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Mississippi's 5th congressional district

Mississippi's 5th congressional district existed from 1855 to 2003. The state was granted a fifth representative by Congress following the 1850 census.

From 1853 to 1855, the fifth representative was elected at-large instead of by district, favoring majority voters. The district was abolished by the state legislature following the 2000 census, when the state lost a seat.

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BoundariesEdit

Although the boundaries of the fifth congressional district were altered after every census, it covered the Gulf Coast region and most of the Pine Belt region in southeastern Mississippi from 1993 to 2003.

It included all of Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Lamar, Pearl River, Perry, and Stone counties as well as a portion of Wayne County.

After it was abolished, most of the fifth district was absorbed by the state's fourth congressional district.

2000 electionEdit

The district's last election took place on November 7, 2000. Incumbent Gene Taylor, who had represented the district since 1989, easily won re-election.

United States House election, 2000: Mississippi District 5
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Gene Taylor 153,264 78.84
Republican Randall "Randy" McDonnell 35,309 18.16
Libertarian Wayne Parker 3,002 1.54
Reform Katie Perrone 2,820 1.45
Turnout 194,395
Majority 117,955 60.68

List of representativesEdit

Representative Took Office Left Office Party Notes Congress
District created March 4, 1855
  John A. Quitman March 4, 1855 July 17, 1858 Democratic Died 34th - 35th
  John Jones McRae December 7, 1858 January 12, 1861 Democratic Withdrew 35th - 36th
Civil War and Reconstruction 36th - 41st
  Legrand Winfield Perce February 23, 1870 March 3, 1873 Republican 41st - 42nd
  George Colin McKee March 4, 1873 March 3, 1875 Republican Redistricted from the 4th district 43rd
  Charles E. Hooker March 4, 1875 March 3, 1883 Democratic 44th - 47th
  Otho Robards Singleton March 4, 1883 March 3, 1887 Democratic Redistricted from the 4th district 48th - 49th
  Chapman L. Anderson March 4, 1887 March 3, 1891 Democratic 50th - 51st
  Joseph Henry Beeman March 4, 1891 March 3, 1893 Democratic 52nd
  John Sharp Williams March 4, 1893 March 3, 1903 Democratic Redistricted to the 8th district 53rd - 57th
  Adam M. Byrd March 4, 1903 March 3, 1911 Democratic 58th - 61st
  Samuel Andrew Witherspoon March 4, 1911 November 24, 1915 Democratic Died 62nd - 64th
  William Webb Venable January 4, 1916 March 3, 1921 Democratic 64th - 66th
  Ross A. Collins March 4, 1921 January 3, 1935 Democratic 67th - 73rd
  Aubert C. Dunn January 3, 1935 January 3, 1937 Democratic 74th
  Ross A. Collins January 3, 1937 January 3, 1943 Democratic 75th - 77th
  W. Arthur Winstead January 3, 1943 January 3, 1963 Democratic Redistricted to the 4th district 78th - 87th
  William M. Colmer January 3, 1963 January 3, 1973 Democratic Redistricted from the 6th district 88th - 92nd
  Trent Lott January 3, 1973 January 3, 1989 Republican 93rd - 100th
  Larkin I. Smith January 3, 1989 August 13, 1989 Republican Died 101st
  Gene Taylor October 17, 1989 January 3, 2003 Democratic Redistricted to the 4th district 101st - 107th
District inactive January 3, 2003 – Present

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