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Massachusetts's 4th Congressional District
Massachusetts's 4th congressional district
Massachusetts US Congressional District 4 (since 2013).tif
Massachusetts's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
Median income$100,742[1]
Cook PVID+9[2]

Massachusetts's 4th congressional district is located mostly in southern Massachusetts. It is represented by Democrat Joseph P. Kennedy III.

The district covers much of the area included in the 10th district before the 1982 redistricting. In prior years, the district stretched from Brookline to Fitchburg. The shape of the district underwent some changes effective from the elections of 2012, after Massachusetts congressional redistricting to reflect the 2010 census.[3] Most of Plymouth County and the South Coast are included in the new 9th district. The new 4th district has expanded westward to include towns along the Rhode Island border that had been in the old 3rd district.

For a very brief time (1793-95) it represented part of the District of Maine.

Election results from presidential races

Year Office Result
2000 President Gore 65 - 29%
2004 President Kerry 65 - 33%
2008 President Obama 60.4 - 38%
2012 President Obama 57.2 - 41.3%
2016 President Clinton 59.2 - 35%

Cities and towns in the district

In Bristol County:

Attleboro, Berkley, Dighton, Easton, Fall River: Ward 4, Precinct C; Ward 5, Precinct B1 and C; Ward 6, Precinct C1; and Wards 7, 8, and 9, Freetown, Mansfield, North Attleborough, Norton, Raynham: Precincts 1A, 2A, 3, and 4, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea, and Taunton.

In Middlesex County:

Hopkinton, and Newton.

In Norfolk County:

Bellingham: Precincts 1, 2, 3, and 4, Brookline, Dover, Foxborough, Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Needham, Norfolk, Plainville, Sharon, Wellesley, and Wrentham.

In Plymouth County:

Lakeville.

In Worcester County:

Hopedale, and Milford.

Cities and towns in the district prior to 2013

1840s

"The towns of Acton, Ashby, Bedford, Boxborough, Burlington, Cambridge, Charlestown, Concord, Framingham, Hopkinton, Lexington, Lincoln, Marlborough, Pepperell, Shirley, Somerville, Stow, Sudbury, Townsend, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, West Cambridge, Weston and Woburn, in the County of Middlesex, and the towns of Berlin, Bolton, Boylston, Fitchburg, Harvard, Lancaster, Leominster, Lunenburg, Northboro', Shrewsbury, Southborough, Sterling, and Westborough, in the County of Worcester."[4]

1850s

"The city of Roxbury, and the town of Brookline, in the county of Norfolk; and the wards numbered seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, and twelve, in the city of Boston, in the county of Suffolk."[5]

1860s

Boston (Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9), Cambridge, Chelsea.[6]

1870s

Boston (Wards 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12), Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop.[7]

1880s-1900s

1910s

"Worcester County: City of Worcester; towns of Auburn, Blackstone Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Northbridge, Shrewsbury, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, and Westboro. Middlesex County: Town of Hopkinton."[8]

1920s-1930s

1940s

In Middlesex County: Ashland, Framingham, Hopkinton, Sudbury, Waltham, Wayland, Weston. In Worcester County: Auburn, Berlin, Boylston, Grafton, Holden, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Sterling, Westborough, West Boylston, Worcester.[9]

1950s-1960s

1970s

"Middlesex County: Cities of Newton and Waltham. Towns of Ayer, Framingham, Lincoln, Maynard, Shirley, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, and Weston. Norfolk County: Town of Brookline. Worcester County: Cities of Fitchburg, Gardner, and Leominster. Towns of Bolton, Harvard, Lancaster, Lunenburg, and Westminster."[10]

2003 to 2013

The district from 2003 to 2013

In Bristol County:

Acushnet, Berkley, Dartmouth, Dighton, Fairhaven, Fall River: Ward 4, Precinct C; Ward 5, Precinct C; Ward 6, Precinct A; Ward 7; Ward 8, Precincts A-C; Ward 9, Freetown, Mansfield, New Bedford, Norton, Raynham, Taunton, Westport.

In Middlesex County:

Newton, Sherborn.

In Norfolk County:

Brookline, Dover, Foxborough, Millis, Norfolk, Sharon, Wellesley.

In Plymouth County:

Halifax, Lakeville, Marion, Mattapoisett, Middleborough, Rochester, Wareham.

