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North Carolina's 5th congressional district

North Carolina's 5th congressional district covers the northwestern corner of North Carolina from the Appalachian Mountains to the Piedmont Triad. While the bulk of its territory is in the mountains, it stretches just far enough east to grab its largest city, Winston-Salem. Although that city is heavily Democratic, and the college town of Boone leans Democratic, the rest of the district is overwhelmingly Republican. Large portions were controlled by Republicans even during the “Solid South” era as much of northwestern North Carolina was Quaker[5] or mountaineer and therefore resisted secession.[6] Two counties in the district – Avery and Yadkin – have never voted for a Democratic Presidential candidate since their creation, and Wilkes County has never done so since before the Second Party System.

North Carolina's 5th congressional district
North Carolina US Congressional District 5 (since 2017).tif
North Carolina's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2017.
Representative
  Virginia Foxx
RBanner Elk
Distribution
  • 58.99[1]% urban
  • 41.01% rural
Population (2016)751,232[2]
Median income$46,513[3]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+10[4]

The fifth district is currently represented by Virginia Foxx, a Republican.

Contents

Counties coveredEdit

List of members representing the districtEdit

Member Party Years Electoral history District location
 
John Sevier
Pro-Administration June 16, 1790 –
March 3, 1791
Elected in 1790.
District ceded by the state to the Federal government in 1789 but permitted to serve anyway although he wasn't representing any part of a state.
1790–1791
"Western division"
William B. Grove Pro-Administration March 4, 1791 –
March 3, 1793
Elected in 1791.
Redistricted to the 7th district after original district ceded to federal government to later become Tennessee.
1791–1793
"Cape Fear division"
 
Nathaniel Macon
Anti-Administration March 4, 1793 –
March 3, 1795
Redistricted from the 2nd districtand re-elected in 1793.
Re-elected in 1795.
Re-elected in 1796.
Re-elected in 1798.
Re-elected in 1800.
Redistricted to the 6th district.
1793–1803
[Data unknown/missing.]
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1803
James Gillespie Democratic-Republican March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1805
Elected in 1803.
Re-elected in 1804.
Died.
Thomas Kenan Democratic-Republican March 4, 1805 –
March 3, 1811
Elected August 8, 1805 to begin Gillespie's term.
Re-elected in 1806.
Re-elected in 1808.
Retired.
 
William R. King
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1811 –
November 4, 1816
Elected in 1810.
Re-elected in 1813.
Re-elected in 1815.
Resigned.
Vacant November 4, 1816 –
December 2, 1816
Charles Hooks Democratic-Republican December 2, 1816 –
March 3, 1817
Elected to finish King's term.
Lost re-election.
James Owen Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1819
Elected in 1817.
Lost re-election.
Charles Hooks Democratic-Republican March 4, 1819 –
March 3, 1823
Elected in 1819.
Re-elected in 1821.
Re-elected in 1823.
Lost re-election.
Crawford Democratic-Republican March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
Gabriel Holmes Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
September 26, 1829
Elected in 1825.
Re-elected in 1827.
Re-elected in 1829.
Died.
Vacant September 26, 1829 –
November 10, 1829
 
Edward B. Dudley
Jacksonian November 10, 1829 –
March 3, 1831
Elected November 10, 1829 to finish Holmes's term and seated December 14, 1829.
[Data unknown/missing.]
James I. McKay Jacksonian March 4, 1831 –
March 3, 1843
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 6th district.
Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1843
 
Romulus M. Saunders
Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
Redistricted from the 8th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
James C. Dobbin
Democratic March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1847
[Data unknown/missing.]
Abraham W. Venable Democratic March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1853
[Data unknown/missing.]
John Kerr Jr. Whig March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
[Data unknown/missing.]
Edwin G. Reade Know Nothing March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
John A. Gilmer
Know Nothing March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
[Data unknown/missing.]
Opposition March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1861
Vacant March 3, 1861 –
July 20, 1868
Civil War and Reconstruction
Israel G. Lash Republican July 20, 1868 –
March 3, 1871
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
James M. Leach
Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1875
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Alfred M. Scales
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
December 30, 1884
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned when elected Governor of North Carolina.
Vacant December 30, 1884 –
January 28, 1885
James W. Reid Democratic January 28, 1885 –
December 31, 1886
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned.
Vacant December 31, 1886 –
March 3, 1887
John M. Brower Republican March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1891
[Data unknown/missing.]
Archibald H. A. Williams Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
[Data unknown/missing.]
Thomas Settle III Republican March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1897
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
William W. Kitchin
Democratic March 4, 1897 –
January 11, 1909
[Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned when elected Governor of North Carolina.
Vacant January 11, 1909 –
March 3, 1909
 
