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
  Al Lawson
Area3,911[1] sq mi (10,130 km2)
  • 83.37[2]% urban
  • 16.63% rural
Population (2016)728,346[3]
Median income$40,920[4]
Cook PVID+12[5]

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. It is a minority-majority district.

As defined by the state legislature in 2013 (which lasted until 2017), the 5th district ran from Jacksonville to Orlando; it was considered one of the most-gerrymandered congressional districts in the country.[6] Before 2013, similar territory was included 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.[7]

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.[8] Connecting these areas were regions which are sparsely populated—either expansive rural areas or narrow strips which are only a few miles wide.[9][10] 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.[8][11] On August 1, Judge Lewis gave Florida's state legislature an Aug. 15 deadline to submit new congressional maps for those two districts.[12]

5th District Representative Corrine Brown issued a statement blasting Lewis's decision on the district map as "seriously flawed,"[10] 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.[13]

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."[14] 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.[15]

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.[16] 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 members representing the district[edit]

Representative Party Years Cong
Electoral history
District created January 3, 1937
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Joe Hendricks
Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1949
[data unknown/missing]
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Syd Herlong
Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1967
Redistricted to the 4th district
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Edward Gurney
Republican January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1969
90th 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
93rd [data unknown/missing]
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Richard Kelly
Republican January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1981
[data unknown/missing]
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Bill McCollum
Republican January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1993
Redistricted to the 8th district
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Karen Thurman
Democratic January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 2003
[data unknown/missing]
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Ginny Brown-Waite
Republican January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2011
[data unknown/missing]
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Rich Nugent
Republican January 3, 2011 –
January 3, 2013
112th Redistricted to the 11th district
Corrine Brown
Democratic January 3, 2013 –
January 3, 2017
Redistricted from the 3rd district
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Al Lawson
Democratic January 3, 2017 –
[data unknown/missing]

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
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
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
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
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   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   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   100.0
Democratic hold


Florida's 5th Congressional District Election (2016)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Al Lawson 194,549 64.2
Republican Glo Smith 108,325 35.8
Total votes 302,874
Turnout   100.0
Democratic hold


Florida's 5th Congressional District Election (2018)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Al Lawson 180,527 66.78
Republican Virginia Fuller 89,799 33.22
Total votes 270,326 100.0
Democratic hold

Living former Representatives[edit]

As of October 2019, there are six former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 5th congressional district who are currently living at this time. The most recent representative to die was Louis Frey Jr. (served 1969–1973) on October 15, 2019. The most recently serving representative to die was Richard Kelly (served 1975–1981) on August 22, 2005.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Bill Gunter 1973–1975 (1934-07-16) July 16, 1934 (age 85)
Bill McCollum 1981–1993 (1944-07-12) July 12, 1944 (age 75)
Karen Thurman 1993–2003 (1951-01-12) January 12, 1951 (age 69)
Ginny Brown-Waite 2003–2011 (1943-10-05) October 5, 1943 (age 76)
Rich Nugent 2011–2013 (1951-05-26) May 26, 1951 (age 68)
Corrine Brown 2013–2017 (1946-11-11) November 11, 1946 (age 73)

Historical district boundaries[edit]


  1. ^ "Congressional Plan--SC14-1905 (Ordered by The Florida Supreme Court, 2-December-2015)" (PDF). Florida Senate Committee on Reapportionment. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  2. ^ https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/cd_state.html
  3. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=12&cd=05
  4. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=12&cd=05
  5. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  6. ^ Ingraham, Christopher (May 15, 2014). "America's most gerrymandered congressional districts". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  7. ^ "Florida's 5th Congressional District". WJXT - Jacksonville. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  8. ^ a b James, Frank (11 July 2014). "Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery". NPR.org. National Public Radio. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ a b Leary, Alex (10 July 2012). "Corrine Brown calls redistricting decision 'seriously flawed'". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  11. ^ http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/211930-judge-strikes-down-florida-congressional-lines
  12. ^ Cotterell, Bill (5 August 2014). "Florida elections face uncertainty as congressional maps redrawn". Thomson Reuters. Reuters. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  13. ^ Isenstadt, Alex (4 August 2014). "CBC, DCCC clash over Fla. redistricting suit". POLITICO.com. POLITICO LLC. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  14. ^ Livingston, Abby (11 July 2012). "Florida Redistricting Ruling Gets Mixed Reactions From Democrats". Rollcall.com. CQ-Roll Call. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  15. ^ Deslatte, Aaron (5 August 2014). "Florida Legislature: Don't talk to congressional members, political consultants". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  16. ^ Dixon, Matt (December 2, 2015). "Siding with redistricting plaintiffs, top court upends political landscape". Politico Florida. Retrieved May 18, 2016.

Coordinates: 29°23′07″N 81°45′04″W / 29.38528°N 81.75111°W / 29.38528; -81.75111