Louisiana's 5th congressional district

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Louisiana's 5th congressional district
Louisiana's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Louisiana's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Vance McAllister (RSwartz)
Distribution 52.79% urban, 47.21% rural
Population (2000) 638,517
Median income $27,453
Ethnicity 64.1% White, 33.9% Black, 0.5% Asian, 1.3% Hispanic, 0.4% Native American, 0.0% other
Cook PVI R+14[1]

Louisiana's 5th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The district covers most of the northeastern and central portions of the state and contains the cities of Monroe and Alexandria.

On November 16, 2013, the Republican newcomer Vance McAllister, a businessman from Swartz, handily defeated State Senator Neil Riser of Columbia in Caldwell Parish to claim the seat in a special election. McAllister led Riser, 54,449 (59.7) to 36,837 (40.3 percent), with all 981 precincts reporting. McAllister won fourteen of the twenty-four parishes in the district, including large margins in Ouachita and Rapides.[2] McAllister had criticized Jindal for not extending Medicaid to qualified poor Louisianians and Riser had endorsed the refusal. The election was seen as a rejection of Governor Bobby Jindal's efforts to have the seat vacated and to replace Alexander with his hand-picked candidate in a low-turnout special election.[3] The runoff turnout was less than 19%, three percent less than it had been in the primary.[4]

Previously the seat was held by Rodney Alexander, who in 2004 had switched from the Democratic Party to the GOP. Alexander resigned on September 26, 2013 to become secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs under Republican Governor Bobby Jindal.

Originally 14 candidates ran to succeed Alexander, including Clyde C. Holloway, a former representative from Louisiana's 8th congressional district, since disbanded. Riser and McAllister emerged from the primary to meet in the runoff.

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
Civil War and Reconstruction
No image.svg W. Jasper Blackburn Republican July 18, 1868 –
March 3, 1869
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Frank Morey.jpg Frank Morey Republican March 4, 1869 –
June 8, 1876
Lost contested election
WilliamBSpencer.jpg William B. Spencer Democratic June 8, 1876 –
January 8, 1877
Won contested election
Resigned after being appointed associate justice of Louisiana Supreme Court
Vacant January 8, 1877 –
March 4, 1877
No image.svg John E. Leonard Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 15, 1878
Died
Vacant March 15, 1878 –
November 5, 1878
No image.svg J. Smith Young Democratic November 5, 1878 –
March 3, 1879
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg J. Floyd King Democratic March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1887
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Cherubusco Newton Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1889
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Charles J. Boatner Democratic March 4, 1889 –
March 20, 1896
House declared seat vacant after election was contested by Alexis Benoit
Vacant March 20, 1896 –
June 10, 1896
No image.svg Charles J. Boatner Democratic June 10, 1896 –
March 3, 1897
Elected to fill vacancy of open seat
No image.svg Samuel T. Baird Democratic March 4, 1897 –
April 22, 1899
Died
Vacant April 22, 1899 –
August 29, 1899
No image.svg Joseph E. Ransdell Democratic August 29, 1899 –
March 3, 1913
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg James Walter Elder Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
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No image.svg Riley J. Wilson Democratic March 4, 1915 –
January 3, 1937
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No image.svg Newt V. Mills Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1943
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No image.svg Charles E. McKenzie Democratic January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1947
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No image.svg Otto Passman Democratic January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1977
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No image.svg Jerry Huckaby Democratic January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1993
Lost 1992 general election
No image.svg Jim McCrery Republican January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1997
Redistricted from 4th district
Redistricted to 4th district
Johncooksey.jpg John Cooksey Republican January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2003
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Rep. Rodney Alexander.jpg Rodney Alexander Democratic January 3, 2003 –
August 9, 2004
Republican August 9, 2004 –
September 26, 2013
Resigned to become Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
Vacant September 26, 2013 –
November 16, 2013
Vance McAllister.jpg Vance McAllister Republican November 16, 2013 –
Present
Elected to finish Alexander's term

Recent Election Results[edit]

2002[edit]

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Runoff Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Rodney Alexander* 86,718 50.28%
Republican Lee Fletcher 85,744 49.72%
Totals 172,462 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2004[edit]

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rodney Alexander* 141,495 59.44%
Democratic Zelma "Tisa" Blakes 58,591 24.61%
Republican John W. "Jock" Scott 37,971 15.95%
Totals 238,057 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic
  • NOTE: Rodney Alexander switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party.

2006[edit]

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rodney Alexander 78,211 68.26%
Democratic Gloria Williams Hearn 33,233 29.00%
Libertarian Brent Sanders 1,876 1.64%
Independent John Watts 1,262 1.10%
Totals 114,582 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2008[edit]

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rodney Alexander ' 100.00%
Totals ' 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2010[edit]

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rodney Alexander 122,033 78.57%
Independent Tom Gibbs, Jr. 33,279 21.43%
Totals 155,312 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2012[edit]

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rodney Alexander (Incumbent) 202,536 77.83%
No Party "Ron" Ceasar 37,486 14.41%
Libertarian Clay Steven Grant 20,194 7.76%
Totals 260,216 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2013 (special)[edit]

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Special Election (2013)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Vance McAllister 54,449 59.65%%
Republican Neil Riser 36,837 40.35%%
Totals 91,286 18.9%%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008". The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  2. ^ "5th congressional district special election returns, November 16, 2013". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ 'Riser, Alexander and Jindal', the Advocate, James Gill, 3 November 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  4. ^ 'Political newcomer Vance McAllister wins 5th District special election', Times-Picayune, By Lauren McGaughy, 16 November 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013.

Coordinates: 31°45′59″N 91°49′25″W / 31.7664°N 91.8236°W / 31.7664; -91.8236