John M. Morehead
Republican March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1911
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Charles M. Stedman
Democratic March 4, 1911 –
September 23, 1930
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant September 23, 1930 –
November 4, 1930
Franklin W. Hancock Jr. Democratic November 4, 1930 –
January 3, 1939
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Alonzo D. Folger
Democratic January 3, 1939 –
April 30, 1941
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant April 30, 1941 –
June 14, 1941
 
John H. Folger
Democratic June 14, 1941 –
January 3, 1949
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Richard T. Chatham
Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1957
[Data unknown/missing.]
Ralph J. Scott Democratic January 3, 1957 –
January 3, 1967
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Nick Galifianakis
Democratic January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1969
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 4th district.
 
Vinegar Bend Mizell
Republican January 3, 1969 –
January 3, 1975
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Stephen L. Neal
Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1995
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
Richard Burr
Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 2005
Elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator in 2014.
2003–2013
 
 
Virginia Foxx
Republican January 3, 2005 –
Present
Elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.
2013–2017
 
2017–Present
 

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
2003 - 2013
 
2013–2017

Election ResultsEdit

2004Edit

US House Election 2004: North Carolina 5th district[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Virginia Foxx 167,546 58.83
Democratic Jim A. Harrell, Jr. 117,271 41.17
Total votes 284,817 100

2006Edit

US House Election 2006: North Carolina 5th district[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Virginia Foxx (incumbent) 96,138 57.16
Democratic Roger Sharpe 72,061 42.84
Total votes 168,199 100

2008Edit

US House Election 2008: North Carolina 5th district[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Virginia Foxx (incumbent) 190,820 58.37
Democratic Roy Carter 136,103 41.63
Total votes 326,923 100

2010Edit

US House Election 2010: North Carolina 5th district[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Virginia Foxx (incumbent) 140,525 65.89
Democratic Billy Kennedy 72,762 34.11
Total votes 213,287 100

2012Edit

US House Election 2012: North Carolina 5th district[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Virginia Foxx (incumbent) 200,945 57.54
Democratic Elisabeth Motsinger 148,252 42.46
Total votes 349,197 100

2014Edit

US House Election 2014: North Carolina 5th district[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Virginia Foxx (incumbent) 139,279 61
Democratic Joshua Brannon 88,973 39
Total votes 228,252 100

2016Edit

US House Election 2016: North Carolina 5th district[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Virginia Foxx (incumbent) 207,625 58.4
Democratic Josh Brannon 147,887 41.6
Total votes 355,512 100

2018Edit

US House Election 2018: North Carolina 5th district[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Virginia Foxx (incumbent) 159,917 57.0
Democratic Denise D. Adams 120,468 43.0
Total votes 280,385 100

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Geography, US Census Bureau. "Congressional Districts Relationship Files (state-based)". www.census.gov. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  2. ^ Bureau, Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP), US Census. "My Congressional District". www.census.gov. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  3. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=37&cd=05
  4. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  5. ^ Auman, William T. and Scarboro, David D.; ‘The Heroes of America in Civil War North Carolina’, The North Carolina Historical Review, volume. 58, no. 4 (October, 1981), pp. 327-363
  6. ^ Auman, William T.; Civil War in the North Carolina Quaker Belt: The Confederate Campaign Against Peace Agitators, Deserters and Draft Dodgers, pp. 11, 66-68 ISBN 078647663X
  7. ^ "2004 General Election Results US House (5th District)". North Carolina State Board of Elections. Retrieved January 11, 2010.
  8. ^ "2006 General Election Results US House (5th District)". North Carolina State Board of Elections. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  9. ^ "2008 General Election". North Carolina State Board of Elections. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  10. ^ "US House of Representatives district 5". North Carolina State Board of Elections. Retrieved July 5, 2014.
  11. ^ "North Carolina General Elections Results 2012". North Carolina State Board of Elections. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  12. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference Generalelection was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  13. ^ "District 5, North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement". North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement. Retrieved November 10, 2018.

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