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Louisiana's 8th congressional district

Louisiana's 8th congressional district is a defunct Congressional district and no longer exists after Louisiana lost its eighth Congressional seat in the 1990 U. S. Census. For its entire existence, it was based in Alexandria and included much of the north-central part of the state.

Beginning in 1972, the district was redrawn at the direction of Governor Edwin Edwards to take in liberal precincts in and around Baton Rouge in order to aid the return to Congress of Gillis Long.

List of representativesEdit

Representative Party Years Cong
ress
District home Notes
District created March 4, 1913 Created following 1910 census
  James Benjamin Aswell Democratic March 4, 1913 – March 16, 1931 63rd
64th
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
Natchitoches Died
Vacant March 16, 1931 – May 12, 1931
  John H. Overton Democratic May 12, 1931 – March 3, 1933 72nd Marksville Retired to run for U.S. Senate
  Cleveland Dear Democratic March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1937 73rd
74th
Alexandria
  A. Leonard Allen Democratic January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1953 75th
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
Winnfield
  George S. Long Democratic January 3, 1953 – March 22, 1958 83rd
84th
85th
Pineville Died
Vacant March 22, 1958 – January 3, 1959
  Harold B. McSween Democratic January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1963 86th
87th
Alexandria
  Gillis W. Long Democratic January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1965 88th Alexandria Defeated for renomination
  Speedy O. Long Democratic January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1973 89th
90th
91st
92nd
Jena Retired when home was drawn into the 5th district
  Gillis W. Long Democratic January 3, 1973 – January 20, 1985 93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
Alexandria Died
Vacant January 20, 1985 – March 30, 1985
  Catherine Small Long Democratic March 30, 1985 – January 3, 1987 99th Alexandria Filled remainder of deceased husband's term; did not seek election to full term
  Clyde C. Holloway Republican January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1993 100th
101st
102nd
Forest Hill Lost re-election to fellow incumbent Jim McCrery when 8th district was eliminated after 1990 U.S. Census, forcing Holloway to run in newly-drawn 5th district
District eliminated January 3, 1993

ReferencesEdit

  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present