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Massachusetts, State Representative, 4th Bristol

Massachusetts House of Representatives Fourth Bristol District
Current incumbentSteven Howitt Republican Party
Population39,441
Race95.90% White, 0.85% Black, 1.18% Asian
Ethnicity1.65% Hispanic

Massachusetts' Fourth Bristol state house district is represented by Republican Representative Steven Howitt.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 39,441 civilians reside within Massachusetts' Fourth Bristol state house district. Massachusetts state representatives represent an average of 40,923 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 39,682 residents.

About the office

Members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Massachusetts legislators assume office the first Wednesday in January after the election.

Qualifications

Article LXXI of the Massachusetts Constitution states: "Every representative, for one year at least immediately preceding his election, shall have been an inhabitant of the district for which he is chosen and shall cease to represent such district when he shall cease to be an inhabitant of the commonwealth."

Salaries

State legislators
SalaryPer diem
$62,548/yearNo per diem is paid.

Vacancies

If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be conducted to fill the vacant seat. The election must be held on the next regularly scheduled date on the election calendar. Local governments who conduct special elections receive reimbursement from the State Treasurer's office for all costs incurred.

Elections

2020

Elections for the office of Massachusetts House of Representatives will take place in 2020. The general election will be held on November 3, 2020. A primary is scheduled for September 1, 2020. The local filing deadline is May 5, 2020, and the state filing deadline is June 2, 2020.

2018

General election
General election for Massachusetts House of Representatives 4th Bristol District

Incumbent Steven Howitt (R) won election in the general election for Massachusetts House of Representatives 4th Bristol District on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Steven Howitt (R)
98.5
13,299
Other/Write-in votes
1.5
209

Total votes: 13,508
Democratic primary election

No Democratic candidates ran in the primary.

Republican primary election
Republican primary for Massachusetts House of Representatives 4th Bristol District

Incumbent Steven Howitt advanced from the Republican primary for Massachusetts House of Representatives 4th Bristol District on September 4, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Steven Howitt (R)
100
1,405

Total votes: 1,405

2016

Elections for the Massachusetts House of Representatives took place in 2016. The primary election took place on September 8, 2016, and the general election was held on November 8, 2016. The candidate filing deadline was June 7, 2016.

Incumbent Steven Howitt defeated Paul W. Jacques in the Massachusetts House of Representatives Fourth Bristol District general election.

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fourth Bristol District General Election, 2016

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.png Steven Howitt Incumbent 62.27% 13,253
Democratic Paul W. Jacques 37.73% 8,030
Total Votes 21,283
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth

Paul W. Jacques ran unopposed in the Massachusetts House of Representatives Fourth Bristol District Democratic Primary.

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fourth Bristol District Democratic Primary, 2016

Party Candidate
Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Paul W. Jacques (unopposed)

Incumbent Steven Howitt ran unopposed in the Massachusetts House of Representatives Fourth Bristol District Republican Primary.

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fourth Bristol District Republican Primary, 2016

Party Candidate
Republican Green check mark transparent.png Steven Howitt Incumbent (unopposed)

2014

Elections for the Massachusetts House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on September 9, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Steven Howitt was unopposed in the Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election.

2012

Elections for the office of Massachusetts House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on September 6, 2012 and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 29, 2012. Incumbent Steven Howitt (R) defeated A. Keith Carreiro (D) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the September 6 primary elections.

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fourth Bristol District, General Election, 2012

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Howitt Incumbent 61.4% 11,961
Democratic A. Keith Carreiro 38.6% 7,515
Total Votes 19,476

Campaign contributions

From 2012 to 2016, candidates for Massachusetts House of Representatives Fourth Bristol District raised a total of $271,171. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $54,234 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Massachusetts House of Representatives Fourth Bristol District

Year Amount Candidates Average
2016 $186,348 2 $93,174
2014 $21,949 1 $21,949
2012 * $62,874 2 $31,437
Total $271,171 5 $54,234
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.