svg Isaac Edward Morse Democratic December 2, 1844 –
March 3, 1851
St. Martinville [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
John Moore Louisiana.jpg John Moore Whig March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1853
Franklin [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Roland Jones Democratic March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
Shreveport [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
JohnMSandidge.jpg John M. Sandidge Democratic March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1859
Bossier City [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg John M. Landrum Democratic March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1861
Shreveport Retired.
Civil War and Reconstruction
No image.svg Michel Vidal Republican July 18, 1868 –
March 3, 1869
Opelousas Resigned to become U.S. consul to Tripoli, Libya.
Vacant March 4, 1869 –
May 23, 1870
JPNewsham.jpg Joseph P. Newsham Republican May 23, 1870 –
March 3, 1871
St. Francisville Successfully contested election of Michael Ryan
Retired.
No image.svg James McCleery Republican March 4, 1871 –
November 5, 1871
Shreveport Died.
Vacant November 5, 1871 –
December 3, 1872
AlexanderBoarman.jpg Alexander Boarman Liberal Republican December 3, 1872 –
March 3, 1873
Shreveport Retired.
Vacant March 4, 1873 –
November 24, 1873
  Representative-elect Samuel Peters died before the term began.
No image.svg George Luke Smith Republican November 24, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
Shreveport Elected to finish Peters's term.
No image.svg William Mallory Levy Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
Natchitoches Lost renomination..
JosephBartonElam.jpg Joseph Barton Elam Democratic March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1881
Mansfield Retired due to injuries.
Newton Crain Blanchard.jpg Newton C. Blanchard Democratic March 4, 1881 –
March 12, 1894
Shreveport Resigned when appointed to the United States Senate.
Vacant March 12, 1894 –
May 12, 1894
HenryWarrenOgden.jpg Henry Warren Ogden Democratic May 12, 1894 –
March 3, 1899
Benton Retired to return to farming.
PhanorBreazeale.jpg Phanor Breazeale Democratic March 4, 1899 –
March 3, 1905
Natchitoches Lost renomination.
John T. Watkins.jpg John T. Watkins Democratic March 4, 1905 –
March 3, 1921
Minden Lost renomination.
JohnNSandlin.jpg John N. Sandlin Democratic March 4, 1921 –
January 3, 1937
Minden Retired to run for U.S. Senate.
Overton Brooks.jpg Overton Brooks Democratic January 3, 1937 –
September 16, 1961
Shreveport Died.
Vacant September 16, 1961 –
December 19, 1961
Joe Waggonner.jpg Joe Waggonner, Jr. Democratic December 19, 1961 –
January 3, 1979
Plain Dealing Retired.
Buddy Leach.png Buddy Leach Democratic January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1981
Leesville Lost renomination.
Buddy Roemer by Gage Skidmore.jpg Buddy Roemer Democratic[2] January 3, 1981 –
March 14, 1988
Bossier City Resigned to become Governor of Louisiana.
Vacant March 14, 1988 –
April 16, 1988
Jim McCrery.jpg Jim McCrery Republican April 16, 1988 –
January 3, 1993
Shreveport First elected to finish Roemer's term.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Redistricted to 5th district.
Cleo Fields.jpg Cleo Fields Democratic January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1997
Baton Rouge First elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Retired when gerrymandered district was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court
Jim McCrery.jpg Jim McCrery Republican January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2009
Shreveport Redistricted from the 5th district and elected here in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Retired.
John flemming.jpg John C. Fleming Republican January 3, 2009 –
January 3, 2017
Minden First elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Retired to run for U.S. Senate.
Mike Johnson official photo (cropped).jpg Mike Johnson Republican January 3, 2017 –
present
Benton Elected in 2016.

Recent election results[edit]

2002[edit]

Louisiana's 4th Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim McCrery* 114,649 71.61
Democratic John Milkovich 42,340 26.45
Libertarian Bill Jacobs 3,104 1.94
Total votes 160,093 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2004[edit]

Louisiana's 4th Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim McCrery* ' 100.00
Total votes ' 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2006[edit]

Louisiana's 4th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim McCrery* 77,078 57.40
Democratic Artis R. Cash, Sr. 22,757 16.95
Democratic Patti Cox 17,788 13.25
Republican Chester T. "Catfish" Kelley 16,649 12.40
Total votes 134,272 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2008[edit]

Louisiana's 4th Congressional District Election (December 6, 2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John C. Fleming 44,501 48.07
Democratic Paul Carmouche 44,151 47.69
Independent Chester T. "Catfish" Kelley 3,245 3.51
Independent Gerard J. Bowen 675 0.73
Total votes 92,572 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2010[edit]

Louisiana's 4th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John C. Fleming* 105,223 62.34
Democratic David Melville 54,609 32.35
Independent Artis R. Cash, Sr. 8,962 5.31
Total votes 168,794 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2012[edit]

Louisiana's 4th Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John C. Fleming* 187,894 75
Libertarian Randall Lord 61,637 25
Total votes 249,531 100.00
Voter turnout 67.8%
Republican hold

2014[edit]

Louisiana's 4th Congressional District Election (2014)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John C. Fleming* 152,683 73
Libertarian Randall Lord 55,236 27
Total votes 207,919 100.00
Voter turnout 51%
Republican hold

2016[edit]

Louisiana's 4th Congressional District Election (2016)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Johnson 70,580 25
Democratic Marshall Jones 80,593 28
Republican Ralph "Trey" Baucum 50,412 18
Republican Elbert Guillory 21,017 7
No Party Mark David Halverson 3,149 1
Republican Oliver Jenkins 44,521 16
Republican "Rick" John 13,220 5
No Party Kenneth J. Krefft 2,493 1
Total votes 285,985 100.00
Voter turnout 66.6%
Louisiana's 4th Congressional District Election (2016 Runoff)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Johnson* 87,370 65
Democratic Marshall Jones 46,579 35
Total votes 138,433 100.00
Voter turnout 28.1%
Republican hold

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. ^ Roemer switched to the Republicans in 1991 while serving as governor. See ROEMER, Charles Elson (Buddy), III - Biographical Information.

Coordinates: 31°47′31″N 93°10′47″W / 31.79194°N 93.17972°W / 31.79194; -93.17972