South Carolina's 5th congressional district

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South Carolina's 5th congressional district
South Carolina US Congressional District 5 (since 2013).tif
South Carolina's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative vacant 
Population (2015) 678,910
Median income 44,685
Cook PVI R+9

The 5th Congressional District of South Carolina is a congressional district in northern South Carolina bordering North Carolina. From 2003 to 2013 it included all of Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Marlboro, Newberry and York counties and parts of Florence, Lee and Sumter counties. Outside the rapidly growing city of Rock Hill, 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 will be held in 2017 to determine his successor.

List of representatives[edit]

Name Took Office Left Office Party District Residence Notes
No image.svg Thomas Tudor Tucker March 4, 1789 March 4, 1793 Anti-Administration
No image.svg Alexander Gillon March 4, 1793 October 6, 1794 Anti-Administration Died
Robert Goodloe Harper - Project Gutenberg etext 20873 (cropped).jpg Robert Goodloe Harper February 9, 1795 March 3, 1795 Pro-Administration
March 4, 1795 March 4, 1801 Federalist
No image.svg William Butler March 4, 1801 March 3, 1803 Democratic-Republican Mount Willing redistricted to the 2nd district
No image.svg Richard Winn March 4, 1803 March 3, 1813 Democratic-Republican Winnsboro redistricted from the 4th district
No image.svg David R. Evans March 4, 1813 March 3, 1815 Democratic-Republican Winnsboro
No image.svg William Woodward March 4, 1815 March 3, 1817 Democratic-Republican unknown
No image.svg Starling Tucker March 4, 1817 March 3, 1823 Democratic-Republican Mountain Shoals redistricted to the 9th district
George-McDuffie.jpg George McDuffie March 4, 1823 March 3, 1825 Jacksonian D-R Charleston
March 4, 1825 March 3, 1831 Jacksonian
March 4, 1831 1834 Nullifier
Francis Wilkinson Pickens.jpg Francis W. Pickens December 8, 1834 March 3, 1839 Nullifier Edgefield
March 4, 1839 March 4, 1843 Democratic
No image.svg Armistead Burt March 4, 1843 March 3, 1853 Democratic Abbeville
James Lawrence Orr - Brady-Handy.jpg James L. Orr March 4, 1853 March 3, 1859 Democratic Anderson
JohnDAshmore.jpg John D. Ashmore March 4, 1859 December 21, 1860 Democratic Greenville Resigned
District eliminated in 1867 - Civil War - Occupation and Reconstruction
District re-established 1875
Robert Smalls - Brady-Handy.jpg Robert Smalls March 4, 1875 March 3, 1879 Republican Beaufort
GeorgeDTillman.jpg George D. Tillman March 4, 1879 July 19, 1882 Democratic Edgefield Lost contested election
Robert Smalls - Brady-Handy.jpg Robert Smalls July 19, 1882 March 3, 1883 Republican Beaufort Won contested election
John James Hemphill.jpg John J. Hemphill March 4, 1883 March 3, 1893 Democratic Chester
No image.svg Thomas J. Strait March 4, 1893 March 3, 1899 Democratic Lancaster
DavidEFinley.jpg David E. Finley March 4, 1899 January 26, 1917 Democratic York Died
No image.svg Paul G. McCorkle February 21, 1917 March 3, 1917 Democratic York
No image.svg William F. Stevenson March 4, 1917 March 3, 1933 Democratic Cheraw
James Richards portrait, 1956.jpg James P. Richards March 4, 1933 January 3, 1957 Democratic Lancaster
Robert Hemphill portrait.jpg Robert W. Hemphill January 3, 1957 May 1, 1964 Democratic Chester Resigned after being appointed as judge to United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
Thomas S. Gettys.jpg Thomas S. Gettys November 3, 1964 December 31, 1974 Democratic Rock Hill
Kenneth Lamar Holland.jpg Kenneth L. Holland January 3, 1975 January 3, 1983 Democratic Gaffney
John Spratt, official portrait, 111th Congress.jpg John M. Spratt, Jr. January 3, 1983 January 3, 2011 Democratic York Defeated for re-election
Mick Mulvaney, Official Portrait, 113th Congress (cropped).jpg Mick Mulvaney January 3, 2011 February 16, 2017 Republican Lancaster Resigned to serve as Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Vacant February 16, 2017 Present South Carolina's 5th congressional district special election, 2017

Historical district boundaries[edit]

1995 - 2013

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]


United States 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