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Wisconsin's 5th congressional district

Wisconsin's 5th congressional district is a congressional district of the United States House of Representatives in Wisconsin, covering most of Milwaukee's northern and western suburbs. It presently covers all of Washington and Jefferson counties, most of Waukesha County, and portions of Dodge, Milwaukee and Walworth counties. It is currently represented by Republican Jim Sensenbrenner.

Wisconsin's 5th congressional district
Wisconsin US Congressional District 5 (since 2013).tif
Wisconsin's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
U.S. RepresentativeJim Sensenbrenner (RMenomonee Falls)
Area1,273.23 sq mi (3,297.7 km2)
Distribution
  • 84.79% urban
  • 15.21% rural
Population (2000)670,458
Median income$70,709[1]
Ethnicity
Occupation
Cook PVIR+13[2]

This is the most Republican district in Wisconsin. George W. Bush carried the district in 2004 with 63% of the vote. The 5th District was the only district in Wisconsin that John McCain won in 2008, giving 57.73% of the vote to McCain and 41.28% to Barack Obama.

Prior to the 2000 census (when Wisconsin lost a seat in Congress), the 5th District was a Milwaukee district, with vastly different boundaries and political history, represented often by Democrats or even Socialists. Most of the territory now in the 5th was part of the 9th District from 1965 to 2003. At that time, all of Milwaukee was merged into the 4th District, while the old 9th essentially became the new 5th.

Contents

List of members representing the districtEdit

Cong
ress(es)
Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1863 [Data unknown/missing.]
38th  
Ezra Wheeler
Democratic March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1865
[Data unknown/missing.]
39th
40th
41st
42nd
 
Philetus Sawyer
Republican March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1873
Redistricted to 6th district.
43rd  
Charles A. Eldredge
Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
Redistricted from 4th district.
44th Samuel D. Burchard Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
45th
46th
47th
 
Edward S. Bragg
Democratic March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1883
[Data unknown/missing.]
48th
49th
 
Joseph Rankin
Democratic March 4, 1883 –
January 24, 1886
Died.
Vacant January 24, 1886 –
March 8, 1886
49th
50th
Thomas R. Hudd Democratic March 8, 1886 –
March 3, 1889
[Data unknown/missing.]
51st
52nd
53rd
 
George H. Brickner
Democratic March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1895
[Data unknown/missing.]
54th
55th
56th
57th
 
Samuel S. Barney
Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1903
Retired.
58th
59th
60th
61st
 
William H. Stafford
Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1911
Lost renomination.
62nd  
Victor L. Berger
Socialist March 4, 1911 –
March 3, 1913
Lost re-election.
63rd
64th
65th
 
William H. Stafford
Republican March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1919
Lost re-election.
Vacant March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1921
Congress refused to seat Representative-elect Victor L. Berger.
67th  
William H. Stafford
Republican March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1923
Lost re-election.
68th
69th
70th
 
Victor L. Berger
Socialist March 4, 1923 –
March 3, 1929
Lost re-election.
71st
72nd
 
William H. Stafford
Republican March 4, 1929 –
March 3, 1933
Lost renomination.
73rd
74th
75th
Thomas O'Malley Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1939
Lost re-election
76th
77th
Lewis D. Thill Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1943
Lost re-election.
78th Howard J. McMurray Democratic January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1945
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
79th  
Andrew Biemiller
Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
Lost re-election.
80th  
Charles J. Kersten
Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1949
Lost re-election.
81st  
Andrew Biemiller
Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1951
Lost re-election.
82nd
83rd
 
Charles J. Kersten
Republican January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1955
Lost re-election.
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
 
Henry S. Reuss
Democratic January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1983
Retired.
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
 
Jim Moody
Democratic January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1993
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
 
Tom Barrett
Democratic January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 2003
Retired to run for Governor of Wisconsin.
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
 
Jim Sensenbrenner
Republican January 3, 2003 –
Present
Redistricted from the 9th district.

Living former members of the House from the districtEdit

As of April 2015, there are two living former members of the House from the district.

U.S. Representative U.S. House of Representatives Term Date of birth (and current age)
Jim Moody 1983–1993 (1935-09-02) September 2, 1935 (age 83)
Tom Barrett 1993–2003 (1953-12-08) December 8, 1953 (age 65)

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
2003 - 2013

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=55&cd=05
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.

Coordinates: 43°11′59″N 88°31′53″W / 43.19972°N 88.53139°W / 43.19972; -88.53139