Massachusetts's 5th congressional district

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Massachusetts's 5th congressional district
Massachusetts's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Massachusetts's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Katherine Clark (DMelrose)
Cook PVI D+16[1]

Massachusetts' 5th congressional district is a congressional district in eastern Massachusetts. The district is represented by Katherine Clark. Massachusetts congressional redistricting after the 2010 census has changed the borders of the district starting with the elections of 2012, with the new 3rd district largely taking the place of the old 5th.[2] The 5th district had covered many of the communities represented in the old 7th district. As of 2010, the population of the 5th congressional district was 727,515. On July 15, 2013, Ed Markey resigned from the seat to become the junior Senator from Massachusetts. On December 10, 2013, Democrat Katherine Clark won a special election to fill the seat for the remainder of the 113th Congress.[3] She was sworn in to office on December 12, 2013.

Demographics[edit]

The district has been in Democratic hands without interruption since 1975. Before Paul Tsongas' victory that year, it had only elected three Democrats in its entire existence and had been in Republican hands since 1895.

It was one of the more moderate districts in heavily Democratic Massachusetts before redistricting in 2013. In state races, it supported Republican candidates for Governor William Weld, Paul Celluci, and Mitt Romney. In the 2007 special election to replace Marty Meehan, Republican candidate Jim Ogonowski ran an unexpectedly strong race, ultimately losing 51-45%.

Cities and towns in the district[edit]

Cities and towns in the district since 2013[edit]

Map of the 5th congressional district (in purple), from 2013 to 2023
Map of the 5th congressional district in Cambridge (in green), as of 2013[4]

In Middlesex County:

Arlington, Ashland, Belmont, Cambridge: Ward 3 Precinct 2A, Ward 4 Precincts 2 and 3, Wards 6, 7, 8, and 9, Ward 10 Precincts 1 and 2, Framingham, Holliston, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Natick, Sherborn, Stoneham, Sudbury: Precincts 1A, 2, 3, 4, and 5, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Weston, Winchester and Woburn.

In Suffolk County:

Revere, and Winthrop.

In Worcester County:

Southborough.

Cities and towns in the district prior to 2013[edit]

1840s[edit]

"The towns of Ashburnham, Auburn, Barre, Brookfield, Charlton, Dana, Douglas, Dudley, Gardner, Grafton, Hardwick, Holden, Hubbardston, Leicester, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northbridge, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Rutland, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Sutton, Templeton, Upton, Uxbridge, Warren, Webster, West Boylston, Westminster, Winchendon, and Worcester, in the County of Worcester."[5]

1850s[edit]

"The wards numbered one, two, three, four, five, and six, in the city of Boston, and the towns of Chelsea and North Chelsea, and Winthrop, in the county of Suffolk; and the city of Cambridge, in the county of Middlesex."[6]

1870s[edit]

"Arlington, Belmont, Wards, 3, 4, and 5, Boston, Burlington, Everett, Lexington, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Nahant, Saugus, Somerville, Stoneham, Swampscott, Wakefield, Waltham, Winchester, and Woburn."[7]

1880s-1900s[edit]

1910s[edit]

"Essex County: Towns of Andover and Methuen. Middlesex County: Cities of Lowell and Woburn; towns of Acton, Ayer, Bedford, Blllerica, Boxboro, Burlington, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Hudson, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Pepperell, Reading, Shirley, Stow, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, Westford, and Wilmington. Worcester County: Towns of Berlin, Bolton, Harvard, and Northboro."[8]

1920s-1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

"Essex County: City of Lawrence. Towns of Andover and Methuen. Middlesex County: City of Lowell. Towns of Acton, Ashby, Bedford, Billerica, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Lexington, Littleton, North Reading, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Westford, and Wilmington."[9]

2003-2013[edit]

The district from 2003 to 2013

In Essex County:

Andover, Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen.

In Middlesex County:

Acton, Ayer, Billerica, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Hudson, Littleton, Lowell, Maynard, Shirley, Stow, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Wayland (Precincts 1, 3, and 4), Westford.

In Worcester County:

Berlin, Bolton, Harvard, Lancaster.

Recent election results[edit]

