South Carolina's 4th congressional district

South Carolina's 4th congressional district
South Carolina US Congressional District 4 (since 2013).tif
South Carolina's 4th congressional district since January 3, 2013
Representative
 William Timmons
RGreenville
Population (2019)754,148[1]
Median household
income
$60,731[2]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+14[3]

The 4th congressional district of South Carolina is a congressional district in upstate South Carolina bordering North Carolina. It includes parts of Greenville and Spartanburg counties. The district is characterized by the two major cities of Greenville and Spartanburg.

The district is one of the most conservative in the state. In the late 20th century, it has been in Republican hands since 1979, aside from a six-year stint by Democrat Liz J. Patterson, the daughter of former Senator Olin Johnston. Even before the Republicans finally took control of the seat, the 4th had been a rather conservative district. Like in most of the state, the old-line Southern Democrats began splitting their tickets as early as the 1940s. However, this area's white conservatives became increasingly willing to support Republicans at the state and local level as early as the 1970s, well before the rest of the state swung Republican. The district is a major destination for presidential candidates in election years, as South Carolina is one of the first states to hold a presidential primary.

Republican William Timmons has represented the district since January 3, 2019. He succeeded Republican Trey Gowdy who did not seek reelection.

History

From 2003 to 2013 the district included all of Spartanburg and Union counties and parts of Greenville and Laurens counties.

Election results from recent presidential races

YearOfficeResult
2000PresidentBush 64–33%
2004PresidentBush 65–34%
2008PresidentMcCain 60.6–37.7%
2012PresidentRomney 62.2–36.2%
2016PresidentTrump 60.2–34.5%
2020PresidentTrump 60.4–39.5%

