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California's 47th congressional district
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California's 47th congressional district since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Alan Lowenthal
DLong Beach
Population (2019) 717,594
Median income $72,493
Ethnicity
Cook PVI D+13

California's 47th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of California. The district is centered in Long Beach, extends into the western Orange County cities of Garden Grove, Westminster, Stanton, Los Alamitos, and Cypress, and includes Catalina Island. The district is represented by Democrat Alan Lowenthal.

Competitiveness

Although the district's Cook Partisan Voting Index of D+13 suggests a fairly safe Democratic district, it is actually split between heavily Democratic portions of eastern Los Angeles County, centered around Long Beach, and Republican-leaning portions of western Orange County. However, the Los Angeles County portion has more than double the population of the Orange County portion (Long Beach alone accounts for half the population), pushing the district into the Democratic column.

After being reassigned to this district, the western Orange County cities explored a lawsuit to challenge being merged into a district which is dominated by a much larger city in a different county , however nothing came of it.

In statewide races

Election results from statewide races
Year Office Results
1992 President Bush 45.9% – 31.0%
Senator Herschensohn 58.7% – 33.7%
Senator (Special) Seymour 52.3% – 39.9%
1994 Governor Wilson 65.5% – 27.1%
Senator Huffington 58.6% - 33.1%
1996 President Dole 54.0% - 36.2%
1998 Governor Lungren 54.0% – 43.1%
Senator Fong 58.9% – 37.5%
2000 President Bush 57.5% – 38.8%
Senator Campbell 52.2% – 41.2%
2002 Governor Davis 50.8% – 40.3%
2003 Recall Yes Yes 61.7% – 38.3%
Schwarzenegger 48.9% – 31.1%
2004 President Bush 50.0% – 48.6%
Senator Boxer 57.5% – 35.4%
2006 Governor Schwarzenegger 53.6% – 40.3%
Senator Feinstein 59.5% – 33.8%
2008 President Obama 60.1% – 37.8%
2010 Governor Brown 54.4% – 37.8%
Senator Boxer 55.7% – 37.0%
2012 President Obama 60.0% – 37.5%
Senator Feinstein 61.4% – 38.6%
2014 Governor Brown 56.5% – 43.5%
2016 President Clinton 62.6% – 31.0%
Senator Harris 57.7% – 42.3%
2018 Governor Newsom 61.7% – 38.3%
Senator Feinstein 55.3% – 44.7%
Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis 54.8% – 45.2%
Secretary of State Padilla 64.1% – 35.9%
Controller Yee 65.1% – 34.9%
Treasurer Ma 63.8% – 36.2%
Attorney General Becerra 63.5% – 36.5%
Insurance Commissioner Lara 54.2% – 45.8%
Board of Equalization, 3rd District Vazquez 67.6% – 32.4%
Board of Equalization, 4th District Anderson 51.5% – 48.5%
2020 President Biden 62.4% – 35.3%

1992

1992 United States House of Representatives elections in California
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris Cox (Incumbent) 165,004 64.9
Democrat John F. Anwiler 76,924 30.3
Peace and Freedom Maxine Bell Quirk 12,297 4.8
Independent Barry Charles (write-in) 32 0.0
Total votes 244,257 100.0
Republican hold

1994

1994 United States House of Representatives elections in California
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris Cox (Incumbent) 154,071 71.7
Democrat Gary Kingsbury 53,669 25.0
Libertarian Victor A. Wagner, Jr. 7,257 3.3
Total votes 214,997 100.0
Republican hold

1996

1996 United States House of Representatives elections in California
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris Cox (Incumbent) 160,078 65.7
Democrat Tina Laine 70,362 28.9
Natural Law Iris Adam 6,573 2.8
Libertarian Victor Wagner 6,530 2.6
Total votes 243,777 100.0
Republican hold

