California's 44th congressional district

California's 44th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of California. The district is centered in South Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Harbor Region. It is currently represented by Democrat Nanette Barragán.

The 44th district is composed of the these cities and communities: Carson, Compton, East Compton, East Rancho Dominguez, Lynwood, North Long Beach, San Pedro, South Gate, Watts, Walnut Park, West Rancho Dominguez, Willowbrook, and Wilmington.

The congressional district is located in the southern portion of the state and includes part of Los Angeles County. The district's current borders are delineated by the 110 freeway in its western border. Takes an inward right following the 105 Freeway. Following S. Central Avenue north and then zig-zags its way to Florence Ave at its' apex. Its eastern border runs mostly along the 710 Freeway until reaching the Pacific Ocean.


The following school districts serve the area: Los Angeles Unified School District, Compton Unified School District, Lynwood Unified School District, Long Beach Unified School District, and Paramount Unified School District.

California State University Dominguez Hills, Compton Community College, and Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science are the only institutions of higher education in the district.

The high school graduation rate is 63.9% and bachelor's degree or higher [ 13.4%]

Recent election results in statewide races

List of members representing the district

District created January 3, 1983.

Election results









1998 (Special)












Historical district boundaries

What was once the 44th Congressional District is now California's 50th Congressional District.

In the 1980s, the 44th District was one of four that divided San Diego. It covered some of the northern and eastern parts of San Diego County. The district had been held for eight years by Democrat Jim Bates and was considered the most Democratic district in the San Diego area. However, Bates was bogged down in a scandal involving charges of sexual harassment. Randy "Duke" Cunningham won the Republican nomination and hammered Bates about the scandal. He won by just a point, meaning that the San Diego area was represented entirely by Republicans for only the second time since the city was split into three districts after the 1960 U.S. Census.

In the 1990 U.S. Census, the district was renumbered the 51st Congressional District, and much of its share of San Diego was moved to the new 50th Congressional District.

Between 2003 and 2013, the 44th district covered an area of Southern California from San Clemente in Orange County on the coast, north-by-northeast inland to Riverside County, including the cities of Corona, Norco, Rubidoux, and Riverside.