Oregon's 5th congressional district
Oregon's 5th congressional district represents Oregon's central coast through Salem, north to the southern Portland suburbs, and east to the summit of Mount Hood. It includes Lincoln, Marion and Polk Counties, most of Clackamas and Tillamook Counties, plus parts of Benton and Multnomah Counties.
|Oregon's 5th congressional district|
Oregon's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
|Area||5,362 sq mi (13,890 km2)|
The district is currently represented by Democrat Kurt Schrader, who was elected in 2008 to replace the retiring Darlene Hooley. This marked the first time in the district's history that a new representative had the same party affiliation as the outgoing representative.
The district was created in 1982 when Oregon was granted a new congressional district as a result of reapportionment from the 1980 census. Denny Smith, who had represented Oregon's 2nd congressional district in the previous Congress, was re-elected in the 5th district in 1982.
In 2002, the district shrank slightly in area due to redistricting. About half of the portion of the district that had been in Benton County, Oregon was moved into the 4th district and portions of west-central Clackamas County were moved into the 3rd district. At the same time, small portions of northern Clackamas and southern Multnomah County that had previously been part of the 1st district were moved into the 5th district.
The district is one of the few in the country that is not safe for either party on paper. Since the 1990s, congressional races here have usually been very competitive.
List of members representing the districtEdit
|District Home||Electoral history|
|District created||January 3, 1983|
|Republican||January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1991
|Salem||Redistricted from the 2nd district.|
|Democratic||January 3, 1991 –
January 3, 1995
|Republican||January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 1997
|Democratic||January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2009
|Democratic||January 3, 2009 –
Recent presidential electionsEdit
|Election results from presidential races|
|2012||President||Obama 51 - 47%|
|2016||President||Clinton 48 - 44%|
Sources (official results only):
- Elections History from the Oregon Secretary of State website
- Election Statistics from the website of the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives
|Libertarian||Lawrence Knight Duquesne||5,191||1.91|
|Pacific Green||Michael Donnelly||3,637||1.59|
|Natural Law||Jim Burns||2,971||1.30|
|Constitution||Joseph H. Bitz||2,971||0.84|
|Pacific Green||Paul Aranas||4,194||1.54|
|Pacific Green||Alex Polikoff||4,955||1.55|
|Pacific Green||Chris Lugo||7,557||2.67|
|Pacific Green||Christina Lugo||7,516||2.29|
|Libertarian||Daniel K. Souza||5,198||1.8|
|Pacific Green||Marvin Sandnes||12,542||3.3|
|Pacific Green||Marvin Sandnes||4,802||1.3|
Historical district boundariesEdit
In the 2002 redistricting, the district gained its current portion of Multnomah County from the 3rd district, but also lost a significant portion of northern Clackamas County to the 3rd district.
- "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
- "Schraders continue divorce curse of Oregon's 5th District". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
- "Oregon District Where Every Member of Congress Divorces While in Office". AllGov. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
- Almanac of American Politics, 2002 and 2006 editions.
- Mapes, Jeff (June 29, 2011). "Oregon legislators reach agreement on congressional redistricting". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
- "Oregon's Congressional Districts (Senate Bill 990)" (PDF). Oregon Legislative Assembly. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
- 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