1998

1998 United States House of Representatives elections in California
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris Cox (Incumbent) 132,711 67.6
Democrat Christina Avalos 57,938 29.5
Libertarian Victor A. Wagner, Jr. 2,991 1.5
Reform Raymond O. Mills 1,369 0.7
Natural Law Paul Fisher 1,307 0.7
Total votes 196,316 100.0
Republican hold

2000

2000 United States House of Representatives elections in California
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris Cox (Incumbent) 181,365 65.7
Democrat John Graham 83,186 30.1
Libertarian David F. Nolan 8,081 2.9
Natural Law Iris Adam 3,769 1.3
Total votes 276,401 100.0
Republican hold

2002

2002 United States House of Representatives elections in California
Party Candidate Votes %
Democrat Loretta Sanchez (Incumbent) 42,501 60.6
Republican Jeff Chavez 24,346 34.7
Libertarian Paul Marsden 2,944 4.2
Independent Kenneth M. Valenzuela-Fisher (write-in) 382 0.5
Independent Michael J. Monge (write-in) 5 0.0
Total votes 70,178 100.0
Democrat hold

2004

2004 United States House of Representatives elections in California
Party Candidate Votes %
Democrat Loretta Sanchez (Incumbent) 65,684 60.4
Republican Alexandria A. "Alex" Coronado 43,099 39.6
Total votes 108,783 100.0
Democrat hold

2006

2006 United States House of Representatives elections in California
Party Candidate Votes %
Democrat Loretta Sanchez (Incumbent) 47,134 62.4
Republican Tan D. Nguyen 28,485 37.6
Total votes 75,619 100.0
Democrat hold

2008

2008 United States House of Representatives elections in California
Party Candidate Votes %
Democrat Loretta Sanchez (Incumbent) 85,878 69.5
Republican Rosemarie "Rosie" Avila 31,432 25.4
American Independent Robert Lauten 6,274 5.1
Total votes 123,584 100.0
Democrat hold

2010

2010 United States House of Representatives elections in California
Party Candidate Votes %
Democrat Loretta Sanchez (Incumbent) 50,832 53.0
Republican Van Tran 37,679 39.3
Independent Cecilia Igleseis 7,443 7.7
Total votes 95,954 100.0
Democrat hold

2012

2012 United States House of Representatives elections in California
Party Candidate Votes %
Democrat Alan Lowenthal 130,093 56.6
Republican Gary DeLong 99,919 43.4
Total votes 230,012 100.0
Democrat hold

2014

2014 United States House of Representatives elections in California
Party Candidate Votes %
Democrat Alan Lowenthal (Incumbent) 69,061 56.0
Republican Andy Whallon 54,309 44.0
Total votes 123,370 100.0
Democrat hold

2016

2016 United States House of Representatives elections in California
Party Candidate Votes %
Democrat Alan Lowenthal (Incumbent) 154,759 63.7
Republican Andy Whallon 88,109 36.3
Total votes 242,868 100.0
Democrat hold

2018

2018 United States House of Representatives elections in California
Party Candidate Votes %
Democrat Alan Lowenthal (Incumbent) 143,354 64.9
Republican John Briscoe 77,682 35.1
Total votes 221,036 100.0
Democrat hold

2020

2020 United States House of Representatives elections in California
Party Candidate Votes %
Democrat Alan Lowenthal (incumbent) 197,028 63.3
Republican John Briscoe 114,371 36.7
Total votes 311,399 100.0
Democrat hold

Historical district boundaries

From 2003 through 2013, the district consisted of many of Orange County's central suburbs, including Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana. Due to redistricting after the 2010 United States Census, the district has moved west to parts of Los Angeles County and now includes Catalina and San Clemente islands. The district also retains parts of Orange County such as Garden Grove.

In popular culture

California's 47th congressional district was the scene of a congressional election (won by a deceased Democratic challenger), and later a congressional special election (won by the Republican incumbent), featured in several episodes of the political drama The West Wing. However, in that context, several Orange County place names were referenced that are not within the current boundaries of the district, such as the city of Newport Beach. Many of these places are currently located in the 46th and 48th districts.

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