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Colorado's 5th congressional district

Colorado's 5th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Colorado. The district lies in the center of the state and comprises Colorado Springs and its suburbs including Cimarron Hills and Fort Carson.

Colorado's 5th congressional district
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Colorado's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Doug Lamborn
RColorado Springs
Distribution
  • 86.44[1]% urban
  • 13.56% rural
Population (2016)786,939[2]
Median income$64,179[3]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+14[4]

The district is currently represented by Republican Doug Lamborn.

CharacteristicsEdit

PoliticsEdit

The Republican Party has held control of the seat since the district's creation. With a Cook PVI of R+16, the 5th Congressional District of Colorado is the most conservative district in the state. Colorado Springs, the main population center within the district, is home to many conservative Christian organizations. Among these groups are Focus on the Family, its founder Dr. James Dobson (who is considered by some to be the most influential evangelical leader in the country[5]), New Life Church, Compassion International, HCJB, and many others. There is some Democratic strength in this district in urban Colorado Springs and some of its suburbs near Pikes Peak, but it is no match for the overwhelming Republican tilt of the district; however, unlike the nearby 4th that is trending more Republican by the year, the 5th is becoming slightly less Republican due to demographic changes, but not enough for the area to be competitive for the near future.

Colorado Springs also boasts a large population of both active-duty and retired military personnel and is home to many companies in the defense industry, all of which are demographics that tend to vote for Republicans. Throughout the district's history, Republicans have won by comfortable margins. From 1996 through 2004, Republican Joel Hefley usually won reelections with about 70% of the vote. George W. Bush received 66% of the vote in this district in 2004.

EconomyEdit

Because of the strong military presence, Colorado Springs's economy is usually very stable and frequently sees growth. The western portions of the district are mostly small mountain towns whose economy depends on ranching, farming, mining, and tourism.

TourismEdit

Millions of tourists visit the Colorado Springs region every year, primarily to visit Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, and the United States Air Force Academy.

MilitaryEdit

Colorado Springs, located within the district, is home to multiple military installations. Fort Carson, the United States Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, and NORAD are also all located within the district. There are more veterans living in the Colorado Fifth than any other.[6]

HistoryEdit

1990sEdit

Following the 1990 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 5th Congressional district consisted of El Paso and Teller counties, as well as portions of Arapahoe, Douglas, and Fremont counties.[7]

2000sEdit

Following the 2000 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 5th Congressional district consisted of Chaffee, El Paso, Fremont, Lake, and Teller counties, as well as portions of Park County.

VotingEdit

Election results from presidential races[8]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Bush 63 - 31%
2004 President Bush 66 - 33%
2008 President McCain 59 - 40%
2012 President Romney 59 - 38%
2016 President Trump 57 – 33%

List of representativesEdit

Representative Party Term Duration Cong
ress(es)
District Home Electoral history
District created January 3, 1973
  William L. Armstrong Republican January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1979 93rd
94th
95th
Littleton First elected in 1972

Retired after being elected to the U.S. Senate
  Ken Kramer Republican January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1987 96th
97th
98th
99th
First elected in 1978

Retired after running for U.S. Senate


  Joel Hefley Republican January 3, 1987 – January 3, 2007 100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
Colorado Springs First elected in 1986

Retired
  Doug Lamborn Republican January 3, 2007 – present 110th
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
Colorado Springs First elected in 2006

Election resultsEdit

197219741976197819801982198419861988199019921994199619982000200220042006200820102012201420162018

1972Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 1972[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Armstrong 104,214 62.33
Democratic Byron L. Johnson 60,948 36.45
Libertarian Pipp M. Boyls 2,028 1.22
Total votes 167,190 100.0
Republican win (new seat)

1974Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 1974[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Armstrong (incumbent) 85,326 57.73
Democratic Ben Galloway 56,888 38.49
Independent Stan Johnson 5,580 3.78
Total votes 147,794 100.0
Republican hold

