Six years after Rep. Paul Gosar promised his constituents he would eventually buy a home in his adopted district, he still hasn’t done so.

The four-term Republican lawmaker still rents a Prescott apartment in Arizona's 4th Congressional District and primarily lives in Flagstaff, according to Coconino County property records and Yavapai County voter registration records.

There's no law requiring members of Congress to live within their district. But Gosar has long maintained that he planned to buy a home in Prescott to live among his constituents.

Joe Kanefield, Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Political and Election Law Group and a lawyer who oversaw the state's elections under then-Secretary of State Jan Brewer, said the law requires a determination of where a person resides or intends to remain, a soupy standard that defies easy answers.

"This is intent. It's factual, it's not a question of statutes," he said. "Residency cases are tough."

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