Utah's 4th congressional district

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Utah's 4th congressional district
Utah's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Utah's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Mia Love (RSaratoga Springs)
Population (2010) 745,786 [1]
Ethnicity 83.7% White, 1.67% Black, 2.99% Asian, 16.45% Hispanic, .76% Native American, 7.17% other
Cook PVI R+14

Utah's 4th congressional district is a new congressional district created by the state legislature as a result of reapportionment by Congress after the 2010 Census showed population increases in the state relative to other states.[2] Prior to 2010 reapportionment, Utah had three congressional districts.[2]

Some 85 percent of the new district is concentrated in Salt Lake County and it includes a portion of Salt Lake City, which was divided among the four districts; it also includes parts of Utah County, Juab County, and Sanpete County.[3][4][5][6] Candidates first appeared on the 2012 ballot.

As a result of redistricting, the 2012 party candidates included Democratic U.S. Congressman Jim Matheson, who had previously represented Utah's 2nd congressional district 2001–2013. The Republican nominee was Mia Love, mayor of Saratoga Springs and running for Congress for the first time. She is American-born and the daughter of Haitian immigrants. She won the Republican nomination in 2012 over two state representatives, Stephen Sandstrom and Carl Wimmer, at the Republican state convention.

Democratic candidate Matheson narrowly won the election against Love on November 6, 2012, and represented Utah's 4th Congressional District until January 2015.[7] He decided not to seek re-election.[8]

Mia Love ran again for the seat in 2014 and won in the general election, defeating Democratic candidate Doug Owens. She is the first Haitian American and the first black female Republican elected to Congress, and the first black woman elected to Congress from Utah.

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years Congress District Home Electoral history
District created January 3, 2013
Mathesonbio.jpg Jim Matheson Democratic January 3, 2013 –
January 3, 2015
113th Salt Lake City Redistricted from the 2nd district and re-elected in 2012.
Mia Love official portrait.jpg Mia Love Republican January 3, 2015 –
114th Saratoga Springs Elected in 2014.

Election results[edit]

2012 election results[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Matheson (incumbent) 119,803 48.84
Republican Mia Love 119,035 48.53
Libertarian Jim L. Vein 6,439 2.63
Total votes 245,277 100.0
Democratic hold
2014 election results [10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mia Love 64,390 50.04
Democratic Doug Owens 60,165 46.75
Libertarian Jim L. Vein 1,154 0.90
Total votes 125,709 97.7
Republican gain from Democratic


  1. ^ "My congressional district". Bureau of Census. 
  2. ^ a b "Census 2010 shows Red states gaining congressional districts". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ "District Map of Congressional Voting Districts for Utah". Utah.gov. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ Gehrke, Robert (December 15, 2011). "Matheson will run in newly created 4th District". The Salt Lake Tribune. 
  5. ^ Gehrke, Robert (November 20, 2012). "Matheson holds on to win by whisker, but Utah GOP questions results". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ "2012 General Election Canvass Report". Election Results 2012. Utah Lieutenant Governor's Office. November 2012. p. 4. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ Reilly, Mollie (November 7, 2012). "Election Results". Huffington Post. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ Livingston, Abby (December 17, 2013). "Democrat Jim Matheson Announces Retirement". Roll Call. 
  9. ^ 2012 Preliminary Election Results, Clerk of the House
  10. ^ "Preliminary Election Results, 2014, State of Utah

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Coordinates: 40°40′12″N 111°55′48″W / 40.6700°N 111.9300°W / 40.6700; -111.9300