1976Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 1976[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Armstrong (incumbent) 126,784 66.43
Democratic Dorothy Hores 64,067 33.57
Total votes 190,851 100.0
Republican hold

1978Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 1978[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ken Kramer 91,933 59.78
Democratic Gerry Frank 52,914 34.41
Independent L.W. Dan Bridges 8,933 5.81
Total votes 153,780 100.0
Republican hold

1980Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 1980[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ken Kramer (incumbent) 177,319 72.41
Democratic Ed Schreiber 62,003 25.32
Libertarian John A. Lanning 5,578 2.27
Total votes 244,900 100.0
Republican hold

1982Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 1982[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ken Kramer (incumbent) 84,479 59.55
Democratic Thomas Cronin 57,392 40.45
Total votes 141,871 100.0
Republican hold

1984Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 1984[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ken Kramer (incumbent) 163,654 78.59
Democratic William Geffen 44,588 21.41
Total votes 206,242 100.0
Republican hold

1986Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 1986[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joel Hefley 121,153 69.77
Democratic Bill Story 52,488 30.23
Total votes 173,641 100.0
Republican hold

1988Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 1988[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joel Hefley (incumbent) 181,612 75.13
Democratic John J. Mitchell 60,116 24.87
Total votes 241,728 100.0
Republican hold

1990Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 1990[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joel Hefley (incumbent) 127,740 66.44
Democratic Cal Johnston 57,776 30.05
Libertarian Keith L. Hamburger 6,761 3.51
Total votes 192,277 100.0
Republican hold

1992Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 1992[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joel Hefley (incumbent) 173,096 71.11
Democratic Charles A. Oriez 62,550 25.70
Libertarian Keith L. Hamburger 7,769 3.19
Total votes 243,415 100.0
Republican hold

1994Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 1994[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joel Hefley (incumbent) 138,674 100.00
Total votes 138,674 100.0
Republican hold

1996Edit

Republican PrimaryEdit

1996 Republican Primary Congressional Election[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joel Hefley 36,994 76.70
Republican Bill Hughes 11,236 23.30

GeneralEdit

United States House of Representatives elections, 1996[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joel Hefley (incumbent) 188,805 71.94
Democratic Mike Robinson 73,660 28.06
Total votes 262,465 100.0
Republican hold

1998Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 1998[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joel Hefley (incumbent) 155,790 72.71
Democratic Ken Alford 55,609 25.95
Natural Law Mark A. Mellot 2,871 1.34
Total votes 214,270 100.0
Republican hold

2000Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 2000[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joel Hefley (incumbent) 253,330 82.70
Libertarian Kerry Kantor 37,719 12.31
Natural Law Randy Mackenzie 15,260 4.99
Total votes 306,309 100.0
Republican hold

2002Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 2002[25]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joel Hefley (incumbent) 128,118 69.37
Democratic Curtis Imrie 45,587 24.69
Libertarian Biff Baker 10,972 5.94
Total votes 184,677 100.0
Republican hold

2004Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 2004[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joel Hefley (incumbent) 193,333 70.55
Democratic Fred Hardee 74,098 27.04
Libertarian Arthur "Rob" Roberts 6,627 2.41
Total votes 274,058 100.0
Republican hold

2006Edit

Republican PrimaryEdit

2006 Republican Primary Congressional Election[27]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn 15,126 26.97
Republican Jeff Crank 14,234 25.38
Republican Bentley Rayburn 9,735 17.36
Republican Lionel Rivera 7,213 12.86
Republican John Wesley Anderson 6,474 11.54
Republican Duncan Bremer 3,310 5.90

GeneralEdit

United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[28]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn 123,264 59.62
Democratic Jay Fawcett 83,431 40.35
Republican Richard D. Hand (as a write-in) 41 0.02
Democratic Brian X. Scott (as a write-in) 12 0.01
Republican Gregory S. Hollister 8 0.00
Total votes 206,756 100.0
Republican hold

