Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district

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Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district
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Boundaries since January 3, 2019; below statistics, except PVI, apply to old boundaries
Representative
  Mary Gay Scanlon
DSwarthmore
Distribution
  • 50.74[1]% urban
  • 49.26% rural
Population (2000)646,397
Median income33,254
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+13[2]

Pennsylvania's fifth congressional district encompasses all of Delaware County, a small portion of southern Montgomery County and a section of southern Philadelphia. Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon represents the district.

Prior to 2018, the fifth district was located in north central Pennsylvania and was the largest in area, and least densely populated, of all of Pennsylvania's congressional districts. It was Republican-leaning and represented by Glenn Thompson (R). However, in February 2018, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania redrew this district after ruling the previous congressional district map unconstitutional due to partisan gerrymandering, assigning its number to a more left-leaning district in southeastern Pennsylvania for the 2018 elections and representation thereafter–essentially, a successor to the old seventh district. Most of Thompson's territory became a new, heavily Republican 15th District.[3] He was re-elected there.

Geography[edit]

Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district is located in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania and includes all or part of the following three counties:[4]

Cities in this district include:

Characteristics[edit]

The 5th district is mostly suburban and some urban areas. The entirety of Delaware County is within the district and is a suburban area. The surrounding northern Montgomery District is also mostly suburban, while the South Philadelphia area in the district is mostly urban. The district is around 700,000 citizens. Consisting of 89% white, 5% Black, 4% Asian, and 3% Hispanic. [5]

Economy[edit]

The 5th district is largely reliant on industries in finance, education, public works, and private sector jobs.

List of members representing the district[edit]

District created in 1791 from the at-large district.

1791–1793: One seat[edit]

Representative Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
John W. Kittera Pro-Administration March 4, 1791 –
March 3, 1793
2nd Elected in 1791.
Redistricted to the at-large district.

District redistricted in 1793 to the at-large district.

1795–1813: One seat[edit]

District restored in 1795.

Representative Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
Daniel Hiester Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 –
July 1, 1796
4th Redistricted from the at-large district and re-elected in 1794.
Resigned.
Vacant July 1, 1796 –
December 8, 1796
George Ege Federalist December 8, 1796 –
March 3, 1797
Elected October 10, 1797 to finish Hiester's term.
Also elected the next day to the next term.
Resigned.
March 4, 1797 –
October ??, 1797
5th
Vacant October ??, 1797 –
December 1, 1797
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Joseph Hiester
Democratic-Republican December 1, 1797 –
March 3, 1799
Elected to finish Ege's term.
Re-elected in 1798.
Re-elected in 1800.
Redistricted to the 3rd district.
March 4, 1799 –
March 3, 1803
6th
7th
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Andrew Gregg
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1807
8th
9th
Redistricted from the 9th district and re-elected in 1802.
Re-elected in 1804.
Lost re-election.
Daniel Montgomery Jr. Democratic-Republican March 4, 1807 –
March 3, 1809
10th Elected in 1806.
Retired.
George Smith Democratic-Republican March 4, 1809 –
March 3, 1813
11th
12th
Re-elected in 1808.
Re-elected in 1810.
Redistricted to the 10th district and lost re-election.

1813–1823: Two seats[edit]

Years Cong
ress
Seat A Seat B
Representative Party Electoral history Representative Party Electoral history
March 4, 1813 –
April 8, 1813
13th William Crawford Democratic-Republican Redistricted from the 6th district and re-elected in 1812.
Re-elected in 1814.
Lost re-election.
Robert Whitehill Democratic-Republican Redistricted from the 4th district and re-elected in 1812.
Died.
April 8, 1813 –
May 11, 1813
Vacant
May 11, 1813 –
March 3, 1815
John Rea Democratic-Republican Elected to finish Whitehill's term.
Retired.
March 4, 1815 –
March 3, 1817
14th William Maclay Democratic-Republican Elected in 1814.
Re-elected in 1816.
Retired.
March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1819
15th Andrew Boden Democratic-Republican Elected in 1816.
Re-elected in 1818.
Retired.
March 4, 1819 –
May 15, 1820
16th David Fullerton Democratic-Republican Elected in 1818.
Resigned.
May 15, 1820 –
November 13, 1820
Vacant
November 13, 1820 –
March 3, 1821
Thomas Grubb McCullough Federalist Elected October 10, 1820 to finish Fullerton's term and seated November 13, 1820.
Did not run in the same day's election to the next term.
March 4, 1821 –
December 12, 1821
17th Vacant Representative-elect James Duncan resigned before assembly of Congress. James McSherry Federalist Elected in 1820.
Redistricted to the 11th district and lost re-election.
December 12, 1821 –
March 3, 1823
John Findlay Democratic-Republican Elected October 9, 1821 to finish Duncan's term and seated December 12, 1821.
Redistricted to the 11th district.

1823–Present: One seat[edit]