List of members representing the district

Member Party Years Cong
ress
District home Electoral history District location
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Theodore Sedgwick
Pro-Administration March 4, 1789 -
March 3, 1793
1st
2nd
Stockbridge Elected in 1789.
Re-elected in 1790.
Redistricted to the 2nd district.
Berkshire County
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Henry Dearborn
Anti-Administration March 4, 1793 -
March 3, 1795
(General ticket)
3rd Gardiner, Maine Elected in 1793. on the second ballot]] as part of a three-seat general ticket, representing the district from Lincoln, Hancock, and Washington Counties.
Redistricted to the 12th district.
District of Maine
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Peleg Wadsworth
Pro-Administration Portland, Maine Elected in 1793. on the third ballot]] as part of a three-seat general ticket, representing the district from Cumberland County.
Redistricted to the 13th district.
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George Thatcher
Pro-Administration Biddeford, Maine Redistricted from the 8th district and re-elected in 1792 as part of a three-seat general ticket, representing the district from York County.
Redistricted to the 14th district.
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Dwight Foster
Federalist March 4, 1795 -
June 6, 1800
4th
5th
6th
Brookfield Redistricted from the 2nd district and re-elected in 1794.
Re-elected in 1796.
Re-elected in 1798.
Resigned when elected U.S. Senator.
"4th Western district"
Vacant June 6, 1800 -
December 15, 1800
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Levi Lincoln Sr.
Democratic-Republican December 15, 1800 -
March 5, 1801
6th Worcester Elected in 1800.
Later elected to finish Foster's term.
Resigned to become U.S. Attorney General.
Vacant March 5, 1801 -
August 24, 1801
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Seth Hastings
Federalist August 24, 1801 -
March 3, 1803
7th Mendon Elected to finish Lincoln's term
Seated January 11, 1802.[11]
Redistricted to the 10th district.
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Joseph Bradley Varnum
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 -
June 29, 1811
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Dracut Redistricted from the 9th district and re-elected in 1802.
Re-elected in 1804.
Re-elected in 1804.
Re-elected in 1806.
Re-elected in 1808.
Re-elected in 1810.
Resigned on election to U.S. Senate.
"Middlesex district"
Vacant June 29, 1811 -
November 4, 1811
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William M. Richardson
Democratic-Republican November 4, 1811 -
April 18, 1814
12th
13th
Groton Elected to finish Varnum's term.
Re-elected in 1812.
Resigned to become U.S. Attorney.
Vacant April 18, 1814 -
September 22, 1814
Samuel Dana Democratic-Republican September 22, 1814 -
March 3, 1815
13th Groton Elected May 23, 1814 to finish Richardson's term.
(Seated September 22, 1814.[12])
Lost re-election.
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Asahel Stearns
Federalist March 4, 1815 -
March 3, 1817
14th Charlestown Elected in 1814.
Lost re-election.
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Timothy Fuller
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 -
March 3, 1823
15th
16th
17th
18th
Cambridgeport Elected in 1816.
Re-elected in 1818.
Re-elected in 1820.
Re-elected in 1822.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Adams-Clay Democratic-Republican March 4, 1823 -
March 3, 1825
1823-1833
"Middlesex district"
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Edward Everett
Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1825 -
March 3, 1835
19th
20th
21st
22nd
23rd
[Data unknown/missing.] Elected in 1824.
Retired.
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Samuel Hoar
Anti-Jackson March 4, 1835 -
March 3, 1837
24th Concord Elected in 1834.
Lost re-election.
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William Parmenter
Democratic March 4, 1837 -
March 3, 1845
25th
26th
27th
28th
Cambridge Elected in 1836.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Benjamin Thompson Whig March 4, 1845 -
March 3, 1847
29th Charlestown Elected in 1844.
Retired.
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John G. Palfrey
Whig March 4, 1847 -
March 3, 1849
30th Cambridge Elected in 1846.
Lost re-election.
