Massachusetts's 4th congressional district: Wikis

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Massachusetts's 4th congressional district
Massachusetts's 4th congressional district.gif
Current Representative Barney Frank (D)
Area 731.84 mi²
Distribution 40.47% urban, 59.53% rural
Population (2000) 634,624
Median income $65,100
Ethnicity 87.9% White, 2.2% Black, 3.2% Asian, 3.3% Hispanic, 0.2% Native American, 3.2% other
Occupation 19.2% blue collar, 67.6% white collar, 13.1% gray collar
Cook PVI D + 14

Massachusetts's 4th Congressional District is mostly in southern Massachusetts and includes the South Coast region. It is represented by Barney Frank, who has served the district since January 1981.

The district covers much of the area included in the 10th district before the 1982 gerrymandering. In prior years, the district stretched from Brookline to Fitchburg.

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

Contents

Cities and towns

District 4 contains the following cities and towns:

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.

Representatives

Representative Party Years District home Note
Theodore Sedgwick Pro-Administration March 4, 1789 - March 4, 1793 Stockbridge Redistricted to the 2nd district
Henry Dearborn Anti-Administration March 4, 1793 - March 4, 1795
(General ticket)
Gardiner Redistricted to the 12th district
George Thatcher Pro-Administration Biddeford, Maine Redistricted from the 8th district, Redistricted to the 14th district
Peleg Wadsworth Pro-Administration Portland, Maine Redistricted to the 13th district
Dwight Foster Federalist March 4, 1795 - June 6, 1800 Brookfield Redistricted from the 2nd district, Resigned
Vacant June 6, 1800 - December 15, 1800
Levi Lincoln, Sr. Democratic-Republican December 15, 1800 - March 5, 1801 Resigned to become United States Attorney General
Vacant March 5, 1801 - August 24, 1801
Seth Hastings Federalist August 24, 1801 - March 3, 1803 Mendon Redistricted to the 10th district
Joseph Bradley Varnum Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 - June 29, 1811 Dracut Redistricted from the 9th district, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1807-1811, resigned on election to U.S. Senate
Vacant June 29, 1811 - November 4, 1811
William M. Richardson Democratic-Republican November 4, 1811 - April 18, 1814 Groton Resigned
Vacant April 18, 1814 - November 4, 1811
Samuel Dana Democratic-Republican September 22, 1814 - March 3, 1815 Groton Lost reelection
Asahel Stearns Federalist March 4, 1815 - March 3, 1817 Charlestown
Timothy Fuller Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 - March 3, 1823
Adams-Clay D-R March 4, 1823 - March 3, 1825
Edward Everett Adams March 4, 1825 - March 3, 1829 Retired
Anti-Jackson March 4, 1829 - March 3, 1835
Samuel Hoar Anti-Jackson March 4, 1835 - March 3, 1837 Concord Lost re-election
William Parmenter Democratic March 4, 1837 - March 3, 1845 Cambridge
Benjamin Thompson Whig March 4, 1845 - March 3, 1847 Charlestown Retired
John G. Palfrey Whig March 4, 1847 - March 3, 1849 Lost re-election
Vacant March 4, 1849 - March 3, 1851
Benjamin Thompson Whig March 4, 1841 - September 24, 1852 Charlestown Died
Vacant September 25, 1852 - December 12, 1852
Lorenzo Sabine Whig December 13, 1852 - March 3, 1853 Framingham Retired
Samuel H. Walley Whig March 4, 1853 - March 3, 1855 Lost re-election
Linus B. Comins Know Nothing March 4, 1855 - March 3, 1857 Roxbury
Republican March 4, 1857 - March 3, 1859
Alexander H. Rice Republican March 4, 1861 - March 3, 1863 Boston Redistricted to the 3rd district
Samuel Hooper Republican March 4, 1863 - February 14, 1875 Redistricted from the 5th district
Retired, but died before retirement
Vacant February 15, 1875 - March 3, 1875
Rufus S. Frost Republican March 4, 1875 - July 28, 1876 Chelsea Election challenged by successor
Josiah G. Abbott Democratic July 28, 1876 - March 3, 1877 Successfully challenged predecessor
Leopold Morse Democratic March 4, 1877 - March 3, 1883 Boston Redistricted to 5th district
Patrick A. Collins Democratic March 4, 1883 - March 3, 1889 Boston Retired
Joseph H. O'Neil Democratic March 4, 1889 - March 3, 1893 Boston Redistricted to the 9th district
Lewis D. Apsley Republican March 4, 1893 - March 3, 1897 Hudson Retired
George W. Weymouth Republican March 4, 1897 - March 3, 1901 Fitchburg Retired
Charles Q. Tirrell Republican March 4, 1901 - July 31, 1910 Natick Died
Vacant August 1, 1910 - November 7, 1910
John Joseph Mitchell Democratic November 8, 1910 - March 3, 1911 Lost re-election
William H. Wilder Republican March 4, 1911 - March 3, 1913 Redistricted to the 3rd district
Samuel E. Winslow Republican March 4, 1913 - March 3, 1925 Retired
George R. Stobbs Republican March 4, 1925 - March 3, 1931 Worcester Retired
Pehr G. Holmes Republican March 4, 1931 - January 3, 1947 Worcester Lost re-election
Harold Donohue Democratic January 3, 1947 - January 3, 1973 Worcester Redistricted to the 3rd district
Robert Drinan Democratic January 3, 1973 - January 3, 1981 Redistricted from the 3rd district
Retired on the orders of Pope John Paul II
Barney Frank Democratic January 3, 1981 - Present Newton Incumbent

Election results

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
U.S. House election, 2004: Massachusetts, District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Barney Frank 219,260 77.74 + 31.46
Independent Chuck Morse 62,293 22.09 + 22.09
Write-in 486 0.17 - 0.84
Turnout 282,039
U.S. House election, 2006: Massachusetts, District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Barney Frank 176,513 98.48
Write-in 2730 1.52
Turnout 179,243
U.S. House election, 2008: Massachusetts, District 4
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Barney Frank 203,032 64.3
Republican Earl Henry Sholley 75,571 23.9
Independent Susan Allen 19,848 6.29
Write-in 337 0.11
Blank/Scattering 16,946 5.37
Turnout 315,734

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