U.S. House election, 1990: Massachusetts District 5
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Chester G. Atkins 110,232 49.85
Republican John MacGovern 101,017 45.68
Other 9,891 4.47
Turnout 221,140
Democratic hold Swing
U.S. House election, 1992: Massachusetts District 5
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Marty Meehan 133,844 52.17 +2.32
Republican Paul W. Cronin 96,206 37.50 -8.18
Independent Mary Farinelli 19,077 7.44 +7.44
Independent David E. Coleman 7,214 2.81 +2.81
Write-in 223 0.09 -4.38
Turnout 256,564
Democratic hold Swing +2.32
U.S. House election, 1994: Massachusetts District 5
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Marty Meehan 140,725 69.83 +17.66
Republican David E. Coleman 60,734 30.14 -7.36
Write-in 65 0.03 -0.06
Turnout 201,524
Democratic hold Swing +17.66
U.S. House election, 1996: Massachusetts District 5
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Marty Meehan 183,429 99.08 +29.25
Republican Unopposed -30.14
Write-in 1,708 0.92 +0.89
Turnout 185,137
Democratic hold Swing +29.25
U.S. House election, 1998: Massachusetts District 5
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Marty Meehan 127,418 70.70 -28.38
Republican David E. Coleman 52,725 29.25 +29.25
Write-in 87 0.05 -0.87
Turnout 180,230
Democratic hold Swing -28.38
U.S. House election, 2000: Massachusetts District 5
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Marty Meehan 199,601 98.02 +27.32
Republican Unopposed -29.25
Write-in 4,040 1.98 +1.93
Turnout 203,641
Democratic hold Swing +27.32
U.S. House election, 2002: Massachusetts District 5
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Marty Meehan 122,562 60.15 -37.87
Republican Charles McCarthy 69,337 34.03 +34.03
Libertarian Ilana Freedman 11,729 5.76 +5.76
Write-in 149 0.07 -1.91
Turnout 203,777
Democratic hold Swing -37.87
U.S. House election, 2004: Massachusetts District 5
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Marty Meehan 179,652 66.99 +6.84
Republican Thomas Tierney 88,232 32.90 -1.13
Write-in 305 0.11 +0.04
Turnout 268,189
Democratic hold Swing +6.84
U.S. House election, 2006: Massachusetts District 5
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Marty Meehan 159,120 98.98 +31.99
Republican Unopposed -32.90
Write-in 3,152 1.02 +0.91
Turnout 216,832
Democratic hold Swing +31.99
Special election, 2007: Massachusetts District 5
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Niki Tsongas 54,363 51.32 -47.66
Republican Jim Ogonowski 47,770 45.10 +45.10
Independent Patrick Murphy 2,170 2.05 +2.05
Independent Kurt Hayes 1,125 1.06 +1.06
Constitution Kevin Thompson 494 0.47 +0.47
Turnout 105,922
Democratic hold Swing -47.66
U.S. House election, 2008: Massachusetts District 5
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Niki Tsongas 225,947 98.71 +37.39
Republican Unopposed -45.10
All Others 2,960 1.29 -2.29
Turnout 302,397
Democratic hold Swing +37.39
U.S. House election, 2010: Massachusetts District 5
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Niki Tsongas 122,858 54.84 -43.87
Republican Jonathan A. Golnik 94,646 42.25 +42.25
Independent Dale E. Brown 4,387 1.96 +1.96
Independent Robert M. Clark 1,991 0.89 +0.89
All Others 147 0.07 -1.22
Turnout 229,647
Democratic hold Swing -43.87

