Florida's 5th congressional district

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Florida's 5th congressional district
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Florida's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2017
Current Representative Al Lawson (DTallahassee)
Area 3,911[1] sq mi (10,130 km2)
  • 83.37[2]% urban
  • 16.63% rural
Population (2016) 728,346[3]
Cook PVI D+12[4]

Florida's 5th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Florida. It extends along Florida's northern boundary from Jacksonville to Tallahassee. The district includes all of Baker, Gadsden, Hamilton, Madison counties and portions of Columbia, Duval, Jefferson, and Leon counties.

From 2013 until 2017, the district snaked its way from Jacksonville to Orlando and was considered one of the most-gerrymandered congressional districts in the country.[5] Before 2013, similar territory was in the 3rd district.

From 2002 to 2013 the district comprised all of Citrus, Hernando, and Sumter counties and most of Lake, Levy, and Pasco counties and portions of Marion and Polk counties. The district included northern exurbs of Tampa and western exurbs of Orlando within the high-growth Interstate 4 Corridor. This iteration of the 5th district is now largely contained in the 11th district.

The district is currently represented by Democrat Al Lawson.

Historical district boundaries[edit]

Prior district number 5

Florida's 3rd Congressional District was renumbered to 5th Congressional District but was little changed in the redistricting process in 2012, still winding from Orlando in the south to central Jacksonville in the north.[6]

From 1973 to 1993 the erstwhile 3rd district was based in Orange County, including Walt Disney World and most of Orlando. The peculiar shape of the 3rd (now 5th) Congressional District dates from reapportionment done by the Florida Legislature after the 1990 U.S. Census. The 1993–2012 3rd Congressional District was geographically distinctive. Starting from the southern part of the district, it included the Pine Hills area of the Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan Area with small pockets of African-American neighborhoods in the cities of Sanford, Gainesville, Palatka, and finally the larger African American communities of Jacksonville.[7] Connecting these areas were regions which are sparsely populated—either expansive rural areas or narrow strips which are only a few miles wide.[8][9] Barack Obama received 73% of the vote in this district in the 2008 Presidential election.

Court-ordered changes[edit]

On July 11, 2014, Florida Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ruled that this district, along with the neighboring District 10, had been drawn to favor the Republican party by packing black Democratic voters into District 5.[7][10] On August 1, Judge Lewis gave Florida's state legislature an Aug. 15 deadline to submit new congressional maps for those two districts.[11]

5th District Representative Corrine Brown issued a statement blasting Lewis's decision on the district map as "seriously flawed,"[9] and Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Marcia Fudge sent a sharply worded letter to Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel complaining about the party’s support for the lawsuit challenging Florida's district maps.[12]

Brown said that "we will go all the way to the United States Supreme Court, dealing with making sure that African Americans are not disenfranchised."[13] Florida House Redistricting Chairman Richard Corcoran, a Republican, said that "consideration of political data is legally required" to ensure that district boundaries would not be so shifted as to not allow African-Americans a chance to elect representatives of their choice.[14]

On appeal, the Florida Supreme Court approved a redrawn version of District 5 on December 2, 2015. That plan went into effect for the 2016 elections.[15] The Florida Supreme Court states in its final opinion:

"With a black share of registered Democrats of 66.1%, the black candidate of choice is likely to win a contested Democratic primary, and with a Democratic registration advantage of 61.1% to 23.0% over Republicans, the Democratic candidate is likely to win the general election."


Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
1992 President Clinton 42–34%
1996 President Clinton 50–37%
2000 President Gore 50–46%
2004 President Bush 58–41%
2008 President McCain 56–43%
2012 President Obama 63-35%
2016 President Clinton 61–35%