List of members representing the district

Member
(Residence)
PartyYearsCong
ress
Electoral historyDistrict location
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Thomas Sumter
(Stateburg)
Anti-AdministrationMarch 4, 1789 –
March 3, 1793
1st
2nd
Elected in 1788.
Re-elected in 1790.
Retired.
1789–1793
"Camden district"
South Carolina congressional districts, 1789–1793
  1st district, Charleston
  2nd district, Beaufort-Orangeburg
  3rd district, Georgetown-Cheraw
  4th district, Camden
  5th district, Ninety-Six
Richard Winn
(Winnsboro)
Anti-AdministrationMarch 4, 1793 –
March 3, 1795
3rd
4th
Elected in 1793.
Re-elected in 1794.
Lost re-election.
1793–1797
"Camden district"
(Map unknown)
Democratic-RepublicanMarch 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1797
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Thomas Sumter
(Stateburg)
Democratic-RepublicanMarch 4, 1797 –
December 15, 1801
5th
6th
7th
Elected in 1796.
Re-elected in 1798.
Re-elected in 1800.
Resigned when elected U.S. Senator.
1797–1803
"Camden district"
1796 election results by district
VacantDecember 15, 1801 –
January 24, 1803
7th
Richard Winn
(Winnsboro)
Democratic-RepublicanJanuary 24, 1803 –
March 3, 1803
Elected to finish Sumter's term.
Redistricted to the 5th district.
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Wade Hampton
(Columbia)
Democratic-RepublicanMarch 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1805
8thElected in 1803.
Retired.
1803–1813
"Orangeburgh district"
O'Brien Smith
(Jacksonboro)
Democratic-RepublicanMarch 4, 1805 –
March 3, 1807
9thElected in 1804.
Retired.
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John Taylor
(Columbia)
Democratic-RepublicanMarch 4, 1807 –
December 30, 1810
10th
11th
Elected in 1806.
Re-elected in 1808.
Lost re-election and resigned.
VacantDecember 30, 1810 –
March 3, 1811
11th
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William Lowndes
(Charleston)
Democratic-RepublicanMarch 4, 1811 –
March 3, 1813
12thElected in 1810.
Redistricted to the 2nd district.
John J. Chappell
(Columbia)
Democratic-RepublicanMarch 4, 1813 –
March 3, 1817
13th
14th
Elected in 1812.
Re-elected in 1814.
Lost re-election.
1813–1823
"Orangeburgh district"
Joseph Bellinger
(Barnwell)
Democratic-RepublicanMarch 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1819
15thElected in 1816.
Retired.
James Overstreet
(Barnwell)
Democratic-RepublicanMarch 4, 1819 –
May 24, 1822
16th
17th
Elected in 1818.
Re-elected in 1820.
Died.
VacantMay 24, 1822 –
December 4, 1822
17th
Andrew R. Govan
(Orangeburg)
Democratic-Republican[a]December 4, 1822 –
March 3, 1825
17th
18th
19th
Elected to finish Overstreet's term.
Re-elected in 1823.
Re-elected in 1824.
Lost re-election.
1823–1833
"Orangeburgh district":
Barnwell, Lexington, Orangeburgh, and Richland counties
JacksonianMarch 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1827
William D. Martin
(Coosawhatchie)
JacksonianMarch 4, 1827 –
March 3, 1831
20th
21st
Elected in 1826.
Re-elected in 1828.
Retired.
John M. Felder
(Orangeburg)
JacksonianMarch 4, 1831 –
March 3, 1833
22nd
23rd
Elected in 1830.
Re-elected in 1833.
Retired.
NullifierMarch 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1835
1833–1843
[data unknown/missing]
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James H. Hammond
(Newberry)
NullifierMarch 4, 1835 –
February 26, 1836
24thElected in 1834.
Resigned.
VacantFebruary 26, 1836 –
December 10, 1836
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Franklin H. Elmore
(Walterboro)
NullifierDecember 10, 1836 –
March 3, 1839
24th
25th
Elected October 10, 1836 to finish Hammond's term and seated December 19, 1836.
Elected the same day in 1836 to the next term.
Retired.
Sampson H. Butler
(Charleston)
DemocraticMarch 4, 1839 –
September 27, 1842
26th
27th
Elected in 1838.
Re-elected in 1840.
Resigned.
VacantSeptember 27, 1842 –
December 17, 1842
27th
Samuel W. Trotti
(Old Buckhead)
DemocraticDecember 17, 1842 –
March 3, 1843
Elected to finish Butler's term.
Retired.
John Campbell
(Parnassus)
DemocraticMarch 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
28thRedistricted from the 3rd district and re-elected in 1843.
Retired.
1843–1853
[data unknown/missing]
Alexander D. Sims
(Darlington)
DemocraticMarch 4, 1845 –
November 22, 1848
29th
30th
Elected in 1844.
Re-elected in 1846.
Re-elected in 1848 but died before next term began.
VacantNovember 22, 1848 –
February 12, 1849
30th
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John McQueen
(Society Hill)
DemocraticFebruary 12, 1849 –
March 3, 1853
30th
31st
32nd
Elected to finish Sims's term in the 30th Congress.
Elected to finish Sims's term win the 31st Congress.
Re-elected in 1850.
Redistricted to the 1st district.
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Preston S. Brooks
(Edgefield)
DemocraticMarch 4, 1853 –
July 15, 1856
33rd
34th
Elected in 1853.
Re-elected in 1854.
Resigned to gain constituent's support for Caning of Charles Sumner.
1853–1863
[data unknown/missing]
VacantJuly 15, 1856 –
August 1, 1856
34th
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Preston S. Brooks
(Edgefield)
DemocraticAugust 1, 1856 –
January 28, 1857
Re-elected to finish his vacant term.
Re-elected in 1856 but died before next term began.
VacantJanuary 28, 1857 –
May 5, 1857
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Milledge L. Bonham
(Edgefield)
DemocraticMay 5, 1857 –
December 21, 1860
35th
36th
Elected to finish Brooks' term.
Re-elected in 1858.
Re-elected in 1860 but retired due to Civil War.
InactiveDecember 21, 1860 –
July 18, 1868
36th
37th
38th
39th
40th
Civil War and Reconstruction
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James H. Goss