Member Party Years Electoral history
Philip Swenk Markley Jackson Democratic-Republican March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
Elected in 1822.
Re-elected in 1824.
Lost re-election.
Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1827
John Benton Sterigere Jacksonian March 4, 1827 –
March 3, 1869
Elected in 1826.
Re-elected in 1828.
Retired.
Joel Keith Mann Jacksonian March 4, 1831 –
March 3, 1835
Elected in 1830.
Re-elected in 1832.
Retired.
Jacob Fry Jr. Jacksonian March 4, 1835 –
March 3, 1837
Elected in 1834.
Re-elected in 1836.
Retired.
Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
Joseph Fornance Democratic March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1843
Elected in 1838.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Jacob Senewell Yost Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1847
[Data unknown/missing.]
John Freedley Whig March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1851
[Data unknown/missing.]
John McNair Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1855
[Data unknown/missing.]
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John Cadwalader
Democratic March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Owen Jones
Democratic March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
John Wood Republican March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1861
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
William M. Davis Republican March 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1863
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Martin Russell Thayer
Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1867
Declined to be a candidate for renomination
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Caleb Newbold Taylor
Republican March 4, 1867 –
March 3, 1869
[Data unknown/missing.]
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John Roberts Reading
Democratic March 4, 1869 –
April 13, 1870
Election successfully contested by Caleb N. Taylor
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Caleb Newbold Taylor
Republican April 13, 1870 –
March 3, 1871
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Alfred C. Harmer
Republican March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1875
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
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John Robbins
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
Declined to be a candidate for re-election
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Alfred C. Harmer
Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 6, 1900
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant March 6, 1900 –
November 6, 1900
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Edward de Veaux Morrell
Republican November 6, 1900 –
March 3, 1907
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
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William Walker Foulkrod
Republican March 4, 1907 –
November 13, 1910
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant November 13, 1910 –
March 3, 1911
Michael Donohoe Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 3, 1915
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
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Peter E. Costello
Republican March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1921
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
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James J. Connolly
Republican March 4, 1921 –
January 3, 1935
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
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Frank J. G. Dorsey
Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1939
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
Fred C. Gartner Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1941
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
Francis R. Smith Democratic January 3, 1941 –
January 3, 1943
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
C. Frederick Pracht Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1945
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
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William J. Green Jr.
Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
George W. Sarbacher Jr. Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1949
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
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William J. Green Jr.
Democratic January 3, 1949 –
December 21, 1963
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant December 21, 1963 –
April 28, 1964
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William J. Green III
Democratic April 28, 1964 –
January 3, 1973
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 3rd district.
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John H. Ware III
Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1975
Redistricted from the 9th district.
Retired.
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Richard T. Schulze
Republican January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1993
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
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William F. Clinger Jr.
Republican January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1997
Redistricted from the 23rd district.
Retired.
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John E. Peterson
Republican January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2009
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
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Glenn Thompson
Republican January 3, 2009 –
January 3, 2019
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 15th district.
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Mary Gay Scanlon
Democratic January 3, 2019 –
present
Redistricted from the 7th district and re-elected in 2018.

Elections[edit]

U.S. House election, 2000: Pennsylvania District 5[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John E. Peterson 147,570 82.7
Libertarian Thomas A. Martin 17,020 9.5
Green William M. Belitskus 13,875 7.8
Total votes 178,465 100
Republican hold
U.S. House election, 2002: Pennsylvania District 5[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John E. Peterson 124,942 87.4
Libertarian Thomas A. Martin 18,078 12.6
Total votes 143,020 100
Republican hold
U.S. House election, 2004: Pennsylvania District 5[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John E. Peterson 192,852 88.0
Libertarian Thomas A. Martin 26,239 12.0
Total votes 219,091 100
Republican hold
U.S. House elections, 2006: Pennsylvania District 5[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John E. Peterson 115,126 60.1
Democratic Donald L. Hilliard 76,456 39.9
Total votes 191,582 100
Republican hold
U.S. House election, 2008: Pennsylvania District 5[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Glenn Thompson 155,513 56.7
Democratic Mark B. McCracken 112,509 41.0
Libertarian James Fryman 6,155 2.2
Total votes 274,177 99.9
Republican hold
U.S. House election, 2010: Pennsylvania District 5[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Glenn Thompson 125,740 68.6
Democratic Michael Pipe 51,848 28.3
Libertarian Vernon L. Etzel 5,654 3.1
Total votes 182,972 100
Republican hold
U.S. House election, 2012: Pennsylvania District 5[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Glenn Thompson 177,704 62.9
Democratic Charles Dumas 104,710 37.1
Total votes 282,414 100
Republican hold
Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District, 2014[citation needed]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Glenn Thompson (Incumbent) 115,018 63.60
Democratic Kerith Strano Taylor 65,839 36.40
Total votes 180,857 100
Republican hold

Results[edit]

Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District, 2016[citation needed]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Glenn Thompson (Incumbent) 206,761 67.16
Democratic Kerith Strano Taylor 101,082 32.84
Total votes 307,843 100
Republican hold
Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mary Gay Scanlon
Republican Pearl Kim
Total votes 100
Democratic gain from Republican

Historical district boundaries[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geography, US Census Bureau. "Congressional Districts Relationship Files (state-based)". www.census.gov.
  2. ^ "New Pennsylvania Map Is a Major Boost for Democrats". The Cook Political Report. February 20, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Cohn, Nate; Bloch, Matthew; Quealy, Kevin (February 19, 2018). "The New Pennsylvania House Districts Are In. We Review the Mapmakers' Choices". The Upshot. The New York Times. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  4. ^ Running for Office. Dos.state.pa.us. Retrieved on 2013-08-17.
  5. ^ Ballotpedia
  6. ^ "2000 General Election". Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. November 7, 2000. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  7. ^ "2002 General Election". Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. November 5, 2002. Archived from the original on October 30, 2008. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  8. ^ "2004 General Election". Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. November 2, 2004. Archived from the original on May 22, 2008. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  9. ^ "2006 General Election". Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. November 7, 2006. Archived from the original on November 27, 2008. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  10. ^ "2008 General Election". Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. November 4, 2008. Archived from the original on December 8, 2008. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  11. ^ "2010 General Election". Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. November 2, 2010. Archived from the original on November 6, 2010. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  12. ^ "2012 General Election". Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. November 6, 2012. Archived from the original on November 16, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2012.

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Coordinates: 41°23′14″N 78°34′14″W / 41.38722°N 78.57056°W / 41.38722; -78.57056