Louisiana's 8th congressional district

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Louisiana's 8th congressional district is a defunct Congressional district and no longer exists after Louisiana lost its eighth Congressional seat in the 1990 U. S. Census. For its entire existence, it was based in Alexandria and included much of the north-central part of the state.

Beginning in 1972, the district was redrawn at the direction of Governor Edwin Washington Edwards to take in liberal precincts in and around Baton Rouge in order to aid the return to Congress of Gillis W. Long.

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years District home Notes
District created March 4, 1913 Created following 1910 census
President-James-B-Aswell-00-04-225x300.jpg James Benjamin Aswell Democratic March 4, 1913 - March 16, 1931 Natchitoches Died
Vacant March 16, 1931 - May 12, 1931
John Overton.jpg John H. Overton Democratic May 12, 1931 - March 3, 1933 Marksville Retired to run for U.S. Senate
No image.svg Cleveland Dear Democratic March 4, 1933 - January 3, 1937 Alexandria
A. Leonard Allen.jpg A. Leonard Allen Democratic January 3, 1937 - January 3, 1953 Winnfield
No image.svg George S. Long Democratic January 3, 1953 - March 22, 1958 Pineville Died
Vacant March 22, 1958 - January 3, 1959
No image.svg Harold B. McSween Democratic January 3, 1959 - January 3, 1963 Alexandria
Gillis William Long.jpg Gillis W. Long Democratic January 3, 1963 - January 3, 1965 Alexandria
Speedy Long.jpg Speedy O. Long Democratic January 3, 1965 - January 3, 1973 Jena
Gillis William Long.jpg Gillis W. Long Democratic January 3, 1973 - January 20, 1985 Alexandria Died
Vacant January 20, 1985 - March 30, 1985
Catherine Small Long.jpg Catherine Small Long Democratic March 30, 1985 - January 3, 1987 Alexandria
Clyde C. Holloway.jpg Clyde C. Holloway Republican January 3, 1987 - January 3, 1993 Forest Hill
District eliminated January 3, 1993

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