Louisiana's 6th congressional district

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Louisiana's 6th congressional district
Louisiana's 6th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Louisiana's 6th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Bill Cassidy (RBaton Rouge)
Cook PVI R+19[1]

Louisiana's 6th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Located in south-central Louisiana, the district contains most of the state capital of Baton Rouge, the bulk of Baton Rouge's suburbs, and continues south to Houma. It also includes the western shores of Lake Pontchartrain.

The district is currently represented by Republican Bill Cassidy.

History[edit]

Since the 6th Congressional District's creation, its boundaries have migrated from a position astraddle the Mississippi River to completely east of the Mississippi River and more recently astraddle the river again.

For decades prior to 1974, the district was virtually coterminous with the Florida Parishes centered on Hammond. In 1974, the 6th Congressional District shed St. Tammany Parish to the 1st Congressional District, and since then several redistrictings have incrementally moved the 6th Congressional District's boundaries westward so that it has shed both Washington and Tangipahoa parishes (including Hammond, home of James H. Morrison, who represented the district for 24 years, the longest tenure of anyone ever to represent the district). Washington and Tangipahoa parishes switched, like St. Tammany Parish, to the strongly Republican 1st Congressional District.

For most of its existence, the district's lines generally followed parish lines. In the 1990s redistricting, however, most of the district's black voters were transferred to the black-majority 4th District. Those lines, however, were thrown out in 1995 when the 4th was ruled to be an unconstitutional racial gerrymander, and for the 1996 election the 6th included all of Baton Rouge. After the 2010 redistricting, a gash in western Baton Rouge, including most of the city's black precincts, was transferred to the New Orleans-based 2nd District.

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1875
Charles E. Nash, MC (1875-77).jpg Charles E. Nash Republican March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
EdwardWhiteRobertson.jpg Edward White Robertson Democratic March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1883
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Edward Taylor Lewis Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
Won special election after the death of Representative-elect Andrew S. Herron
No image.svg Alfred Briggs Irion Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1887
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
EdwardWhiteRobertson.jpg Edward White Robertson Democratic March 4, 1887 –
August 2, 1887
Died
Vacant August 2, 1887 –
December 5, 1887
No image.svg Samuel Matthews Robertson Democratic December 5, 1887 –
March 3, 1907
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg George Kent Favrot Democratic March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1909
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Robert Charles Wickliffe Democratic March 4, 1909 –
June 11, 1912
Died
Vacant June 11, 1912 –
November 5, 1912
No image.svg Lewis Lovering Morgan Democratic November 5, 1912 –
March 3, 1917
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Jared Young Sanders Democratic March 4, 1917 –
March 3, 1921
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg George Kent Favrot Democratic March 4, 1921 –
March 4, 1925
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Bolivar E. Kemp Democratic March 4, 1925 –
June 19, 1933
Died
Vacant June 19, 1933 –
May 1, 1934
No image.svg Jared Y. Sanders, Jr. Democratic May 1, 1934 –
January 3, 1937
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg John K. Griffith Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1941
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Jared Y. Sanders, Jr. Democratic January 3, 1941 –
January 3, 1943
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg James H. Morrison Democratic January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1967
Lost bid for re-election in 1966
No image.svg John R. Rarick Democratic January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1975
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Henson Moore 1977 congressional photo.jpg Henson Moore Republican January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1987
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Richard Baker, 109th Congress photo portrait.jpg Richard Baker Republican January 3, 1987 –
February 2, 2008
Resigned
Vacant February 2, 2008 –
May 3, 2008
Don Cazayoux, official 110th Congress photo portrait, 2008.jpg Don Cazayoux Democratic May 3, 2008 –
January 3, 2009
Elected to finish Baker's term
Lost election for full term
Bill Cassidy, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Bill Cassidy Republican January 3, 2009 –
Present

Recent Election Results[edit]

2002[edit]

Louisiana's 6th Congressional District Runoff Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard H. Baker* 146,932 84.04%
Libertarian Rick Moscatello 27,898 15.96%
Totals 174,830 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2004[edit]

Louisiana's 6th Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard H. Baker* 188,980 72.24%
Democratic Rufus Craig, Jr. 50,642 19.36%
Democratic Edward "Scott" Galmon 21,987 8.41%
Totals 261,609 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2006[edit]

Louisiana's 6th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard H. Baker* 94,658 82.81%
Libertarian Richard Fontanesi 19,648 17.19%
Totals 114,306 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2008[edit]

Louisiana's 6th Congressional District Special Election (May 3, 2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Don Cazayoux 49,703 49.20%
Republican Woody Jenkins 46,746 46.78%
Independent Ashley Casey 3,718 3.68%
Independent Peter J. Aranyosi 448 0.44%
Constitution Randall T. Hayes 402 0.40%
Totals 101,017 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic gain from Republican
Louisiana's 6th Congressional District General Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Cassidy 150,332 48.12%
Democratic Don Cazayoux* 125,886 40.29%
Independent Michael Jackson 36,198 11.59%
Totals 312,416 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

2010[edit]

Louisiana's 6th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Cassidy* 138,607 65.63%
Democratic Merritt E. McDonald, Sr. 72,577 34.37%
Totals 211,184 100.00%
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. 

Coordinates: 30°17′51″N 91°01′30″W / 30.29750°N 91.02500°W / 30.29750; -91.02500