South Carolina's 5th congressional district

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South Carolina's 5th congressional district
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South Carolina's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Ralph Norman (RRock Hill)
Population (2015) 678,910
Median income 44,685
Ethnicity
Cook PVI R+9[1]

The 5th Congressional District of South Carolina is a congressional district in northern South Carolina bordering North Carolina. The district includes all of Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Union and York counties and parts of Newberry, Spartanburg and Sumter counties. Outside the rapidly growing cities of Rock Hill, Fort Mill, and Lake Wylie the district is mostly rural and agricultural. The district borders were contracted from some of the easternmost counties in the 2012 redistricting.

The district's character is very similar to other mostly rural districts in the South. Democrats still hold most offices outside Republican-dominated York County. However, few of the area's Democrats can be described as liberal by national standards; most are fairly conservative on social issues, but less so on economics. The largest blocs of Republican voters are in the fast-growing suburbs of Charlotte, North Carolina and Cherokee County, which shares the Republican tilt of most of the rest of the Upstate.

In November 2010, the Republican Mick Mulvaney defeated longtime Congressman John Spratt and became the first Republican since Robert Smalls and the end of Reconstruction to represent the district. Following Mulvaney's confirmation as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, a special election was held in 2017 to determine his successor. Republican Ralph Norman won the special election.[2]

History[edit]

From 2003 to 2013 the district included all of Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Marlboro, Newberry and York counties and parts of Florence, Lee and Sumter counties.

List of representatives[edit]

Member Party Years Residence Electoral history
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Thomas Tudor Tucker
Anti-Administration March 4, 1789 –
March 3, 1793
[Data unknown/missing.] Elected in 1788.

[Data unknown/missing.]
Alexander Gillon Anti-Administration March 4, 1793 –
October 6, 1794
[Data unknown/missing.] Died.
Vacant October 6, 1794 –
February 9, 1795
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Robert Goodloe Harper
Pro-Administration February 9, 1795 –
March 3, 1795
[Data unknown/missing.] Elected to finish Gillon's term.

[Data unknown/missing.]
Federalist March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1801
William Butler Democratic-Republican March 4, 1801 –
March 3, 1803
Mount Willing Redistricted to the 2nd district.
Richard Winn Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1813
Winnsboro Redistricted from the 4th district.
David R. Evans Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 –
March 3, 1815
Winnsboro [Data unknown/missing.]
William Woodward Democratic-Republican March 4, 1815 –
March 3, 1817
[Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.]
Starling Tucker Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1823
Mountain Shoals Redistricted to the 9th district.
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George McDuffie
Jacksonian Democratic-Republican March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
Charleston Resigned to become Governor of South Carolina.
Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1831
Nullifier March 4, 1831 –
1834
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Francis W. Pickens
Nullifier December 8, 1834 –
March 3, 1839
Edgefield [Data unknown/missing.]
Democratic March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1843
Armistead Burt Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1853
Abbeville [Data unknown/missing.]
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James L. Orr
Democratic March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1859
Anderson [Data unknown/missing.]
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John D. Ashmore
Democratic March 4, 1859 –
December 21, 1860
Greenville Resigned.
Civil War and Reconstruction December 21, 1860 –
March 3, 1863
District eliminated March 4, 1863
District re-established March 4, 1875
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Robert Smalls
Republican March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1879
Beaufort [Data unknown/missing.]
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George D. Tillman
Democratic March 4, 1879 –
July 19, 1882
Edgefield Lost contested election.
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Robert Smalls
Republican July 19, 1882 –
March 3, 1883
Beaufort Won contested election.
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John J. Hemphill
Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1893
Chester [Data unknown/missing.]
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Thomas J. Strait
Democratic March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1899
Lancaster [Data unknown/missing.]
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David E. Finley
Democratic March 4, 1899 –
January 26, 1917
York Died.
Vacant January 26, 1917 –
February 21, 1917
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Paul G. McCorkle
Democratic February 21, 1917 –
March 3, 1917
York [Data unknown/missing.]
William F. Stevenson Democratic March 4, 1917 –
March 3, 1933
Cheraw [Data unknown/missing.]
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James P. Richards
Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1957
Lancaster [Data unknown/missing.]
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Robert W. Hemphill
Democratic January 3, 1957 –
May 1, 1964
Chester Resigned to become Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.
Vacant May 1, 1964 –
November 3, 1964
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Thomas S. Gettys
Democratic November 3, 1964 –
December 31, 1974
Rock Hill [Data unknown/missing.]
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Kenneth L. Holland
Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1983
Gaffney [Data unknown/missing.]
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John M. Spratt, Jr.
Democratic January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 2011
York Lost re-election.
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Mick Mulvaney
Republican January 3, 2011 –
February 16, 2017
Lancaster Resigned to become Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Vacant February 16, 2017 –
June 20, 2017
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Ralph Norman
Republican June 20, 2017[2]
Present
Rock Hill Elected to finish Mulvaney's term.

Historical district boundaries[edit]

1995 - 2013

Election results[edit]

2017 Special[edit]

General election results[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Ralph Norman 45,076 51.04% -8.03%
Democratic Archie Parnell 42,341 47.94% +9.17%
American Josh Thornton 319 0.36% -1.74%
Libertarian Victor Kocher 273 0.31% N/A
Green David Kulma 242 0.27% N/A
Write-in Write-in 65 0.07% 0.0%
Total votes 88,316 100.00%
Majority 2,836 3.23%
Turnout 88,316 18.24%
Republican win

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Massachusetts's 7th congressional district
Home district of the Speaker of the House
December 7, 1857 – March 3, 1859
Succeeded by
New Jersey's 5th congressional district

Coordinates: 34°29′N 80°58′W / 34.49°N 80.97°W / 34.49; -80.97