Wisconsin's 5th congressional district

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Wisconsin's 5th congressional district
The district as of 2002
The district as of 2002
Current Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (RMenomonee Falls)
Area 1,273.23 mi²
Distribution 84.79% urban, 15.21% rural
Population (2000) 670,458
Median income $58,594
Ethnicity 95.3% White, 1.3% Black, 1.5% Asian, 2.2% Hispanic, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% other
Occupation 20.2% blue collar, 66.8% white collar, 13.0% gray collar
Cook PVI R+13

Wisconsin's 5th congressional district is a congressional district of the United States House of Representatives in Wisconsin, covering all of Washington County, some of Waukesha County and portions of Milwaukee and Jefferson counties. The district includes the northern Milwaukee suburbs as well as the more affluent western suburbs. It is currently represented by Republican Jim Sensenbrenner.

This is the wealthiest and most Republican district in Wisconsin. George W. Bush carried the district in 2004 with 63% of the vote. The 5th District was the only district in Wisconsin that John McCain won in 2008, giving 57.73% of the vote to McCain and 41.28% to Barack Obama.

Prior to the 2000 census (when Wisconsin lost a seat in Congress), the 5th District was a Milwaukee district, with vastly different boundaries and political history, represented often by Democrats or even Socialists. The district now numbered the 5th was primarily encompassed in Wisconsin's 9th congressional district until the abolition of the latter.

List of Representatives[edit]


Congress(es) Representative Party Years District home Note
District created March 4, 1863
38th Ezra Wheeler Democratic March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1865 Berlin
39th42nd Philetus Sawyer - Brady-Handy.jpg Philetus Sawyer Republican March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1873 Oshkosh Redistricted to 6th district
43rd CharlesAEldredge.jpg Charles Augustus Eldredge Democratic March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875 Fond du Lac Redistricted from 4th district
44th Samuel D. Burchard Democratic March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1877
45th47th GenESBragg.jpg Edward S. Bragg Democratic March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1883 Fond du Lac
48th49th Joseph Rankin Democratic March 4, 1883 – January 24, 1886 Manitowoc Died
Vacant January 24, 1886 – March 8, 1886
49th50th Thomas R. Hudd Democratic March 8, 1886 – March 3, 1889 Green Bay
51st53rd Bricknerportrait.jpg George H. Brickner Democratic March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1895 Sheboygan Falls
54th57th Samuel Stebbins Barney.jpg Samuel S. Barney Republican March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1903 West Bend Retired
58th61st WilliamHStafford.jpg William H. Stafford Republican March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1911 Milwaukee Lost renomination
62nd Berger-victor-1905.jpg Victor L. Berger Socialist March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1913 Lost re-election to Stafford
63rd65th WilliamHStafford.jpg William H. Stafford Republican March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1919 Milwaukee Lost re-election to Berger
Vacant March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1921 Congress refused to seat Rep.-elect Victor L. Berger
67th WilliamHStafford.jpg William H. Stafford Republican March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1923 Milwaukee Lost re-election to Berger
68th70th Berger-victor-1905.jpg Victor L. Berger Socialist March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1929 Lost re-election to Stafford
71st72nd WilliamHStafford.jpg William H. Stafford Republican March 4, 1929 – March 3, 1933 Milwaukee Lost renomination
73rd75th Thomas O'Malley Democratic March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1939 Lost re-election
76th77th Lewis D. Thill Republican January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1943 Lost re-election
78th Howard J. McMurray Democratic January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1945 Retired to run for U.S. Senate
79th Andrew Biemiller Democratic January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1947 Lost re-election to Kersten
80th CharlesJKersten.jpg Charles J. Kersten Republican January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949 Lost re-election to Biemiller
81st Andrew Biemiller Democratic January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1951 Lost re-election to Kersten
82nd83rd CharlesJKersten.jpg Charles J. Kersten Republican January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1955 Lost re-election to Reuss
84th97th Henry S. Reuss.jpg Henry S. Reuss Democratic January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1983 Milwaukee Retired
98th102nd Jim Moody.jpg Jim Moody Democratic January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993 Retired to run for U.S. Senate
103rd107th Tom Barrett (Congress).jpg Tom Barrett Democratic January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2003 Milwaukee Retired to run for Governor
108th–Present Sensibrenner.jpeg Jim Sensenbrenner Republican January 3, 2003 – Present Redistricted from the 9th district, Incumbent

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Coordinates: 43°11′59″N 88°31′53″W / 43.19972°N 88.53139°W / 43.19972; -88.53139