2008Edit

Republican PrimaryEdit

2008 Republican Primary Congressional Election[29]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn 24,995 44%
Republican Jeff Crank 16,794 30%
Republican Bentley Rayburn 14,986 26%

GeneralEdit

United States House of Representatives elections, 2008[30]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (incumbent) 183,179 60%
Democratic Hal Bidlack 113,027 37%
Constitution Brian X. Scott 8,894 3%
No party Richard D. Hand 45 0.03%
Total votes 305,142 100%
Republican hold

2010Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 2010[31]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (incumbent) 152,829 66%
Democratic Kevin Bradley 68,039 29%
Constitution Brian X. Scott 5,886 3%
Libertarian Jerrell Klaver 5,680 2%
Total votes 232,434 100%
Republican hold

2012Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 2012[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (incumbent) 199,639 65%
Independent Dave Anderson 53,318 17%
Libertarian Jim Pirtle 22,778 7%
Green Misha Luzov 18,284 6%
Constitution Kenneth R. Harvell 13,312 5%
Total votes 307,231 100%
Republican hold

2014Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 2014[33]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (incumbent) 157,182 60%
Democratic Irv Halter 105,673 40%
Total votes 262,855 100%
Republican hold

2016Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 2016 [34]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (Incumbent) 225,445 62.28%
Democratic Misty Plowright 111,676 30.85%
Libertarian Mike McRedmond 24,872 6.87%
Total votes 361,993 100%
Republican hold

2018Edit

United States House of Representatives elections, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Doug Lamborn (Incumbent) 184,002 57.02%
Democratic Stephany Rose Spaulding 126,848 39.31%
Libertarian Douglas Randall 11,795 3.65%
Write-in 71 0.02%
Total votes 322,716 100%
Republican hold

Living former membersEdit

As of September 2019, there are two former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado's 5th congressional district who are currently living at this time. The most recent representative to die was William L. Armstrong (served 1973–1979) on July 5, 2016.

Representative Term in office Date of birth (and age)
Ken Kramer 1979–1987 (1942-02-19) February 19, 1942 (age 77)
Joel Hefley 1987–2007 (1935-04-21) April 21, 1935 (age 84)

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
2003 - 2013

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/cd_state.html
  2. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=08&cd=05
  3. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=08&cd=05
  4. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  5. ^ Olsen, Ted (2005-02-21). "Who's Driving This Thing?". Christianity Today. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
  6. ^ https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/03/12/veterans-doctors-alike-stranded-vet-choice-fails-pay-its-bills.html
  7. ^ Congressional District Map (Map). State of Colorado. Retrieved 2008-12-22.
  8. ^ Presidential Election Results, by district, swingstateproject.com
  9. ^ 1972 Election Results
  10. ^ 1974 Election Results
  11. ^ 1976 Election Results
  12. ^ 1978 Election Results
  13. ^ 1980 Election Results
  14. ^ 1982 Election Results
  15. ^ 1984 Election Results
  16. ^ 1986 Election Results
  17. ^ 1988 Election Results
  18. ^ 1990 Election Results
  19. ^ 1992 Election Results
  20. ^ 1994 Election Results
  21. ^ 1996 Primary Results
  22. ^ 1996 Election Results
  23. ^ 1998 Election Results
  24. ^ 2000 Election Results
  25. ^ 2002 Election Results
  26. ^ 2004 Election Results
  27. ^ 2006 Primary Results
  28. ^ 2006 Election Results
  29. ^ 2008 Primary Results
  30. ^ 2008 Election Results
  31. ^ 2010 Election Results
  32. ^ 2012 Election Results
  33. ^ 2014 Election Results
  34. ^ 2016 Election Results

Coordinates: 38°48′56″N 105°20′39″W / 38.81556°N 105.34417°W / 38.81556; -105.34417