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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
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Wisconsin's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (RMenomonee Falls)
Area 1,273.23 sq mi (3,297.7 km2)
Distribution
  • 84.79% urban
  • 15.21% rural
Population (2000) 670,458
Median income 58,594
Ethnicity
Occupation
Cook PVI R+13[1]

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.

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List of representativesEdit

Congress(es) Representative Party Years Note
District created March 4, 1863
38th  Ezra Wheeler Democratic March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1865
39th42nd   Philetus Sawyer Republican March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1873 Redistricted to 6th district
43rd   Charles Augustus Eldredge Democratic March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875 Redistricted from 4th district
44th Samuel D. Burchard Democratic March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1877
45th47th   Edward S. Bragg Democratic March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1883
48th49th   Joseph Rankin Democratic March 4, 1883 – January 24, 1886 Died
Vacant January 24, 1886 – March 8, 1886
49th50th Thomas R. Hudd Democratic March 8, 1886 – March 3, 1889
51st53rd   George H. Brickner Democratic March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1895
54th57th   Samuel S. Barney Republican March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1903 Retired
58th61st   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 to Stafford
63rd65th   William H. Stafford Republican March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1919 Lost re-election to Berger
Vacant March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1921 Congress refused to seat Rep.-elect Victor L. Berger
67th   William H. Stafford Republican March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1923 Lost re-election to Berger
68th70th   Victor L. Berger Socialist March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1929 Lost re-election to Stafford
71st72nd   William H. Stafford Republican March 4, 1929 – March 3, 1933 Lost renomination
73rd75th Thomas O'Malley Democratic March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1939 Lost re-election
76th77th 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. Senate
79th   Andrew Biemiller Democratic January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1947 Lost re-election to Kersten
80th   Charles J. Kersten Republican January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949 Lost re-election to Biemiller
81st   Andrew Biemiller Democratic January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1951 Lost re-election to Kersten
82nd83rd   Charles J. Kersten Republican January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1955 Lost re-election to Reuss
84th97th   Henry S. Reuss Democratic January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1983 Retired
98th102nd   Jim Moody Democratic January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993 Retired to run for U.S. Senate
103rd107th   Tom Barrett Democratic January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2003 Retired to run for Governor
108th–Present   Jim Sensenbrenner Republican January 3, 2003 – Present Redistricted from the 9th district, Incumbent

Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 5th congressional districtEdit

As of April 2015, two former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 5th congressional district are alive.

U.S. Representative U.S. House of Representatives Term Date of birth (and age)
Jim Moody 1983–1993 (1935-09-02) September 2, 1935 (age 82)
Tom Barrett 1993–2003 (1953-12-08) December 8, 1953 (age 64)

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
2003 - 2013

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "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