Louisiana's 5th congressional district

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Louisiana's 5th congressional district
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Louisiana's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Ralph Abraham
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Distribution
  • 48.35[1]% urban
  • 51.65% rural
Population (2016)748,306[2]
Median income$37,415[3]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+15[4]

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The district covers most of the northeastern and central portions of the state and much of the northern portions of the Florida parishes. It contains the cities of Monroe and Alexandria.

Previous election cycles[edit]

"On November 16, 2013, Republican newcomer Vance McAllister, a businessman from Swartz, handily defeated fellow Republican State Senator Neil Riser of Columbia in Caldwell Parish to claim the seat in a special election. McAllister led Riser, 54,449 (59.7) to 36,837 (40.3 percent), with all 981 precincts reporting. McAllister won fourteen of the twenty-four parishes in the district, including large margins in Ouachita and Rapides.[5] McAllister had criticized Governor Bobby Jindal for not extending Medicaid to qualified poor Louisianians, and Riser had endorsed the governor's refusal.

Analysts considered McAllister's victory as a rejection of Jindal's efforts to have the seat vacated and to replace Alexander with his hand-picked candidate in a low-turnout special election.[6] The runoff turnout was less than 19%, three percent less than in the primary.[7]

Previously the seat was held by Rodney Alexander, who in 2004 had switched from the Democratic Party to the GOP. Alexander resigned on September 26, 2013 to become secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs under Governor Jindal.

Originally 14 candidates ran to succeed Alexander, including Clyde C. Holloway, a former representative from Louisiana's 8th congressional district, since disbanded. Riser and McAllister emerged from the primary to meet in the runoff.

Recent presidential elections[edit]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Bush 57 - 40%
2004 President Bush 62 - 37%
2008 President McCain 62 - 37%
2012 President Romney 61 - 38%
2016 President Trump 64 - 34%

List of members representing the district[edit]

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
Civil War and Reconstruction
W. Jasper Blackburn Republican July 18, 1868 –
March 3, 1869
40th [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for Lieutenant Governor.
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Frank Morey
Republican March 4, 1869 –
June 8, 1876
41st
42nd
43rd
44th
Lost contested election
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William B. Spencer
Democratic June 8, 1876 –
January 8, 1877
44th Won contested election
Resigned when appointed associate justice of Louisiana Supreme Court
Vacant January 8, 1877 –
March 3, 1877
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John E. Leonard
Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 15, 1878
45th [Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant March 15, 1878 –
November 5, 1878
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J. Smith Young
Democratic November 5, 1878 –
March 3, 1879
45th [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired[8]
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J. Floyd King
Democratic March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1887
46th
47th
48th
49th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.[9]
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Cherubusco Newton
Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1889
50th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.[9]
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Charles J. Boatner
Democratic March 4, 1889 –
March 20, 1896
51st
52nd
53rd
54th
House declared seat vacant after election was contested by Alexis Benoit
Vacant March 20, 1896 –
June 10, 1896
54th
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Charles J. Boatner
Democratic June 10, 1896 –
March 3, 1897
Elected to fill vacancy of open seat
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Samuel T. Baird
Democratic March 4, 1897 –
April 22, 1899
55th
56th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died[10]
Vacant April 22, 1899 –
August 29, 1899
56th
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Joseph E. Ransdell
Democratic August 29, 1899 –
March 3, 1913
56th
57th
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
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James Walter Elder
Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
63rd [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.[11]
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Riley J. Wilson
Democratic March 4, 1915 –
January 3, 1937
64th
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
74th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.[12]
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Newt V. Mills
Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1943
75th
76th
77th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
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Charles E. McKenzie
Democratic January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1947
78th
79th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
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Otto Passman
Democratic January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1977
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
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Jerry Huckaby
Democratic January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1993
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election in a redistricting contest.
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Jim McCrery
Republican January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1997
103rd
104th
Redistricted from the 4th district and re-elected in 1992.
Redistricted to the 4th district.
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John Cooksey
Republican January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2003
105th
106th
107th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
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Rodney Alexander
Democratic January 3, 2003 –
August 9, 2004
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned to become Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs.
Republican August 9, 2004 –
September 26, 2013
Vacant September 26, 2013 –
November 16, 2013
113th
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Vance McAllister
Republican November 16, 2013 –
January 3, 2015
Elected to finish Alexander's term. Lost re-election.
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Ralph Abraham
Republican January 3, 2015 –
present
114th
115th
116th
[Data unknown/missing.]