Vacant March 4, 1849 -
March 3, 1851
No candidate received the needed majority of votes in twelve runnings of the 1848 election.
Benjamin Thompson Whig March 4, 1851 -
September 24, 1852
32nd Charlestown Elected in 1850.
Died.
Vacant September 25, 1852 -
December 12, 1852
Lorenzo Sabine Whig December 13, 1852 -
March 3, 1853
32nd Framingham Elected to finish Thompson's term.
Retired.
Samuel H. Walley Whig March 4, 1853 -
March 3, 1855
33rd [Data unknown/missing.] Elected in 1852.
Lost re-election.
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Linus B. Comins
Know Nothing March 4, 1855 -
March 3, 1857
34th
35th
Roxbury Elected in 1854.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Republican March 4, 1857 -
March 3, 1859
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Alexander H. Rice[13]
Republican March 4, 1859 -
March 3, 1863
36th
37th
Boston Elected in 1860.
Redistricted to the 3rd district.
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Samuel Hooper[6]
Republican March 4, 1863 -
February 14, 1875
38th
39th
40th
41st
42nd
43rd
[Data unknown/missing.] Redistricted from the 5th district.
Retired, but died before retirement.
Vacant February 15, 1875 -
March 3, 1875
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Rufus S. Frost
Republican March 4, 1875 -
July 28, 1876
44th Chelsea Elected in 1874.
Election challenged by successor.
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Josiah G. Abbott
Democratic July 28, 1876 -
March 3, 1877
44th [Data unknown/missing.] Successfully challenged predecessor.
Lost re-election.
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Leopold Morse[14][15]
Democratic March 4, 1877 -
March 3, 1883
45th
46th
47th
Boston Elected in 1876.
Redistricted to the 5th district.
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Patrick A. Collins
Democratic March 4, 1883 -
March 3, 1889
48th
49th
50th
Boston Elected in 1882.
Retired.
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Joseph H. O'Neil
Democratic March 4, 1889 -
March 3, 1893
51st
52nd
Boston Elected in 1888.
Redistricted to the 9th district.
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Lewis D. Apsley
Republican March 4, 1893 -
March 3, 1897
53rd
54th
Hudson Elected in 1892.
Retired.
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George W. Weymouth[16]
Republican March 4, 1897 -
March 3, 1901
55th
56th
Fitchburg Elected in 1896.
Retired.
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Charles Q. Tirrell[17]
Republican March 4, 1901 -
July 31, 1910
57th
58th
59th
60th
61st
Natick Elected in 1900.
Died.
Vacant August 1, 1910 -
November 7, 1910
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John Joseph Mitchell
Democratic November 8, 1910 -
March 3, 1911
61st Marlborough Elected to finish Tirrell's term.
Lost re-election.
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William H. Wilder
Republican March 4, 1911 -
March 3, 1913
62nd Gardner Elected in 1910.
Redistricted to the 3rd district.
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Samuel Winslow
Republican March 4, 1913 -
March 3, 1925
63rd
64th
65th
66th
67th
68th
Worcester Elected in 1912.
Retired.
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George R. Stobbs
Republican March 4, 1925 -
March 3, 1931
69th
70th
71st
Worcester Elected in 1924.
Retired.
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Pehr G. Holmes[18]
Republican March 4, 1931 -
January 3, 1947
72nd
73rd
74th
75th
76th
77th
78th
79th
Worcester Elected in 1930.
Lost re-election.
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Harold Donohue[19]
Democratic January 3, 1947 -
January 3, 1973
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
Worcester Elected in 1946.
Redistricted to the 3rd district.
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Robert Drinan
Democratic January 3, 1973 -
January 3, 1981
93rd
94th
95th
96th
Newton Redistricted from the 3rd district.
Retired after Pope John Paul II ordered all priests to withdraw from electoral politics.
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Barney Frank[20]
Democratic January 3, 1981 -
January 3, 2013
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
Newton Elected in 1980.
Retired in 2012.
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Joseph P. Kennedy III
Democratic January 3, 2013 -
Present
113th
114th
115th
116th
Brookline Elected in 2012.
Incumbent