(Union)
RepublicanJuly 18, 1868 –
March 3, 1869
40thElected in 1868.
Retired.
1868–1873
[data unknown/missing]
VacantMarch 4, 1869 –
May 27, 1870
41stWilliam D. Simpson (D) elected, but not seated.
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Alexander S. Wallace
(York)
RepublicanMay 27, 1870 –
March 3, 1877
41st
42nd
43rd
44th
Successfully contested election of William D. Simpson.
Re-elected in 1870.
Re-elected in 1872.
Re-elected in 1874.
Lost re-election.
1873–1883
[data unknown/missing]
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John H. Evins
(Spartanburg)
DemocraticMarch 4, 1877 –
October 20, 1884
45th
46th
47th
48th
Elected in 1876.
Re-elected in 1878.
Re-elected in 1880.
Re-elected in 1882.
Died.
1883–1893
[data unknown/missing]
VacantOctober 20, 1884 –
December 8, 1884
48th
John Bratton.jpg
John Bratton
(Winnsboro)
DemocraticDecember 8, 1884 –
March 3, 1885
Elected to finish Evins's term.
Retired.
William Hayne Perry.jpg
William H. Perry
(Greenville)
DemocraticMarch 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1891
49th
50th
51st
Elected in 1884.
Elected in 1886.
Re-elected in 1888.
Retired.
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George W. Shell
(Laurens)
DemocraticMarch 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1895
52nd
53rd
Elected in 1890.
Re-elected in 1892.
Retired.
1893–1903
[data unknown/missing]
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Stanyarne Wilson
(Spartanburg)
DemocraticMarch 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1901
54th
55th
56th
Elected in 1894.
Re-elected in 1896.
Re-elected in 1898.
Retired.
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Joseph T. Johnson
(Spartanburg)
DemocraticMarch 4, 1901 –
April 19, 1915
57th
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
Elected in 1900.
Re-elected in 1902.
Re-elected in 1904.
Re-elected in 1906.
Re-elected in 1908.
Re-elected in 1910.
Re-elected in 1912.
Re-elected in 1914.
Resigned to accept a federal judgeship.
1903–1933
[data unknown/missing]
VacantApril 19, 1915 –
September 14, 1915
64th
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Samuel J. Nicholls
(Spartanburg)
DemocraticSeptember 14, 1915 –
March 3, 1921
64th
65th
66th
Elected to finish Johnson's term.
Re-elected in 1916.
Re-elected in 1918.
Retired.
John Jackson McSwain.jpg
John J. McSwain
(Greenville)
DemocraticMarch 4, 1921 –
August 6, 1936
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
74th
Elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Re-elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928.
Re-elected in 1930.
Re-elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1934.
Died.
1933–1943
[data unknown/missing]
VacantAugust 6, 1936 –
November 3, 1936
74th
G. Heyward Mahon Jr. (South Carolina Congressman).jpg
Gabriel H. Mahon Jr.
(Greenville)
DemocraticNovember 3, 1936 –
January 3, 1939
74th
75th
Elected to finish McSwain's term.
Also elected to the next full term.
Lost renomination.
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Joseph R. Bryson
(Greenville)
DemocraticJanuary 3, 1939 –
March 10, 1953
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
Elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
Re-elected in 1946.
Re-elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
Died.
1943–1953
[data unknown/missing]
1953–1963
[data unknown/missing]
VacantMarch 10, 1953 –
June 2, 1953
83rd
Robert Ashmore.jpg
Robert T. Ashmore
(Greenville)
DemocraticJune 2, 1953 –
January 3, 1969
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
Elected to finish Bryson's term.
Re-elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Re-elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Retired.
1963–1973
[data unknown/missing]
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James R. Mann
(Greenville)
DemocraticJanuary 3, 1969 –
January 3, 1979
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
Elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970.
Re-elected in 1972.
Re-elected in 1974.
Re-elected in 1976.
Retired.
1973–1983
[data unknown/missing]
Carroll A Campbell.jpg
Carroll A. Campbell Jr.
(Fountain Inn)
RepublicanJanuary 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1987
96th
97th
98th
99th
Elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Retired to run for Governor of S.C.
1983–1993
[data unknown/missing]
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Liz J. Patterson
(Spartanburg)
DemocraticJanuary 3, 1987 –
January 3, 1993
100th
101st
102nd
Elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Lost re-election.
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Bob Inglis
(Greenville)
RepublicanJanuary 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1999
103rd
104th
105th
Elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
1993–2003
[data unknown/missing]
Jim DeMint headshot.jpg
Jim DeMint
(Greenville)
RepublicanJanuary 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2005
106th
107th
108th
Elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
2003–2013
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Bob Inglis
(Travelers Rest)
RepublicanJanuary 3, 2005 –
January 3, 2011
109th
110th
111th
Elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Lost renomination.
Trey Gowdy 113th Congress.jpg
Trey Gowdy
(Spartanburg)
RepublicanJanuary 3, 2011 –
January 3, 2019
112th
113th
114th
115th
Elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Retired.
2013–present
South Carolina US Congressional District 4 (since 2013).tif
William Timmons, official portrait, 116th Congress (cropped).jpg
William Timmons
(Greenville)
RepublicanJanuary 3, 2019 –
Present
116th
117th
Elected in 2018.
Re-elected in 2020.

