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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, who is not running for re-election in 2020.[3]

Wisconsin's 5th congressional district
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Wisconsin's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Jim 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.

List of members representing the districtEdit

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history Location
District created March 4, 1863
 
Ezra Wheeler
Democratic March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1865
38th [Data unknown/missing.] 1863 – 1873
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Philetus Sawyer
Republican March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1873
39th
40th
41st
42nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 6th district.
 
Charles A. Eldredge
Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
43rd Redistricted from the 4th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
1873 – 1883
[Data unknown/missing.]
Samuel D. Burchard Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
44th
 
Edward S. Bragg
Democratic March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1883
45th
46th
47th
[Data unknown/missing.] 1883 – 1893
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Joseph Rankin
Democratic March 4, 1883 –
January 24, 1886
48th
49th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
Vacant January 24, 1886 –
March 8, 1886
49th
Thomas R. Hudd Democratic March 8, 1886 –
March 3, 1889
49th
50th
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
George H. Brickner
Democratic March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1895
51st
52nd
53rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
1893 – 1903
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Samuel S. Barney
Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1903
54th
55th
56th
57th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
 
William H. Stafford
Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1911
58th
59th
60th
61st
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
1903 – 1913
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Victor L. Berger
Socialist March 4, 1911 –
March 3, 1913
62nd [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
William H. Stafford
Republican March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1919
63rd
64th
65th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
1913 – 1933
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1921
66th Congress refused to seat Representative-elect Victor L. Berger.
 
William H. Stafford
Republican March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1923
67th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Victor L. Berger
Socialist March 4, 1923 –
March 3, 1929
68th
69th
70th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
William H. Stafford
Republican March 4, 1929 –
March 3, 1933
71st
72nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
Thomas O'Malley Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1939
73rd
74th
75th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
1933 – 1943
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lewis D. Thill Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1943
76th
77th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
Howard J. McMurray Democratic January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1945
78th [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
1943 – 1953
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Andrew Biemiller
Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
79th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Charles J. Kersten
Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1949
80th [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Andrew Biemiller
Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1951
81st [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
 
Charles J. Kersten
Republican January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1955
82nd
83rd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
1953 – 1963
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Henry S. Reuss
Democratic January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1983
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
1963 – 1973
[Data unknown/missing.]
1973 – 1983
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Jim Moody
Democratic January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1993
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
1983 – 1993
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Tom Barrett
Democratic January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 2003
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for Governor of Wisconsin.
1993 – 2003
[Data unknown/missing.]
 
Jim Sensenbrenner
Republican January 3, 2003 –
Present
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
Redistricted from the 9th district.
Retiring in 2020.
2003 – 2013
 
2013 – Present
 

Living former members of the House from the districtEdit

As of March 2019, there is one living former members of the House from the district.

Member Service Date of birth (and current age)
Tom Barrett January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2003 (1953-12-08) December 8, 1953 (age 65)

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.
  3. ^ Brufke, JulieGrace (September 4, 2019). "Republican Jim Sensenbrenner announces he won't seek reelection". The Hill. Washington, DC. Retrieved September 4, 2019.

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