Recent election results

2002

U.S. House election, 2002: Massachusetts, District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Barney Frank 166,125 98.99 +24.09
Write-in 1,691 1.01 +0.96
Turnout 167,816 100 -

2004

U.S. House election, 2004: Massachusetts, District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Barney Frank 219,260 77.74 -21.25
Independent Chuck Morse 62,293 22.09 +22.09
Write-in 486 0.17 -0.84
Turnout 282,039 100 -

2006

U.S. House election, 2006: Massachusetts, District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Barney Frank 176,513 98.48 +20.74
Write-in 2,730 1.52 +1.35
Turnout 179,243 100 -

2008

U.S. House election, 2008: Massachusetts, District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Barney Frank 203,032 64.3 -34.18
Republican Earl Henry Sholley 75,571 23.9 +23.9
Independent Susan Allen 19,848 6.29 +6.29
Write-in 337 0.11 -1.41
Blank/Scattering 16,946 5.37 +5.37
Turnout 315,734 100 -

2010

U.S. House election, 2010: Massachusetts, District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Barney Frank 126,194 53.9 -10.4
Republican Sean Bielat 101,517 43.4 +19.5
Independent Susan Allen 3,445 1.5 -4.79
Independent Donald Jordan 2,873 1.2 +1.2
Turnout 234,029 100 -

2012

U.S. House election, 2012: Massachusetts, District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joseph P. Kennedy III 219,499 61.1 +7.2
Republican Sean Bielat 129,243 36.0 -7.4
Independent David Rosa 10,674 2.9 +0.2
Turnout 356,416 100 -

2014

Massachusetts's 4th Congressional District, 2014[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joseph P. Kennedy III 184,158 97.91
No party All Others 3,940 2.09%
Total votes 188,098 100
Democratic hold

2016

U.S. House election, 2016: Massachusetts, District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joseph P. Kennedy III 265,823 70.1 +9
Republican David Rosa 113,055 29.8 -6.2
Write-in 335 0.1
Turnout 379,213 100 -

2018

U.S. House election, 2018: Massachusetts, District 4
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joe Kennedy III (incumbent) 245,289 97.7
n/a Write-ins 5,727 2.3
Total votes 251,016 100.0
Democratic hold

Living former Members of the House

As of January 2019, there is one living former member of the House. The most recent representative to die was Robert Drinan (served 1973-1981) on January 28, 2007.

U.S. Representative Years in office Date of birth (and age)
Barney Frank 1981-2013 (1940-03-31) March 31, 1940 (age 79)

References

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  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index - Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.sec.state.ma.us/spr/sprcat/catpdf2010/cong2010/CongressionalDistrict_2011State.pdf Access date: March 28, 2012.
  4. ^ "State Apportionment; districts of the Commonwealth for the choice of one representative to Congress in each district". Massachusetts Register .. for 1843. Boston: Loring.
  5. ^ "Congressional Districts". Massachusetts Register 1862. Boston: Adams, Sampson, & Co.
  6. ^ a b Ben. Perley Poore (1869). "Massachusetts". Congressional Directory for the First Session of the Forty-First Congress (2nd ed.). Washington DC: Government Printing Office.
  7. ^ "Congressional Districts of Massachusetts". Massachusetts Register and Business Directory, 1878. Boston: Sampson, Davenport, and Co.
  8. ^ "Massachusetts". Official Congressional Directory: 64th Congress (2nd ed.). Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1916.
  9. ^ Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1941), "Population of Congressional Districts", Population of Massachusetts as determined by the sixteenth census of the United States, 1940, Boston: Wright & Potter, OCLC 10056477, House No. 2849
  10. ^ "Massachusetts", 1977 Official Congressional Directory: 95th Congress, Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1977
  11. ^ House official membership roster for the 7th Congress Archived December 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine (footnote 18)
  12. ^ 13th Congress membership roster Archived December 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Massachusetts". Congressional Directory for the Second Session of the Thirty-Seventh Congress. Washington DC: House of Representatives. 1861.
  14. ^ Ben. Perley Poore (1878). "Massachusetts". Congressional Directory: 45th Congress (3rd ed.). Washington DC: Government Printing Office.
  15. ^ Ben. Perley Poore (1882). "Massachusetts". Congressional Directory: 47th Congress (3rd ed.). Washington DC: Government Printing Office.
  16. ^ L.A. Coolidge (1897). "Massachusetts". Official Congressional Directory: Fifty-Fifth Congress. Washington DC: Government Printing Office.
  17. ^ A.J. Halford (1909). "Massachusetts". Congressional Directory: 60th Congress (2nd ed.). Washington DC: Government Printing Office.
  18. ^ "Massachusetts". Official Congressional Directory: 75th Congress (2nd ed.). Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1938.
  19. ^ "Massachusetts". Official Congressional Directory: 90th Congress. Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1968.
  20. ^ "Massachusetts". 1991-1992 Official Congressional Directory: 102nd Congress. Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1991.
  21. ^ "Massachusetts Secretary of State Election Results 2014" (PDF). Massachusetts Secretary of State. November 4, 2014. Retrieved 2014.

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