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Louisiana's 5th congressional district

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The district covers most of the northeastern and central portions of the state and much of the northern portions of the Florida parishes. It contains the cities of Monroe and Alexandria.

Louisiana's 5th congressional district
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Louisiana's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Ralph Abraham
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Distribution
  • 48.35[1]% urban
  • 51.65% rural
Population (2016)748,306[2]
Median income$37,415[3]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+15[4]

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Previous election cyclesEdit

"On November 16, 2013, Republican newcomer Vance McAllister, a businessman from Swartz, handily defeated fellow Republican State Senator Neil Riser of Columbia in Caldwell Parish to claim the seat in a special election. McAllister led Riser, 54,449 (59.7) to 36,837 (40.3 percent), with all 981 precincts reporting. McAllister won fourteen of the twenty-four parishes in the district, including large margins in Ouachita and Rapides.[5] McAllister had criticized Governor Bobby Jindal for not extending Medicaid to qualified poor Louisianians, and Riser had endorsed the governor's refusal.

Analysts considered McAllister's victory as a rejection of Jindal's efforts to have the seat vacated and to replace Alexander with his hand-picked candidate in a low-turnout special election.[6] The runoff turnout was less than 19%, three percent less than in the primary.[7]

Previously the seat was held by Rodney Alexander, who in 2004 had switched from the Democratic Party to the GOP. Alexander resigned on September 26, 2013 to become secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs under Governor Jindal.

Originally 14 candidates ran to succeed Alexander, including Clyde C. Holloway, a former representative from Louisiana's 8th congressional district, since disbanded. Riser and McAllister emerged from the primary to meet in the runoff.

Recent presidential electionsEdit

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Bush 57 - 40%
2004 President Bush 62 - 37%
2008 President McCain 62 - 37%
2012 President Romney 61 - 38%
2016 President Trump 64 - 34%

List of representativesEdit

Representative Party Years Electoral history
Civil War and Reconstruction
  W. Jasper Blackburn Republican July 18, 1868 –
March 3, 1869
Retired to run for Lieutenant Governor.
  Frank Morey Republican March 4, 1869 –
June 8, 1876
Lost contested election
  William B. Spencer Democratic June 8, 1876 –
January 8, 1877
Won contested election
Resigned after being appointed associate justice of Louisiana Supreme Court
Vacant January 8, 1877 –
March 4, 1877
  John E. Leonard Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 15, 1878
Died
Vacant March 15, 1878 –
November 5, 1878
  J. Smith Young Democratic November 5, 1878 –
March 3, 1879
Retired[8]
  J. Floyd King Democratic March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1887
Defeated[9]
  Cherubusco Newton Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1889
Defeated[9]
  Charles J. Boatner Democratic March 4, 1889 –
March 20, 1896
House declared seat vacant after election was contested by Alexis Benoit
Vacant March 20, 1896 –
June 10, 1896
  Charles J. Boatner Democratic June 10, 1896 –
March 3, 1897
Elected to fill vacancy of open seat
  Samuel T. Baird Democratic March 4, 1897 –
April 22, 1899
Died[10]
Vacant April 22, 1899 –
August 29, 1899
  Joseph E. Ransdell Democratic August 29, 1899 –
March 3, 1913
[Data unknown/missing.]
  James Walter Elder Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
Defeated in Democratic Primary.[11]
  Riley J. Wilson Democratic March 4, 1915 –
January 3, 1937
Defeated[12]
  Newt V. Mills Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1943
Defeated
  Charles E. McKenzie Democratic January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1947
Defeated
  Otto Passman Democratic January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1977
Defeated
  Jerry Huckaby Democratic January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1993
Defeated by fellow incumbent Jim McCrery when Louisiana lost one House seat following 1990 census
  Jim McCrery Republican January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1997
Redistricted from 4th district
Redistricted to 4th district
  John Cooksey Republican January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2003
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
  Rodney Alexander Democratic January 3, 2003 –
August 9, 2004
Republican August 9, 2004 –
September 26, 2013
Resigned to become Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
Vacant September 26, 2013 –
November 16, 2013
  Vance McAllister Republican November 16, 2013 –
January 3, 2015
Elected to finish Alexander's term. Defeated
  Ralph Abraham Republican January 3, 2015 –
present

Recent election resultsEdit

2002Edit

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Runoff Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Rodney Alexander* 86,718 50.28
Republican Lee Fletcher 85,744 49.72
Total votes 172,462 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic hold

2004Edit

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rodney Alexander* 141,495 59.44
Democratic Zelma "Tisa" Blakes 58,591 24.61
Republican John W. "Jock" Scott 37,971 15.95
Total votes 238,057 100.00
Turnout  
Republican gain from Democratic
  • NOTE: Rodney Alexander switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party.

2006Edit

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rodney Alexander 78,211 68.26
Democratic Gloria Williams Hearn 33,233 29.00
Libertarian Brent Sanders 1,876 1.64
Independent John Watts 1,262 1.10
Total votes 114,582 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2008Edit

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rodney Alexander 100.00
Total votes 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2010Edit

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rodney Alexander 122,033 78.57
Independent Tom Gibbs, Jr. 33,279 21.43
Total votes 155,312 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2012Edit

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rodney Alexander (Incumbent) 202,536 77.83
No Party "Ron" Ceasar 37,486 14.41
Libertarian Clay Steven Grant 20,194 7.76
Total votes 260,216 100.0
Turnout  
Republican hold

2013 (special)Edit

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Special Election (2013)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Vance McAllister 54,449 59.65%
Republican Neil Riser 36,837 40.35%
Total votes 91,286 18.9%
Turnout  
Republican hold

2014Edit

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2014)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ralph Lee Abraham 54,449 23%
Green Eliot S. Barron 1,655 1%
Republican Harris Brown 9,890 4%
Republican "Zach" Dasher 53,628 22%
Republican Clyde C. Holloway 17,877 7%
Democratic "Jamie" Mayo 67,611 28%
Republican Vance M. McAllister 26,606 11%
Libertarian Charles Saucier 2,201 1%
Republican "Ed" Tarpley 4,594 2%
Total votes 239,551 100%
Turnout   52.6
Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2014 Runoff)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ralph Abraham 134,616 64%
Democratic "Jamie" Mayo 75,006 36%
Total votes 209,622 100%
Turnout   45.2
Republican hold

2016Edit

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District Election (2016 Primary)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ralph Abraham 208,545 82%
Republican Billy Burkette 47,117 18%
Total votes 255,662 100%
Turnout   66.8
Republican hold

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
2003 - 2013

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Geography, US Census Bureau. "Congressional Districts Relationship Files (state-based)". www.census.gov.
  2. ^ Bureau, Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov.
  3. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=22&cd=05
  4. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "5th congressional district special election returns, November 16, 2013". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  6. ^ 'Riser, Alexander and Jindal' Archived 2013-08-26 at the Wayback Machine, The Advocate, James Gill, 3 November 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  7. ^ Lauren McGaughy, "Political newcomer Vance McAllister wins 5th District special election", Times-Picayune, 16 November 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
  8. ^ "YOUNG, John Smith - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  9. ^ a b "KING, John Floyd - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  10. ^ "Samuel T Baird Dies - on Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  11. ^ "Wilson defeats Elder - on Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  12. ^ "WILSON, Riley Joseph - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Retrieved 2016-11-02.

Coordinates: 31°45′59″N 91°49′25″W / 31.7664°N 91.8236°W / 31.7664; -91.8236