Washington's 5th congressional district

Washington's 5th congressional district encompasses the Eastern Washington counties of Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane, Whitman, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin. It is centered on Spokane, the state's second largest city.

Washington's 5th congressional district
WA CD 05-2013.pdf
Representative
  Cathy McMorris Rodgers
RSpokane
Population (2019)734,322
Median household
income
$57,837[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+8[2]

Since 2005, the 5th District has been represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican. Rodgers's predecessor, George Nethercutt, defeated Democrat Tom Foley, then Speaker of the House, in the 1994 elections; Foley had held the seat since 1965.

In presidential elections, the 5th District was once fairly competitive, but in recent years has generally been a safe bet for the Republicans. Although George W. Bush carried the district with 57% in 2000 and 2004, John McCain just narrowly won the district with 52% of the vote, while Barack Obama received 46% in 2008. In 2012, President Obama's share of the vote dropped to 44%.

The first election in the 5th District was in 1914, won by Democrat Clarence Dill. Following the 1910 census, Washington gained two seats in the U.S. House, from three to five, but did not reapportion for the 1912 election. The two new seats were elected as statewide at-large, with each voter casting ballots for three congressional seats, their district and two at-large. After that election, the state was reapportioned to five districts for the 1914 election. The state's 6th District was added after the 1930 census and first contested in the 1932 election.

The district from 2003 to 2013

Recent results from statewide racesEdit

Year Office Won District Lost District Winning Margin
1968 President Nixon 45% Humphrey 41% 4%
1972 President Nixon 63% McGovern 37% 26%
1976 President Ford 54% Carter 43% 11%
1980 President Reagan 56% Carter 34% 22%
1984 President Reagan 60% Mondale 39% 21%
1988 President Bush 51% Dukakis 48% 3%
1992 President Clinton 40% Bush 36% 4%
1996 President Clinton 44% Dole 43% 1%
2000 President Bush 55% Gore 40% 15%
2004 President Bush 57% Kerry 41% 16%
2008 President McCain 52% Obama 46% 6%
2012 President Romney 54% Obama 44% 10%
2016 President Trump 52% Clinton 39% 13%
2020 President Trump 53% Biden 44% 9%

List of members representing the districtEdit

Member
(Residence)
Party Years Cong
ess
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1915
 
Clarence Dill
(Spokane)
Democratic March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1919
64th
65th
Elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
Lost re-election.
 
J. Stanley Webster
(Spokane)
Republican March 4, 1919 –
May 8, 1923
66th
67th
68th
Elected in 1918.
Re-elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1922.
Resigned to become judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.
Vacant May 8, 1923 –
September 25, 1923
68th
 
Samuel B. Hill
(Waterville)[3]
Democratic September 25, 1923 –
June 25, 1936
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
74th
Elected to finish Dill's term.
Re-elected in 1924.
Re-elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928.
Re-elected in 1930.
Re-elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1934.
Resigned to become member of the U.S. Board of Tax Appeals.
Vacant June 25, 1936 –
January 3, 1937
74th
 
Charles H. Leavy
(Veradale)[4]
Democratic January 3, 1937 –
August 1, 1942
75th
76th
77th
Elected in 1936.
Re-elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Resigned to become judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Vacant August 1, 1942 –
January 3, 1943
77th
 
Walt Horan
(Wenatchee)
Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1965
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
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.
Re-elected in 1962.
Lost re-election.
 
Tom Foley
(Spokane)
Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1995
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
Elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970.
Re-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.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Lost re-election.
 
George Nethercutt
(Spokane)
Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 2005
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
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.
 
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
(Spokane)
Republican January 3, 2005 –
present
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
117th
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.
Re-elected in 2020.

Recent election resultsEdit

2012Edit

Washington 5th Congressional District - 6 November 2012 [5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Incumbent) 191,066 61.9
Democratic Rich Cowan 117,512 38.1
Total votes 308,578 100.0

2014Edit

Washington's 5th congressional district, 2014 [6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers (incumbent) 135,470 60.7
Democratic Joseph Pakootas 87,772 39.3
Total votes 223,242 100.0
Republican hold

2016Edit

Washington's 5th congressional district, 2016<[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers (incumbent) 192,959 59.6
Democratic Joe Pakootas 130,575 40.4
Total votes 323,534 100.0
Republican hold

2018Edit

Washington's 5th congressional district, 2018[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers (incumbent) 175,422 54.8
Democratic Lisa Brown 144,925 45.2
Total votes 320,347 100.0
Republican hold

2020Edit

Washington's 5th congressional district, 2020[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers (incumbent) 247,815 61.3
Democratic Dave Wilson 155,737 38.5
Write-in 808 0.2
Total votes 404,360 100
Republican hold

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "My Congressional District".
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ "Hill elected to Congress". Spokane Daily Chronicle. September 26, 1923. p. 1.
  4. ^ Reilly, W. Newland (July 19, 1943). "Leavy returns to preside over federal court". Spokane Daily Chronicle. p. 3.
  5. ^ "Federal - All Results". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  6. ^ "Federal - All Results". Washington Secretary of State. November 4, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  7. ^ "November 8, 2016 General Election Results". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  8. ^ Johnson, Cheryl L. (February 28, 2019). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 2018". Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  9. ^ "November 3, 2020 General Election Results". Washington Secretary of State. Retrieved December 4, 2020.

External linksEdit

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Home district of the Speaker
June 6, 1989 – January 3, 1995
Succeeded by

Coordinates: 48°N 118°W / 48°N 118°W / 48; -118