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Washington's 4th congressional district
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Current Representative Doc Hastings (R)
Population (2000) 654,901
Median income $37,764
Ethnicity 75.7% White, 0.9% Black, 1.3% Asian, 26.4% Hispanic, 2.2% Native American, 0.8% other
Cook PVI R+13

The Fourth Congressional District of Washington encompasses a large area of central Washington, covering the counties of Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Grant, Yakima, Franklin, Benton, Klickitat, and parts of Adams and Skamania counties. The district is dominated by the Yakima and Tri-Cities areas. Since 1995, the 4th District has been represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Richard N. "Doc" Hastings, a Republican from Pasco.

Established after the 1910 U.S. Census, the Fourth District is predominantly rural, and is considerably more conservative than the western part of the state. It has been dominated by the Republican Party for several decades; only three Democrats have ever represented the district. The last Democrat to represent the district was Jay Inslee, who held the seat during the 103rd Congress. Hastings defeated Inslee in the 1994 election and has served in Congress ever since; Inslee later moved to Bainbridge Island and was sent back to Congress representing the First District in the central Puget Sound area. In the 2008 election, Hastings easily defeated challenger George Fearing (D-Kennewick).

In presidential elections, the 4th District is a Republican stronghold. George W. Bush carried the district in 2000 and 2004 with 62% and 63% of the vote, respectively. The 4th District also gave John McCain 58% of the vote in 2008, his strongest showing in Washington.

Representatives

Representative Party Term
William L. La Follette Republican 1915 – 1919
John William Summers Republican 1919 – 1933
Knute Hill Democratic 1933 – 1943
Otis Halbert "Hal" Holmes Republican 1943 – 1959
Catherine Dean Barnes May Republican 1959 – 1971
Mike McCormack Democratic 1971 – 1981
Sidney Wallace "Sid" Morrison Republican 1981 – 1993
Jay Robert Inslee Democratic 1993 – 1995
Richard Norman "Doc" Hastings Republican 1995 – present

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