Recent election results[edit]

2002[edit]

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Runoff Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Rodney Alexander* 86,718 50.28
Republican Lee Fletcher 85,744 49.72
Total votes 172,462 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold

2004[edit]

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rodney Alexander* 141,495 59.44
Democratic Zelma "Tisa" Blakes 58,591 24.61
Republican John W. "Jock" Scott 37,971 15.95
Total votes 238,057 100.00
Turnout  
Republican gain from Democratic
  • NOTE: Rodney Alexander switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party.

2006[edit]

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rodney Alexander 78,211 68.26
Democratic Gloria Williams Hearn 33,233 29.00
Libertarian Brent Sanders 1,876 1.64
Independent John Watts 1,262 1.10
Total votes 114,582 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2008[edit]

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rodney Alexander 100.00
Total votes 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2010[edit]

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rodney Alexander 122,033 78.57
Independent Tom Gibbs, Jr. 33,279 21.43
Total votes 155,312 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2012[edit]

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rodney Alexander (Incumbent) 202,536 77.83
No Party "Ron" Ceasar 37,486 14.41
Libertarian Clay Steven Grant 20,194 7.76
Total votes 260,216 100.0
Turnout  
Republican hold

2013 (special)[edit]

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Special Election (2013)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Vance McAllister 54,449 59.65%
Republican Neil Riser 36,837 40.35%
Total votes 91,286 18.9%
Turnout  
Republican hold

2014[edit]

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2014)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ralph Lee Abraham 54,449 23%
Green Eliot S. Barron 1,655 1%
Republican Harris Brown 9,890 4%
Republican "Zach" Dasher 53,628 22%
Republican Clyde C. Holloway 17,877 7%
Democratic "Jamie" Mayo 67,611 28%
Republican Vance M. McAllister 26,606 11%
Libertarian Charles Saucier 2,201 1%
Republican "Ed" Tarpley 4,594 2%
Total votes 239,551 100%
Turnout   52.6
Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2014 Runoff)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ralph Abraham 134,616 64%
Democratic "Jamie" Mayo 75,006 36%
Total votes 209,622 100%
Turnout   45.2
Republican hold

2016[edit]

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2016 Primary)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ralph Abraham 208,545 82%
Republican Billy Burkette 47,117 18%
Total votes 255,662 100%
Turnout   66.8
Republican hold

Living former Members[edit]

As of January 2017, there are five living former members. The most recent representative to die was Newt V. Mills (served 1937–1943) on May 15, 1996. The most recently serving representative to die was Otto Passman (served 1947–1977) on August 13, 1988.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Jerry Huckaby 1977–1993 (1941-07-19) July 19, 1941 (age 78)
Jim McCrery 1993–1997 (1949-09-18) September 18, 1949 (age 70)
John Cooksey 1997–2003 (1941-08-20) August 20, 1941 (age 78)
Rodney Alexander 2003–2013 (1946-12-05) December 5, 1946 (age 72)
Vance McAllister 2013–2015 (1974-01-07) January 7, 1974 (age 45)

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geography, US Census Bureau. "Congressional Districts Relationship Files (state-based)". www.census.gov.
  2. ^ Bureau, Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov.
  3. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=22&cd=05
  4. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "5th congressional district special election returns, November 16, 2013". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  6. ^ 'Riser, Alexander and Jindal' Archived 2013-08-26 at the Wayback Machine, The Advocate, James Gill, 3 November 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  7. ^ Lauren McGaughy, "Political newcomer Vance McAllister wins 5th District special election", Times-Picayune, 16 November 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  8. ^ "YOUNG, John Smith - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  9. ^ a b "KING, John Floyd - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  10. ^ "Samuel T Baird Dies - on Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  11. ^ "Wilson defeats Elder - on Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  12. ^ "WILSON, Riley Joseph - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Retrieved 2016-11-02.

Coordinates: 31°45′59″N 91°49′25″W / 31.7664°N 91.8236°W / 31.7664; -91.8236