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.

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 (incumbent) 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 members representing the districtEdit

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1855
 
John A. Quitman
Democratic March 4, 1855 –
July 17, 1858
34th
35th
Elected in 1855.
Re-elected in 1857.
Died.
Vacant July 17, 1858 –
December 7, 1858
35th
 
John Jones McRae
Democratic December 7, 1858 –
January 12, 1861
35th
36th
Elected to finish Quitman's term.
Re-elected in 1859.
Withdrew due to Civil War.
Vacant January 12, 1861 –
February 23, 1870
36th
37th
38th
39th
40th
41st
Civil War and Reconstruction
 
Legrand Winfield Perce
Republican February 23, 1870 –
March 3, 1873
41st
42nd
Elected in 1869 to finish the term and to the next term.
Retired.
 
George Colin McKee
Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
43rd Redistricted from the 4th district and re-elected in 1872.
Retired.
 
Charles E. Hooker
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1883
44th
45th
46th
47th
Elected in 1874.
Re-elected in 1876.
Re-elected in 1878.
Re-elected in 1880.
Retired.
 
Otho Robards Singleton
Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1887
48th
49th
Redistricted from the 4th district and re-elected in 1882.
Re-elected in 1884.
Retired.
Chapman L. Anderson Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1891
50th
51st
Elected in 1886.
Re-elected in 1888.
Lost renomination.
Joseph Henry Beeman Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
52nd Elected in 1890.
Retired.
 
John Sharp Williams
Democratic March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1903
53rd
54th
55th
56th
57th
Elected in 1892.
Re-elected in 1894.
Re-elected in 1896.
Re-elected in 1898.
Re-elected in 1900.
Redistricted to the 8th district.
 
Adam M. Byrd
Democratic March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1911
58th
59th
60th
61st
Elected in 1902.
Re-elected in 1904.
Re-elected in 1906.
Re-elected in 1908.
Lost renomination.
 
Samuel Andrew Witherspoon
Democratic March 4, 1911 –
November 24, 1915
62nd
63rd
64th
Elected in 1910.
Re-elected in 1912.
Re-elected in 1914.
Died.
Vacant November 24, 1915 –
January 4, 1916
64th
 
William Webb Venable
Democratic January 4, 1916 –
March 3, 1921
64th
65th
66th
Elected to finish Witherspoon's term.
Re-elected in 1916.
Re-elected in 1918.
Lost renomination.
 
Ross A. Collins
Democratic March 4, 1921 –
January 3, 1935
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
Elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Re-elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928.
Re-elected in 1930.
Re-elected in 1932.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
 
Aubert C. Dunn
Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1937
74th Elected in 1934.
Retired.
 
Ross A. Collins
Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1943
75th
76th
77th
Elected in 1936.
Re-elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
 
W. Arthur Winstead
Democratic January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1963
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
Elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
Re-elected in 1946.
Re-elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
Re-elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Redistricted to the 4th district.
 
William M. Colmer
Democratic January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1973
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
Redistricted from the 6th district and re-elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970.
Retired.
 
Trent Lott
Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1989
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
Elected in 1972.
Re-elected in 1974.
Re-elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
 
Larkin I. Smith
Republican January 3, 1989 –
August 13, 1989
101st Elected in 1988.
Died.
Vacant August 13, 1989 –
October 17, 1989
 
Gene Taylor
Democratic October 17, 1989 –
January 3, 2003
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
Elected to finish Smith's term.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Redistricted to the 4th district.
District eliminated January 3, 2003

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

Coordinates: 30°36′28″N 88°47′35″W / 30.607817°N 88.793113°W / 30.607817; -88.793113