Kentucky's 5th congressional district

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Kentucky's 5th congressional district
Current Representative Hal Rogers (RSomerset)
Distribution 21.33% urban, 78.67% rural
Population (2000) 673,670
Median income $21,915
Ethnicity 95.8% White, 1.1% Black, 0.3% Asian, 0.7% Hispanic, 0.2% Native American, 0.0% other
Cook PVI R+16[1]

Kentucky's 5th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Kentucky. Located in the heart of Appalachia in Southeastern Kentucky, the rural district is one of the most impoverished districts in the nation and, as of the 2010 U.S. Census, it has the largest percentage of Whites/Caucasians in the nation. Located within the district are the cities of Pikeville, Middlesborough, and Somerset.

This area is one of the few ancestrally Republican regions south of the Ohio River. Much of the region now in the district strongly supported the Union in the Civil War, and identified with the Republicans after hostilities ceased. This loyalty continues to this day. Indeed, most of the district's living residents have never been represented by a Democrat in Congress, and in some parts of the district there are no elected Democrats above the county level.

The district is currently represented by Republican Harold "Hal" Rogers, the dean of the Kentucky delegation.

The district from 2003 to 2013


Characteristics[edit]

As of September 2013, there were 510,329 registered voters: 253,798 (49.73%) Democrats, 235,470 (46.14%) Republicans, and 21,061 (4.13%) "Others". All of the "Others" included 15,344 (3.01%) unclassified Others, 5,385 (1.06%) Independents, 241 (0.05%) Libertarians, 43 (0.0084%) Greens, 21 (0.0041%) Constitutionalists, 20 (0.0039%) Reforms, and 7 (0.0014%) Socialist Workers.[2][3]

Until January 1, 2006, Kentucky did not track party affiliation for registered voters who were neither Democratic nor Republican.[4] The Kentucky voter registration card does not explicitly list anything other than Democratic Party, Republican Party, or Other, with the "Other" option having a blank line and no instructions on how to register as something else.[5]


List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years District Residence Note
District created March 4, 1803
John Fowler Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 - March 3, 1807 Redistricted from the 2nd district
Benjamin Howard Democratic-Republican March 4, 1807 - April 10, 1810 Resigned to become Governor of Louisiana Territory
William T. Barry Democratic-Republican August 8, 1810 - March 3, 1811
Henry Clay Democratic-Republican March 4, 1811 - March 3, 1813 Speaker of the United States House of Representatives 1811-1813, Redistricted to the 2nd district
Samuel Hopkins Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 - March 3, 1815
Alney McLean Democratic-Republican March 4, 1815 - March 3, 1817
Anthony New Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 - March 3, 1819
Alney McLean Democratic-Republican March 4, 1819 - March 3, 1821
Anthony New Democratic-Republican March 4, 1821 - March 3, 1823
John T. Johnson Jacksonian D-R March 4, 1823 - March 3, 1825 Redistricted from the 3rd district
James Johnson Jacksonian March 4, 1825 - August 13, 1826 Died
Robert L. McHatton Jacksonian December 7, 1826 - March 3, 1829
Richard M. Johnson Jacksonian March 4, 1829 - March 3, 1833 Redistricted to the 13th district
Robert P. Letcher Anti-Jacksonian August 6, 1834 - March 3, 1835 House declared new election after election was contested
James Harlan Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1835 - March 3, 1837
Whig March 4, 1837 - March 3, 1839
Simeon H. Anderson Whig March 4, 1839 - August 11, 1840 Died
John B. Thompson Whig December 7, 1840 - March 3, 1843
James W. Stone Democratic March 4, 1843 - March 3, 1845
Bryan Young Whig March 4, 1845 - March 3, 1847
John B. Thompson Whig March 4, 1847 - March 3, 1851
James W. Stone Democratic March 4, 1851 - March 3, 1853
Clement S. Hill Whig March 4, 1853 - March 3, 1855
Joshua Jewett Democratic March 4, 1855 - March 3, 1859
John Y. Brown Democratic December 3, 1860 - March 3, 1861 Did not take seat until 2nd session because did not meet age requirement for office
Charles A. Wickliffe Unionist March 4, 1861 - March 3, 1863
Robert Mallory Unionist March 4, 1863 - March 3, 1865 Redistricted from the 7th district
Lovell Rousseau Unconditional Unionist March 4, 1863 - July 21, 1866 Resigned
Lovell Rousseau Unconditional Unionist December 3, 1866 - March 3, 1867 Re-elected to seat
Asa Grover Democratic March 4, 1867 - March 3, 1869
Boyd Winchester Democratic March 4, 1869 - March 3, 1873
Elisha Standiford Democratic March 4, 1873 - March 3, 1875
Edward Y. Parsons Democratic March 4, 1875 - July 8, 1876 Died
Henry Watterson Democratic August 12, 1876 - March 3, 1877
Albert S. Willis Democratic March 4, 1877 - March 3, 1887
Asher G. Caruth Democratic March 4, 1887 - March 3, 1895
Walter Evans Republican March 4, 1895 - March 3, 1899
Oscar Turner Democratic March 4, 1899 - March 3, 1901
Harvey S. Irwin Republican March 4, 1901 - March 3, 1903
J. Swagar Sherley Democratic March 4, 1903 - March 3, 1919
Charles F. Ogden Republican March 4, 1919 - March 3, 1923
Maurice Thatcher Republican March 4, 1923 - March 3, 1933
District redistricted to At-large district March 4, 1933
District re-established January 3, 1935 from At-large district
William V. Gregory Democratic January 3, 1935 - October 10, 1936 Redistricted from the At-large district, Died October 10, 1936
Brent Spence Democratic January 3, 1937 - January 3, 1963 Redistricted from the 8th district
Eugene Siler Republican January 3, 1963 - January 3, 1965 Redistricted from the 8th district
Tim Lee Carter Republican January 3, 1965 - January 3, 1981
Hal Rogers Republican January 3, 1981 – Present Incumbent

Recent Election Results[edit]

2002[edit]

Kentucky's 5th Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hal Rogers* 137,986 78.29%
Democratic Sidney Jane Bailey 38,254 21.71%
Totals 176,240 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2004[edit]

Kentucky's 5th Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hal Rogers* 177,579 100.00%
Totals 177,579 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2006[edit]

Kentucky's 5th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hal Rogers* 147,261 73.76%
Democratic Kenneth Stepp 52,384 26.24%
Totals 199,645 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2008[edit]

Kentucky's 5th Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hal Rogers* 177,024 84.11%
Independent Jim Holbert 33,444 15.89%
Totals 210,468 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2010[edit]

Kentucky's 5th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hal Rogers* 151,019 77.43%
Democratic Jim Holbert 44,034 22.58%
Totals 195,053 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2012[edit]

Kentucky's 5th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hal Rogers* 195,408 77.90%
Democratic Kenneth S. Stepp 55,447 22.10%
Totals 250,855 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008". The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  2. ^ "Registration Statistics: By Congression District". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2013-09. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  3. ^ "Registration Statistics: Other Political Organizations and Groups". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2013-09. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  4. ^ "Kentucky Administrative Regulations 31KAR4:150". Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. 2005-11. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  5. ^ "Register To Vote". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2003-08. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 

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