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Mississippi's 4th Congressional District
Mississippi's 4th congressional district
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Mississippi's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
Area9,536 sq mi (24,700 km2)
Distribution
  • 53.72% urban
  • 46.28% rural
Population (2000)711,219
Median income$45,442[1]
Ethnicity
Occupation
Cook PVIR+21[2]

Mississippi's 4th congressional district covers the southeastern region of the state. It includes all of Mississippi's Gulf Coast, stretching ninety miles between the Alabama border to the east and the Louisiana border to the west, and extends north into the Pine Belt region. It includes three of Mississippi's four most heavily populated cities: Gulfport, Biloxi, and Hattiesburg. Other major cities within the district include Bay St. Louis, Laurel, and Pascagoula.[3]

The people of the Mississippi's 4th are currently represented by Republican Steven Palazzo. During the 111th Congress, MS-4, along with Texas's 17th congressional district, was the most Republican district in the nation to be represented by a Democrat,[4] with a Cook PVI of R+20. However, on November 2, 2010, the Democratic incumbents of both districts were defeated by their respective Republican challengers. State Representative Steven Palazzo defeated Rep. Gene Taylor by a 5% vote differential.[5]

From statehood to the election of 1846, Mississippi elected representatives at-large statewide on a general ticket.

Cities

Three of Mississippi's four most heavily populated cities, Gulfport, Biloxi, Hattiesburg are in the Fourth District. Other major cities within the district include Bay St. Louis, Laurel, and Pascagoula.

Counties

Since 2013 the entire counties of Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Stone, George, Marion, Lamar, Forrest, Perry, Greene, Jones, and Wayne, along with the southeastern part of Clarke are counted in this district.

Federal highways

Interstate 59 is an important north-south route that traverses the district, while coastal Interstate 10 serves as the major east-west route from New Orleans to Mobile. US Highway 49 is a vital hurricane evacuation route and is four-laned from Gulfport to Jackson. US Highway 84 enters the state near Waynesboro and is four-laned statewide, passing through Laurel, Brookhaven and Natchez.

Boundaries

Prior to 2003, the district included most of Jackson, all of Natchez and the southwestern part of the state. In 2003, after Mississippi lost a seat in redistricting, the old 4th District was eliminated. Most of Jackson, as well as the bulk of the district's black constituents, were drawn into the 2nd District, while most of Jackson's suburbs were drawn into the 3rd District. As a result, most of the old 5th District was redefined as the new 4th District.[6]

The perimeter of the current Fourth District extends across the ninety-mile coastal southern edge of Mississippi from the Louisiana border to the Alabama border, following the Alabama state line north along the eastern border of the state to a point due east of Quitman in Clarke County where it is bounded by the 3rd District and then moves in an irregular fashion south of Quitman until it reaches the county line with Wayne County, and then follows the northern and western borders to wholly contain Jones, Forrest, Lamar, and Marion counties until it reaches the Louisiana state line, ultimately bounded by the Pearl River winding to its outlet in Lake Borgne.

History

The Fourth District, like most of Mississippi, is built on a strong history of agriculture.

List of members representing the district

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1847
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Albert G. Brown
Democratic March 4, 1847 --
March 3, 1853
30th
31st
32nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Wiley Pope Harris Democratic March 4, 1853 --
March 3, 1855
33rd [Data unknown/missing.]
William Augustus Lake Know Nothing March 4, 1855 --
March 3, 1857
34th [Data unknown/missing.]
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Otho Robards Singleton
Democratic March 4, 1857 --
January 12, 1861
35th
36th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Withdrew.
Vacant January 12, 1861 --
February 23, 1870
36th
37th
38th
39th
40th
41st
Civil War and Reconstruction
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George Colin McKee
Republican February 23, 1870 --
March 3, 1873
41st
42nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 5th district.
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Jason Niles
Republican March 4, 1873 --
March 3, 1875
43rd [Data unknown/missing.]
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Otho Robards Singleton
Democratic March 4, 1875 --
March 3, 1883
44th
45th
46th
47th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 5th district.
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Hernando D. Money
Democratic March 4, 1883 --
March 3, 1885
48th Redistricted from the 3rd district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Frederick G. Barry Democratic March 4, 1885 --
March 3, 1889
49th
50th
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Clarke Lewis
Democratic March 4, 1889 --
March 3, 1893
51st
52nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Hernando D. Money
Democratic March 4, 1893 --
March 3, 1897
53rd
54th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Andrew F. Fox Democratic March 4, 1897 --
March 3, 1903
55th
56th
57th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Wilson S. Hill Democratic March 4, 1903 --
March 3, 1909
58th
59th
60th
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Thomas U. Sisson
Democratic March 4, 1909 --
March 3, 1923
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
65th
66th
67th
[Data unknown/missing.]
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T. Jeff Busby
Democratic March 4, 1923 --
January 3, 1935
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Aaron L. Ford
Democratic January 3, 1935 --
January 3, 1943
74th
75th
76th
77th
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Thomas G. Abernethy
Democratic January 3, 1943 --
January 3, 1953
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 1st district.
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John B. Williams
Democratic January 3, 1953 --
January 3, 1963
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
Redistricted from the 7th district.
Redistricted to the 3rd district.
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W. Arthur Winstead
Democratic January 3, 1963 --
January 3, 1965
88th Redistricted from the 5th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Prentiss Walker
Republican January 3, 1965 --
January 3, 1967
89th [Data unknown/missing.]
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Sonny Montgomery
Democratic January 3, 1967 --
January 3, 1973
90th
91st
92nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 3rd district.
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Thad Cochran
Republican January 3, 1973 --
December 26, 1978
93rd
94th
95th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned when elected US Senate, took seat on early appointment
Vacant December 26, 1978 --
January 3, 1979
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Jon Hinson
Republican January 3, 1979 --
April 13, 1981
96th
97th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned.
Vacant April 13, 1981 --
July 7, 1981
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Wayne Dowdy
Democratic July 7, 1981 --
January 3, 1989
97th
98th
99th
100th
Elected to finish Hinson's term.
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Mike Parker
Democratic January 3, 1989 --
November 10, 1995
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Republican November 10, 1995 --
January 3, 1999
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Ronnie Shows
Democratic January 3, 1999 --
January 3, 2003
106th
107th
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Gene Taylor
Democratic January 3, 2003 --
January 3, 2011
108th
109th
110th
111th
Redistricted from the 5th district.
Lost re-election.
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Steven Palazzo
Republican January 3, 2011 -
Present
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
Elected in 2010.

