|California's 47th congressional district|
California's 47th congressional district since January 3, 2013.
California's 47th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of California. The district is centered in Long Beach, extends into the western Orange County cities of Garden Grove, Westminster, Stanton, Los Alamitos, and Cypress, and includes Catalina Island. The district is represented by Democrat Alan Lowenthal.
Although the district's Cook Partisan Voting Index of D+13 suggests a fairly safe Democratic district, it is actually split between heavily Democratic portions of eastern Los Angeles County, centered around Long Beach, and Republican-leaning portions of western Orange County. However, the Los Angeles County portion has more than double the population of the Orange County portion (Long Beach alone accounts for half the population), pushing the district into the Democratic column.
After being reassigned to this district, the western Orange County cities explored a lawsuit to challenge being merged into a district which is dominated by a much larger city in a different county, however nothing came of it.
|Election results from statewide races|
|1992||President||Bush 45.9% - 31.0%|
|Senator||Herschensohn 58.7% - 33.7%|
|Senator (Special)||Seymour 52.3% - 39.9%|
|1994||Governor||Wilson 65.5% - 27.1%|
|Senator||Huffington 58.6% - 33.1%|
|1996||President||Dole 54.0% - 36.2%|
|1998||Governor||Lungren 54.0% - 43.1%|
|Senator||Fong 58.9% - 37.5%|
|2000||President||Bush 57.5% - 38.8%|
|Senator||Campbell 52.2% - 41.2%|
|2002||Governor||Davis 50.8% - 40.3%|
|2003||Recall||Yes 61.7% - 38.3%|
|Schwarzenegger 48.9% - 31.1%|
|2004||President||Bush 50.0% - 48.6%|
|Senator||Boxer 57.5% - 35.4%|
|2006||Governor||Schwarzenegger 53.6% - 40.3%|
|Senator||Feinstein 59.5% - 33.8%|
|2008||President||Obama 60.1% - 37.8%|
|2010||Governor||Brown 54.4% - 37.8%|
|Senator||Boxer 55.7% - 37.0%|
|2012||President||Obama 60.0% - 37.5%|
|Senator||Feinstein 61.4% - 38.6%|
|2014||Governor||Brown 56.5% - 43.5%|
|2016||President||Clinton 62.6% - 31.0%|
|Senator||Harris 57.7% - 42.3%|
|2018||Governor||Newsom 61.7% - 38.3%|
|Senator||Feinstein 55.3% - 44.7%|
District created January 3, 1993.
|Republican||January 3, 1993 -
January 3, 2003
|Redistricted from the 40th district and re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Redistricted to the 48th district.
|Democratic||January 3, 2003 -
January 3, 2013
|Redistricted from the 46th district and re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Redistricted to the 46th district.
Central Orange (Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana)
|Democratic||January 3, 2013 -
|Elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.
Orange and Los Angeles (Long Beach)
|Republican||Chris Cox (Incumbent)||165,004||64.9|
|Democratic||John F. Anwiler||76,924||30.3|
|Peace and Freedom||Maxine Bell Quirk||12,297||4.8|
|Independent||Barry Charles (write-in)||32||0.0|
|Republican||Chris Cox (Incumbent)||154,071||71.7|
|Libertarian||Victor A. Wagner, Jr.||7,257||3.3|
|Republican||Chris Cox (Incumbent)||160,078||65.7|
|Natural Law||Iris Adam||6,573||2.8|
|Republican||Chris Cox (Incumbent)||132,711||67.6|
|Libertarian||Victor A. Wagner, Jr.||2,991||1.5|
|Reform||Raymond O. Mills||1,369||0.7|
|Natural Law||Paul Fisher||1,307||0.7|
|Republican||Chris Cox (Incumbent)||181,365||65.7|
|Libertarian||David F. Nolan||8,081||2.9|
|Natural Law||Iris Adam||3,769||1.3|
|Democratic||Loretta Sanchez (Incumbent)||42,501||60.6|
|Republican||Lawrence R. Wiesner||24,346||34.7|
|Independent||Kenneth M. Valenzuela-Fisher (write-in)||382||0.5|
|Independent||Michael J. Monge (write-in)||5||0.0|
|Democratic||Loretta Sanchez (Incumbent)||65,684||60.4|
|Republican||Alexandria A. "Alex" Coronado||43,099||39.6|
|Democratic||Loretta Sanchez (Incumbent)||47,134||62.4|
|Republican||Tan D. Nguyen||28,485||37.6|
|Democratic||Loretta Sanchez (Incumbent)||85,878||69.5|
|Republican||Rosemarie "Rosie" Avila||31,432||25.4|
|American Independent||Robert Lauten||6,274||5.1|
|Democratic||Loretta Sanchez (Incumbent)||50,832||53.0|
|Democratic||Alan Lowenthal (Incumbent)||69,061||56.0|
|Democratic||Alan Lowenthal (Incumbent)||154,759||63.7|
|Democratic||Alan Lowenthal (Incumbent)||143,354||64.9|
As of September 2019, there are two former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 47th congressional district that are currently living.
|Representative||Term in office||Date of birth (and age)|
|Christopher Cox||1993-2003||October 16, 1952|
|Loretta Sanchez||2003-2013||January 7, 1960|
From 2003 through 2013, the district consisted of many of Orange County's central suburbs, including Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana. Due to redistricting after the 2010 United States Census, the district has moved west to parts of Los Angeles County and now includes Catalina and San Clemente islands. The district also retains parts of Orange County such as Garden Grove.
California's 47th congressional district was the scene of a congressional election (won by a deceased Democratic challenger), and later a congressional special election (won by the Republican incumbent), featured in several episodes of the political drama The West Wing. However, in that context, several Orange County place names were referenced that are not within the current boundaries of the district, such as the city of Newport Beach. Many of these places are currently located in the 46th and 48th districts.