Washington's 5th congressional district

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Washington's 5th congressional district
WA CD 05-2013.pdf
Representative
  Cathy McMorris Rodgers
RColville
Population (2000)654,904
Median income$52,214[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+8[2]

Washington's 5th congressional district encompasses the Eastern Washington counties of Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane, Whitman, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin. It is centered on Spokane, the state's second largest city.

Since 2005, the 5th District has been represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican. Rodgers's predecessor, George Nethercutt, defeated Tom Foley, then Speaker of the House, in the 1994 elections; Foley had held the seat since 1965.

In presidential elections, the 5th District was once fairly competitive, but in recent years has generally been a safe bet for the Republicans. Although George W. Bush carried the district with 57% in 2000 and 2004, John McCain just narrowly won the district with 52% of the vote, while Barack Obama received 46% in 2008. In 2012, President Obama's share of the vote dropped to 44%.

The first election in the 5th District was in 1914, won by Democrat Clarence Dill. Following the 1910 census, Washington gained two seats in the U.S. House, from three to five, but did not reapportion for the 1912 election. The two new seats were elected as statewide at-large, with each voter casting ballots for three congressional seats, their district and two at-large. After that election, the state was reapportioned to five districts for the 1914 election. The state's 6th District was added after the 1930 census and first contested in the 1932 election.

The district from 2003 to 2013

Recent results from statewide races[edit]

Year Office Won District Lost District Winning Margin
1992 President Clinton 40% Bush 36% 4%
1996 President Clinton 44% Dole 43% 1%
2008 President McCain 52% Obama 46% 6%
2012 President Romney 54% Obama 44% 10%
2016 President Trump 52% Clinton 39% 13%

List of members representing the district[edit]

Member Party Years Cong
ess
District Home Electoral history
District created March 4, 1915
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Clarence C. Dill
Democratic March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1919
64th
65th
Spokane [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
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J. Stanley Webster
Republican March 4, 1919 –
May 8, 1923
66th
67th
68th
Spokane Elected in 1918.
Resigned to become judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.
Vacant May 8, 1923 –
September 25, 1923
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Samuel B. Hill
Democratic September 25, 1923 –
June 25, 1936
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
74th
Waterville[3] Elected to finish Dill's term.
Resigned to become member of the U.S. Board of Tax Appeals.
Vacant June 25, 1936 –
January 3, 1937
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Charles H. Leavy
Democratic January 3, 1937 –
August 1, 1942
75th
76th
77th
Veradale[4] [Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned to become judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Vacant August 1, 1942 –
January 3, 1943
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Walt Horan
Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1965
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
Wenatchee [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
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Tom Foley
Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1995
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
Spokane [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
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George R. Nethercutt Jr.
Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 2005
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
Spokane [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
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Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Republican January 3, 2005 –
present
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
Spokane Elected in 2004.

Living former members[edit]

As of January 2019, there is one living former member. The most recent representative to die was Tom Foley (served 1965–1995) on October 18, 2013.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
George Nethercutt 1995–2005 (1944-10-07) October 7, 1944 (age 75)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=53&cd=05
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ "Hill elected to Congress". Spokane Daily Chronicle. September 26, 1923. p. 1.
  4. ^ Reilly, W. Newland (July 19, 1943). "Leavy returns to preside over federal court". Spokane Daily Chronicle. p. 3.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Texas's 12th congressional district
Home district of the Speaker of the House
June 6, 1989 – January 3, 1995
Succeeded by
Georgia's 6th congressional district

Coordinates: 48°N 118°W / 48°N 118°W / 48; -118