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Louisiana's 4th Congressional District
Louisiana's 4th congressional district
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Louisiana's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
Distribution
  • 58.65[1]% urban
  • 41.35% rural
Population (2016)753,181[2]
Median income$37,102[3]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+13[4]

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

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. It is white majority. McCrery was elected in 1996 to this seat.

Recent presidential elections

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Bush 55 - 43%
2004 President Bush 59 - 40%
2008 President McCain 59 - 40%
2012 President Romney 59 - 40%
2016 President Trump 61 - 37%

List of members representing the district

Name Party Years Cong
ress
District residence Electoral history
District created March 4, 1843
Pierre Bossier Democratic March 4, 1843 -
April 24, 1844
28th Natchitoches [Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant April 24, 1844 -
December 2, 1844
Isaac Edward Morse Democratic December 2, 1844 -
March 3, 1851
28th
29th
30th
31st
St. Martinville [Data unknown/missing.]
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John Moore
Whig March 4, 1851 -
March 3, 1853
32nd Franklin [Data unknown/missing.]
Roland Jones Democratic March 4, 1853 -
March 3, 1855
33rd Shreveport [Data unknown/missing.]
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John M. Sandidge
Democratic March 4, 1855 -
March 3, 1859
34th
35th
Bossier City [Data unknown/missing.]
John M. Landrum Democratic March 4, 1859 -
March 3, 1861
36th Shreveport [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
Civil War and Reconstruction
Michel Vidal Republican July 18, 1868 -
March 3, 1869
40th Opelousas [Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned to become U.S. consul to Tripoli, Libya.
Vacant March 4, 1869 -
May 23, 1870
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Joseph P. Newsham
Republican May 23, 1870 -
March 3, 1871
41st St. Francisville Successfully contested election of Michael Ryan
Retired.
James McCleery Republican March 4, 1871 -
November 5, 1871
42nd Shreveport [Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant November 5, 1871 -
December 3, 1872
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Alexander Boarman
Liberal Republican December 3, 1872 -
March 3, 1873
42nd Shreveport [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
Vacant March 4, 1873 -
November 24, 1873
  Representative-elect Samuel Peters died before the term began.
George Luke Smith Republican November 24, 1873 -
March 3, 1875
43rd Shreveport Elected to finish Peters's term.
William Mallory Levy Democratic March 4, 1875 -
March 3, 1877
44th Natchitoches [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
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Joseph Barton Elam
Democratic March 4, 1877 -
March 3, 1881
45th
46th
Mansfield [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired due to injuries.
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Newton C. Blanchard
Democratic March 4, 1881 -
March 12, 1894
47th
48th
49th
50th
51st
52nd
53rd
Shreveport [Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned when appointed to the United States Senate.
Vacant March 12, 1894 -
May 12, 1894
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Henry Warren Ogden
Democratic May 12, 1894 -
March 3, 1899
53rd
54th
55th
Benton [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to return to farming.
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Phanor Breazeale
Democratic March 4, 1899 -
March 3, 1905
56th
57th
58th
Natchitoches [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
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John T. Watkins
Democratic March 4, 1905 -
March 3, 1921
59th
60th
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
65th
66th
Minden [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
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John N. Sandlin
Democratic March 4, 1921 -
January 3, 1937
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
74th
Minden [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
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Overton Brooks
Democratic January 3, 1937 -
September 16, 1961
75th
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
Shreveport [Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant September 16, 1961 -
December 19, 1961
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Joe Waggonner Jr.
Democratic December 19, 1961 -
January 3, 1979
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
Plain Dealing [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
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Buddy Leach
Democratic January 3, 1979 -
January 3, 1981
96th Leesville [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
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Buddy Roemer
Democratic[5] January 3, 1981 -
March 14, 1988
97th
98th
99th
100th
Bossier City [Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned to become Governor of Louisiana.
Vacant March 14, 1988 -
April 16, 1988
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Jim McCrery
Republican April 16, 1988 -
January 3, 1993
100th
101st
102nd
Shreveport Elected to finish Roemer's term.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Redistricted to the 5th district.
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Cleo Fields
Democratic January 3, 1993 -
January 3, 1997
103rd
104th
Baton Rouge Elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Retired when gerrymandered district was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court
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Jim McCrery
Republican January 3, 1997 -
January 3, 2009
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
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.
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John C. Fleming
Republican January 3, 2009 -
January 3, 2017
111th
112th
113th
114th
Minden Elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
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Mike Johnson
Republican January 3, 2017 -
present
115th
116th
Benton Elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.

Recent election results

2002

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
Turnout
Republican hold

2004

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

2006

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
Turnout
Republican hold

2008

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
Turnout
Republican hold

2010

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
Turnout
Republican hold

2012

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
Turnout 67.8
Republican hold

2014

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
Turnout 51
Republican hold

2016

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

Living former Members

As of January 2017, there are five living former members. The most recent representative to die was Joe Waggonner (served 1961-1979) on October 7, 2007.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Claude Leach 1979-1981 (1934-03-30) March 30, 1934 (age 85)
Buddy Roemer 1981-1988 (1943-10-04) October 4, 1943 (age 76)
Jim McCrery 1988-1993
1997-2009
(1949-09-18) September 18, 1949 (age 70)
Cleo Fields 1993-1997 (1962-11-22) November 22, 1962 (age 56)
John Fleming 2009-2017 (1951-07-05) July 5, 1951 (age 68)

Historical district boundaries

2003 - 2013

See also

References

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/cd_state.html
  2. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=22&cd=04
  3. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=22&cd=04
  4. ^ "Partisan Voting Index - Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ 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


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