Recent election results

2012

South Carolina's 4th congressional district, 2012[4][5]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Trey Gowdy (incumbent) 173,201 64.9
DemocraticDeb Morrow89,96433.7
GreenJeff Sumerel3,3901.3
Write-in3290.1
Total votes266,884 100.0
Republican hold

2014

South Carolina's 4th congressional district, 2014[6]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Trey Gowdy (incumbent) 126,452 84.8
LibertarianCurtis E. McLaughlin, Jr.21,96914.8
Write-in6280.4
Total votes149,049 100.0
Republican hold

2016

South Carolina's 4th congressional district, 2016 [7]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Trey Gowdy (incumbent) 198,648 67.2
DemocraticChris Fedalei91,67631.0
ConstitutionMichael Chandler5,1031.7
Write-in2430.1
Total votes295,670 100.0
Republican hold

2018

South Carolina's 4th congressional district, 2018
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican William Timmons 145,321 59.6
DemocraticBrandon Brown89,18236.6
AmericanGuy Furay9,2033.8
Write-in2440.1
Total votes243,950 100.0
Republican hold

2020

South Carolina's 4th congressional district, 2020[8]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican William Timmons (incumbent) 222,126 61.6
DemocraticKim Nelson133,02336.9
ConstitutionMichael Chandler5,0901.4
Write-in3110.1
Total votes360,550 100.0
Republican hold

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Supported the Jackson faction in the 1824 United States presidential election.

References

  1. ^ "SC4 District 4 Profile" (PDF). US Census. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "My Congressional District".
  3. ^ "Introducing the 2021 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index". The Cook Political Report. April 15, 2021. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  4. ^ "SC - Election Results". www.enr-scvotes.org. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  5. ^ The Democratic Party votes includes 28,614 votes cast for the Working Families Party. Democratic candidates in the 1st, 4th, 5th and 7th Districts also ran under this party banner.
  6. ^ "South Carolina Election Commission Official Results". West Virginia Secretary of State. November 4, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  7. ^ "2016 Statewide General Election official results". South Carolina State Election Commission. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  8. ^ "2020 Statewide General Election Night Reporting - Results". South Carolina Election Commission. November 10, 2020. Retrieved November 11, 2020.

Further reading

Coordinates:34°56′N 82°07′W / 34.93°N 82.12°W / 34.93; -82.12

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Congressional district map of South Carolina for the 5th Congress, 1796
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Col. Wade Hampton S. Ca.
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Carroll A. Campbell, Jr., Governor of South Carolina 1987–1995
JosephRBryson.jpg
Joseph R. Bryson, US Representative from South Carolina
Robert Ashmore.jpg
former congressman Robert T. Ashmore of South Carolina.
JohnHEvins.jpg
John H. Evins, US Representative from South Carolina
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Official photo of U.S. Senator Jim DeMint.
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Undated portrait of South Carolina Congressman James Mann
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James H. Goss, US Representative from South Carolina
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Boundaries for South Carolina’s 4th United States Federal Congressional District.
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G. Heyward Mahon Jr. (South Carolina Congressman)
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Portrait of American Revolutionary War militia general and US Senator from South Carolina, Thomas Sumter
John Bratton.jpg
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Alexander S. Wallace, US Representative from South Carolina
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Samuel J. Nicholls, US Representative from South Carolina
Rep. Bob Inglis, 109th Congress.jpg
Bob Inglis, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina
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Official Portrait of Liz J. Patterson
GeorgeWShell.jpg

A portrait of Congressman George W. Shell from a ”The House of Representatives of the Fifty Third Congress” (detail), The Graphic Chicago, 1893.

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John McQueen, US Representative from South Carolina
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Portrait of Joseph Travis Johnson from the Boston Globe, March 10, 1906, Page 7
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The 111th Congress official portrait of former Congressman Bob Inglis (R-South Carolina).
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John Jackson McSwain (May 1, 1875 - August 6, 1936) U.S. Representative from South Carolina
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Former United States Representative from South Carolina Stanyarne Wilson.
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William Hayne Perry (1839-1902) South Carolina Representative to US Congress
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Franklin H. Elmore
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Trey Gowdy, House Representative from South Carolina
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William Lowndes (South Carolina Congressman)
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Preston S. Brooks, Representative in Congress of the U.S. from South Carolina