Louisiana's congressional districts
Louisiana was purchased from France in 1803, and the territory was organized into the District of Louisiana and the Territory of Orleans in 1804. Areas that are within the current boundaries of Louisiana, but were outside the Territory of Orleans, were ceded by the Spanish in the Adams-Onís Treaty of 1819. From 1806 until 1811, the Territory of Orleans sent one non-voting delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. Upon Louisiana's admission to the United States in 1812, and until 1823, Louisiana had only one at-large representative. In 1823, three districts were granted to Louisiana. By 1875, Louisiana had six districts. The seventh district was created on March 3, 1903 following results of the 1900 U.S. Census. The eighth district was added just ten years later. The eighth district, based in Alexandria, was eliminated on January 3, 1993 after results of the 1990 U.S. Census.
See main article at Louisiana's 1st congressional district
The 1st district encompasses areas of both the North and South Shores of Lake Ponchartrain. The district includes some or all of the following Louisiana parishes: Washington, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Jefferson, Orleans and St. Charles. It includes the cities of Hammond and Slidell and most of the western suburbs of New Orleans, including Metairie and Kenner, along with a small portion of the city of New Orleans itself.
See main article at Louisiana's 2nd congressional district
Like the 1st district, the 2nd district was established in 1823 for the 18th United States Congress. Nowadays it contains nearly all of the city of New Orleans (a small portion located in the neighboring 1st District), and some of its suburbs, including the West Bank portion of Jefferson Parish and South Kenner.
See main article at Louisiana's 3rd congressional district
The 3rd district was created in 1823 as part of the 18th United States Congress.
See main article at Louisiana's 4th congressional district
See main article at Louisiana's 5th congressional district
The district was created in 1867 for the 40th United States Congress after the readmission of Louisiana to the Union.
See main article at Louisiana's 6th congressional district
The district was created in 1875 for the 44th United States Congress with the concurrent dissolution of the at-large district that was added in 1873.
See main article at Louisiana's 7th congressional district
See main article at Louisiana's 8th congressional district
Due to the data from the 1990 United States Census, the eight district was eliminated in 1993. The district was created in 1913 for the 63rd United States Congress after the results of the 1910 United States Census.
The at-large district has been present twice in Louisiana's history, though it is now obsolete. Upon the creation of the State of Louisiana, one at-large Congressman represented Louisiana from the 12th through the 17th United States Congress. In 1873, an at-large district was created for the 43rd United States Congress based on the 1870 United States Census. This became the sixth district in the next Congress.
Historical district boundaries