List of Representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years ↑ District home Electoral history
George Partridge.jpg George Partridge Pro-
Administration
March 4, 1789 –
August 14, 1790
Duxbury Resigned
Vacant August 15, 1790 –
March 4, 1791
No image.svg Shearjashub Bourne Pro-
Administration
March 4, 1791 –
March 4, 1793
Boston Redistricted to the 3rd district
District eliminated March 4, 1793 –
March 4, 1795
No image.svg Nathaniel Freeman, Jr. Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1795 –
March 4, 1799
Sandwich [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Lemuel Williams Federalist March 4, 1799 –
March 4, 1803
New Bedford Redistricted to the 8th district
No image.svg Thomas Dwight Federalist March 4, 1803 –
March 4, 1805
Springfield [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg William Ely Federalist March 4, 1805 –
March 4, 1815
Springfield [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
ElijahMills.jpg Elijah H. Mills Federalist March 4, 1815 –
March 4, 1819
Northampton Lost re-election
No image.svg Samuel Lathrop Federalist March 4, 1819 –
March 4, 1823
West Springfield Redistricted to the 8th district
No image.svg Jonas Sibley Adams-Clay
Republican
March 4, 1823 –
March 4, 1825
Sutton Lost re-election
John Davis daguerreotype by Mathew Brady 1849.jpg John Davis Adams March 4, 1825 –
March 4, 1829
Worcester Resigned to become Governor of Massachusetts
National
Republican
March 4, 1829 –
January 14, 1834
Vacant January 15, 1834 –
February 16, 1834
LLincolnJr.jpg Levi Lincoln, Jr. National
Republican
February 17, 1834 –
March 4, 1837
Worcester First elected to finish Davis's term
Resigned to become Collector of the Port of Boston
Whig March 4, 1837 –
March 16, 1841
Vacant March 17, 1841 –
May 2, 1841
No image.svg Charles Hudson Whig May 3, 1841 –
March 4, 1849
Westminster [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Charles Allen Free Soil March 4, 1849 –
March 4, 1853
Worcester Redistricted to the 9th district
William Appleton by Southworth & Hawes c1852.png William Appleton Whig March 4, 1853 –
March 4, 1855
Boston Redistricted from the 1st district and re-elected here in 1852
Lost re-election
Burlingame.gif Anson Burlingame American March 4, 1855 –
March 4, 1857
Boston [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 4, 1861
William Appleton by Southworth & Hawes c1852.png William Appleton Constitutional Unionist March 4, 1861 –
September 27, 1861
Boston Resigned because of failing health
Vacant September 28, 1861 –
December 1, 1861
Samuel Hooper from Mass.gif Samuel Hooper[10] Republican December 2, 1861 –
March 4, 1863
Boston First elected to finish Davis's term
Redistricted to the 4th district
JohnBAlley.jpg John B. Alley Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 4, 1867
Lynn Redistricted from the 6th district and re-elected here in 1862
Benjamin Franklin Butler Brady-Handy.jpg Benjamin F. Butler[11] Republican March 4, 1867 –
March 4, 1873
Lowell Redistricted to the 6th district
Daniel W Gooch.png Daniel W. Gooch Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 4, 1875
Melrose Lost re-election
Nathaniel Prentice Banks.jpg Nathaniel P. Banks[12] Independent March 4, 1875 –
March 4, 1877
Waltham First elected in 1874
Lost renomination
Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 4, 1879
Selwyn Zadock Bowman.png Selwyn Z. Bowman[13] Republican March 4, 1879 –
March 4, 1883
Somerville [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Leopold Morse.png Leopold Morse Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 4, 1885
Boston Redistricted from the 4th district and re-elected here in 1882
Retired
Edward Daniel Hayden.png Edward D. Hayden Republican March 4, 1885 –
March 4, 1889
Woburn Retired
Nathaniel Prentice Banks.jpg Nathaniel P. Banks Republican March 4, 1889 –
March 4, 1891
Waltham Elected again in 1888
Retired
Sherman Hoar.png Sherman Hoar Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 4, 1893
Concord [Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Moses T. Stevens.png Moses T. Stevens Democratic March 4, 1893 –
March 4, 1895
North Andover Redistricted from the 8th district and re-elected here in 1892
William Shadrach Knox in 1896.JPG William S. Knox[14] Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 4, 1903
Lawrence Retired
Butler Ames Massachusetts Congressman.png Butler Ames[15] Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 4, 1913
Lowell Retired
John Jacob Rogers.png John Jacob Rogers Republican March 4, 1913 –
March 28, 1925
Lowell Died
Vacant March 28, 1925 –
June 30, 1925
Edith nourse rogers.jpg Edith Nourse Rogers[16] Republican June 30, 1925 –
September 10, 1960
Lowell First elected to finish her husband's term
Died
Vacant September 10, 1960 –
January 3, 1961
Frank B. Morse.jpg F. Bradford Morse[17] Republican January 3, 1961 –
May 1, 1972
Lowell Resigned to become U.N. Under Secretary General for Political and General Assembly Affairs
Vacant May 1, 1972 –
January 3, 1973
Paul W. Cronin.jpg Paul W. Cronin Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1975
Andover Lost re-election
Senator Paul Tsongas.jpg Paul Tsongas Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1979
Lowell Retired to run for U.S. Senate
James Shannon.jpg James Shannon Democratic January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1985
Lawrence Retired to run for U.S. Senate
ChesterGAtkins.jpg Chester G. Atkins[18] Democratic January 3, 1985 –
January 3, 1993
Concord Lost renomination
Marty Meehan official portrait.jpg Marty Meehan Democratic January 3, 1993 –
July 1, 2007
Lowell Resigned to become Chancellor of University of Massachusetts Lowell
Vacant July 1, 2007 –
October 16, 2007
Niki Tsongas, official 110th Congress photo portrait.jpg Niki Tsongas Democratic October 16, 2007 –
January 3, 2013
Lowell First elected to finish Meehan's term
Re-elected in 2008
Re-elected in 2010
Redistricted to the 3rd district
Ed Markey, Official Portrait, 112th Congress 2.jpg Ed Markey Democratic January 3, 2013 –
July 15, 2013
Malden Redistricted from the 7th district and re-elected here in 2012
Resigned after being elected to the U.S. Senate.
Vacant July 15, 2013 –
December 10, 2013
Katherine Clark 2013.jpg Katherine Clark Democratic December 10, 2013 –
Present
Melrose Elected to finish Markey's term
Representative Party Years ↑ District home Electoral history

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.sec.state.ma.us/spr/sprcat/catpdf2010/cong2010/CongressionalDistrict_2011State.pdf Access date: March 28, 2012.
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  14. ^ L.A. Coolidge (1897). "Massachusetts". Official Congressional Directory: Fifty-Fifth Congress. Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 
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  17. ^ "Massachusetts". Official Congressional Directory: 90th Congress. Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1968. 
  18. ^ "Massachusetts". 1991-1992 Official Congressional Directory: 102nd Congress. Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1991. 

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Maps[edit]

Election results[edit]

Coordinates: 42°21′19″N 71°17′54″W / 42.35528°N 71.29833°W / 42.35528; -71.29833