Elections

2010

2010 Fourth Congressional District of Mississippi Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Steven Palazzo 105,613 51.93 +26.47
Democratic Gene Taylor 95,243 46.83 -27.45
Libertarian Tim Hampton 1,741 0.86 +0.86
Mississippi Reform Party Anna Revies 787 0.39 +0.39
Turnout 203,384
Majority 9,480 4.84

2008

2006 Fourth Congressional District of Mississippi Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Gene Taylor 74.54 -5.25
Republican John McCay 25.46 +5.25
Turnout
Majority 49.08

2006

Fourth District incumbent Gene Taylor (D) was re-elected, gathering 80% of the Fourth District's vote. He is considered one of the most conservative Democrats in the House [1]. His district has a Cook Political Report rating of R+16.

Taylor faced challenger Randall "Randy" McDonnell, a former IRS agent. McDonnell, the Republican Party nominee, had also unsuccessfully challenged Taylor in both 1998 and 2000.

Taylor first was elected in 1989 to Mississippi's 5th congressional district, after having lost to Larkin I. Smith in the 1988 race for that open seat, which had been vacated by Trent Lott when Lott made a successful run for the Senate. Smith died eight months later in a plane crash. Taylor came in first in the special election primary to fill the seat, winning the runoff election two weeks later and taking office on October 18, 1989.

In 1990, Taylor won a full term in the 5th District with 81% of the vote, and has been reelected at each election since.

His district was renumbered the 4th after the redistricting of 2000, which cost Mississippi a Congressional seat. In 2004, Taylor was reelected to the House with 64% of their vote, choosing him over both Republican nominee Michael Lott and Reform nominee Tracella Hill.

2006 Fourth Congressional District of Mississippi Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Gene Taylor 110,996 79.79 +15.02
Republican Randall "Randy" McDonnell 28,117 20.21 -14.29
Turnout 139,113
Majority 82,879 59.58

2004

2004 Fourth Congressional District of Mississippi Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Gene Taylor 181,614 64.77 -10.44
Republican Mike Lott 96,740 34.50 +13.26
Mississippi Reform Party Tracella Hill 2,028 0.72 -0.79
Turnout 280,382
Majority 84,874 30.27

2002

2002 Fourth Congressional District of Mississippi Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Gene Taylor 121,742 75.21 -
Republican Dr. Karl Cleveland Mertz 34,373 21.24 -
Libertarian Wayne L. Parker 3,311 2.05 -
Mississippi Reform Party Thomas R. Huffmaster 2,442 1.51 -
Turnout 161,868
Majority 87,369 53.98

Living former Members

As of May 2019, there are four living former members. The most recent representative to die was Thad Cochran (served 1973-1978), who died on May 30, 2019. The most recently serving representative to die was Jon Hinson (served 1979-1981) on July 21, 1995.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Wayne Dowdy 1981-1989 (1943-07-27) July 27, 1943 (age 76)
Michael Parker 1989-1999 (1949-10-31) October 31, 1949 (age 69)
Ronnie Shows 1999-2003 (1947-01-26) January 26, 1947 (age 72)
Gene Taylor 2003-2011 (1953-09-17) September 17, 1953 (age 66)

Historical district boundaries

2003 - 2013

See also

References

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=28&cd=04
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index - Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "About South Mississippi | U.S. House of Representatives". palazzo.house.gov. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-29. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ 2010 Mississippi Election Results New York Times. November 12, 2010.
  6. ^ Almanac of American Politics, 2002, p. 872

Coordinates: 30°59?37?N 89°05?02?W / 30.99361°N 89.08389°W / 30.99361; -89.08389


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