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Arizona's 4th congressional district

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Arizona's 4th congressional district
Arizona US Congressional District 4 (since 2013).tif
Arizona's 4th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
  Paul Gosar
Population (2015)739,374[1]
Median income$49,387[2]
Cook PVIR+21[3]

Arizona's 4th congressional district is a congressional district located in the U.S. state of Arizona. It stretches from the periphery of Phoenix to contain much of the rural western and northwestern portion of the state.

It is currently represented by Republican Paul Gosar.

The current 4th was created after the 2010 census from portions of the old 1st, 2nd, and 5th districts. It is the only district that is not a geographic or demographic successor to one of the districts in the 2003-2013 map. Prior to 2013, the old 4th District was a majority-Latino district located entirely in Maricopa County; most of that area is now the 7th District.


Arizona first gained a fourth district after the 1970 Census. It covered the entire northeastern portion of the state, from northern Phoenix all the way to the New Mexico border. However, the great majority of its vote was cast in northern Phoenix, which was heavily Republican.

With the Valley's dramatic growth over the next two decades, the district was made significantly more compact in the 1990 Census, losing all of its territory outside of the Phoenix area. Like its predecessor, it was reliably Republican.

After the 2000 Census, the old 4th essentially became the 3rd District. A new 4th District was created in the heavily Latino portions of inner Phoenix. This district was the only safe Democratic district in the Phoenix area, and remained in Democratic hands for its entire existence in this configuration.

After the 2010 Census, this district essentially became the 7th District, while a new 4th was created in the mostly rural western and northwestern portion of the state. While the old 4th was easily the most Democratic district in Arizona, the new 4th is far and away the most Republican district in Arizona, and one of the most Republican districts in the West. In both presidential elections contested since the current 4th was created, it gave the Republican presidential nominee his highest margin in the state.

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Area covered

The current 4th District covers the entirety of the following county:

The district covers the majority of:

Small portions of the following jurisdictions are also covered:

Election results from statewide races

Year Office Results
2000 President Gore 63 - 35%
2004 President Kerry 62 - 38%
2008 President Obama 66 - 33%
2012 President Romney 67 - 31%
2016 President Trump 68 - 28%

List of members representing the district

Arizona began sending a fourth member to the House after the 1970 Census.

Member Party Years Cong
Electoral history District location & Counties[4][5][6]
John Bertrand Conlan.jpg

John Bertrand Conlan
Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1977
Elected in 1972.
Re-elected in 1974.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
E Arizona, including parts of Metro Phoenix: Apache, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Navajo, Maricopa (part), Pinal (part)
Eldon D. Rudd.jpg

Eldon D. Rudd
Republican January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1987
Elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
E Arizona, including parts of Metro Phoenix: Apache, Navajo, Gila (part), Graham (part), Maricopa (part)
Jon Kyl, official 109th Congress photo.jpg

Jon Kyl
Republican January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 1995
Elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
Maricopa (part / Parts of Metro Phoenix)

John B. Shadegg
Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 2003
Elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Redistricted to the 3rd district.

Ed Pastor
Democratic January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2013
Redistricted from the 2nd district.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Redistricted to the 7th district.
Maricopa (part / Parts of Metro Phoenix)

Parts of Metro Phoenix
Paul A. Gosar 113th Congress.jpg

Paul Gosar
Republican January 3, 2013 –
Redistricted from the 1st district and re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.
NW Arizona: Gila (part), La Paz, Maricopa (part), Mohave (part), Yavapai (part), Yuma (part).

Recent election results


Arizona’s 4th Congressional District House Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Pastor 44,517 67.38%
Republican Jonathan Barnert 18,381 27.82%
Libertarian Amy Gibbons 3,167 4.79%
Majority 26,136 39.56%
Total votes 66,065 100.00%
Democratic hold


Arizona’s 4th Congressional District House Election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Pastor (Incumbent) 77,150 70.12%
Republican Don Karg 28,238 25.66%
Libertarian Gary Fallon 4,639 4.22%
Majority 48,912 44.46%
Total votes 110,027 100.00%
Democratic hold


Arizona’s 4th Congressional District House Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Pastor (Incumbent) 56,464 72.52%
Republican Don Karg 18,627 23.92%
Libertarian Ronald Harders 2,770 3.56%
Majority 37,837 48.60%
Total votes 77,861 100.00%
Democratic hold


Arizona’s 4th Congressional District House Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Pastor (Incumbent) 89,721 72.11%
Republican Don Karg 26,435 21.25%
Green Rebecca DeWitt 4,464 3.59%
Libertarian Joe Cobb 3,807 3.06%
Majority 63,286 50.86%
Total votes 124,427 100.00%
Democratic hold


Arizona’s 4th Congressional District House Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ed Pastor (Incumbent) 61,524 66.94%
Republican Janet Contreras 25,300 27.53%
Libertarian Joe Cobb 2,718 2.96%
Green Rebecca DeWitt 2,365 2.57%
Majority 36,224 39.41%
Total votes 91,907 100.00%
Democratic hold


Arizona’s 4th Congressional District House Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Gosar (Incumbent) 162,907 66.83%
Democratic Johnnie Robinson 69,154 28.37%
Libertarian Joe Pamelia 9,306 3.82%
Americans Elect Richard Grayson 2,393 0.98%
Majority 93,753 38.46%
Total votes 243,760 100.00%


Arizona’s 4th Congressional District House Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Gosar (Incumbent) 122,560 70.0%
Democratic Mikel Weisser 45,179 25.8%
Libertarian Chris Rike 7,440 4.2%
Majority 77,381 34.2%
Total votes 175,179 100.00%
Republican hold


Arizona’s 4th Congressional District House Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Gosar (Incumbent) 203,487 71.5%
Democratic Mikel Weisser 81,296 28.5%
Majority 122,191 43%
Total votes 284,783 100%
Republican hold


Arizona’s 4th Congressional District House Election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Paul Gosar (Incumbent) 188,842 68.1%
Democratic David Brill 84,521 30.5%
Majority 104,321 37.6%
Total votes 277,035 100%
Republican hold

Living former members

As of November 2018, there are three living former members of the House from the district. The most recent representative to die was Ed Pastor (served 2003–2013) on November 27, 2018.

Representative Term in office Date of birth (and age)
John Bertrand Conlan 1973 - 1977 (1930-09-17) September 17, 1930 (age 89)
Jon Kyl 1987 - 1995 (1942-04-25) April 25, 1942 (age 77)
John Shadegg 1995 - 2003 (1949-10-22) October 22, 1949 (age 69)

See also


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  4. ^ Martis, Kenneth C., The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts, 1789-1983. New York: Macmillan Publishing, 1982.
  5. ^ Martis, Kenneth C., The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress, 1789-1989. New York: Macmillan Publishing, 1989.
  6. ^ Congressional Directory: Browse 105th Congress Archived 2011-02-17 at the Wayback Machine

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