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years Notes
District created January 3, 1937
Joe Hendricks.jpg Joe Hendricks Democratic January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1949
AS Herlong.jpg Syd Herlong Democratic January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1967 Redistricted to the 4th district
Edward J Gurney.jpg Edward Gurney Republican January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1969 Redistricted from the 11th district
Louis Frey.jpg Louis Frey, Jr. Republican January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1973 Redistricted to the 9th district
Bill Gunter.jpg Bill Gunter Democratic January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1975
Congressman Richard Kelly.jpg Richard Kelly Republican January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1981
1981 Bill McCollum p27.jpg Bill McCollum Republican January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1993 Redistricted to the 8th district
Karen Thurman.jpg Karen Thurman Democratic January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2003
Ginny Waite-Brown.jpg Ginny Brown-Waite Republican January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2011
Nugent Official Photo - 112th.JPG Rich Nugent Republican January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013 Redistricted to the 11th district
Corrinebrown.jpeg Corrine Brown Democratic January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2017 Redistricted from the 3rd district
Al Lawson 115th Congress photo (cropped).jpg Al Lawson Democratic January 3, 2017 – Present

Election results[edit]


Florida's 5th Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ginny Brown-Waite 121,998 47.90
Democratic Karen L. Thurman* 117,758 46.24
Independent Jack Gargan 8,639 3.39
Independent Brian P. Moore 6,223 2.44
No party Others 53 0.02%
Total votes 254,671 100.00
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Republican gain from Democratic


Florida's 5th Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ginny Brown-Waite* 240,315 65.93
Democratic Robert G. Whittel 124,140 34.06
No party Others 33 0.01%
Total votes 364,488 100.00
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Republican hold


Florida's 5th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ginny Brown-Waite* 162,421 59.85
Democratic John T. Russell 108,959 40.15
Total votes 271,380 100.00
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Republican hold


Florida's 5th Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ginny Brown-Waite* 265,186 61.15
Democratic John T. Russell 168,446 38.85
Total votes 433,632 100.00
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Republican hold


Florida's 5th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rich Nugent 208,815 67.43
Democratic Jim Piccillo 100,858 32.57
Total votes 309,673
Turnout {{{votes}}} 100.0
Republican hold


Florida's 5th Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Corrine Brown 190,472 70.80
Republican LeAnne Kolb 70,700 26.30
No Party Affiliation Eileen Fleming 7,978 3.00
Total votes 269,153
Turnout {{{votes}}} 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican


Florida's 5th Congressional District Election (2014)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Corrine Brown 112,340 65.47
Republican Glo Smith 59.237 34.53
Total votes 171,577
Turnout {{{votes}}} 100.0
Democratic hold

Living former Representatives[edit]

As of January 2017, there are five former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 5th congressional district who are currently living at this time.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Louis Frey, Jr. 1969–1973 (1934-01-11) January 11, 1934 (age 84)
Karen Thurman 1993–2003 (1951-01-12) January 12, 1951 (age 67)
Ginny Brown-Waite 2003–2011 (1943-10-05) October 5, 1943 (age 74)
Rich Nugent 2011–2013 (1951-05-26) May 26, 1951 (age 67)
Corrine Brown 2013–2017 (1946-11-11) November 11, 1946 (age 71)

Historical district boundaries[edit]


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  2. ^ https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/cd_state.html
  3. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=12&cd=05
  4. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  5. ^ Ingraham, Christopher (May 15, 2014). "America's most gerrymandered congressional districts". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved May 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Florida's 5th Congressional District". WJXT - Jacksonville. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b James, Frank (11 July 2014). "Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery". NPR.org. National Public Radio. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Leary, Alex (14 May 2011). "Democrat U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown again aligns with GOP in Florida redistricting battle". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Leary, Alex (10 July 2012). "Corrine Brown calls redistricting decision 'seriously flawed'". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  10. ^ http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/211930-judge-strikes-down-florida-congressional-lines
  11. ^ Cotterell, Bill (5 August 2014). "Florida elections face uncertainty as congressional maps redrawn". Thomson Reuters. Reuters. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Isenstadt, Alex (4 August 2014). "CBC, DCCC clash over Fla. redistricting suit". POLITICO.com. POLITICO LLC. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Livingston, Abby (11 July 2012). "Florida Redistricting Ruling Gets Mixed Reactions From Democrats". Rollcall.com. CQ-Roll Call. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Deslatte, Aaron (5 August 2014). "Florida Legislature: Don't talk to congressional members, political consultants". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  15. ^ Dixon, Matt (December 2, 2015). "Siding with redistricting plaintiffs, top court upends political landscape". Politico Florida. Retrieved May 18, 2016. 

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