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 Scott Fitzgerald.

Wisconsin's 5th congressional district
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Wisconsin's 5th congressional district since January 3, 2013
Representative
  Scott Fitzgerald
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Area1,273.23 sq mi (3,297.7 km2)
Distribution
  • 84.79% urban
  • 15.21% rural
Population (2019)733,314
Median household
income
$77,386[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+11[3]

This was historically the most Republican district in Wisconsin, but as suburban areas have moved left, and rural and working class areas have moved right, the 7th and 8th have surpassed the 5th. However, this district remains solidly Republican for the time being. 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. From 1983 to 2003, it covered the northern half of Milwaukee, including downtown, as well as some suburbs to the north. Meanwhile, most of the territory now in the 5th was part of the 9th District from 1965 to 2003.

After Wisconsin lost a district in the 2000 Census, 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 District
District created March 4, 1863
 
5th congressional district (purple) for the 1862 general election and every election through 1870.
 
Ezra Wheeler
Democratic March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1865
38th Elected in 1862.
Retired.
 
Philetus Sawyer
Republican March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1873
39th
40th
41st
42nd
Elected in 1864.
Re-elected in 1866.
Re-elected in 1868.
Re-elected in 1870.
Redistricted to the 6th district.
 
Charles A. Eldredge
Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
43rd Redistricted from the 4th district and re-elected in 1872.
Lost renomination.
 
5th congressional district (purple) for the 1872 general election and every election through 1880.
 
Samuel D. Burchard
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
44th Elected in 1874.
Lost renomination.
 
Edward S. Bragg
Democratic March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1883
45th
46th
47th
Elected in 1876.
Re-elected in 1878.
Re-elected in 1880.
Redistricted to the 2nd district and lost renomination.
 
Joseph Rankin
Democratic March 4, 1883 –
January 24, 1886
48th
49th
Elected in 1882.
Re-elected in 1884.
Died.
 
5th congressional district (purple) for the 1882 general election and every election through 1890.
Vacant January 24, 1886 –
March 8, 1886
49th
 
Thomas R. Hudd
Democratic March 8, 1886 –
March 3, 1889
49th
50th
Elected to finish Rankin's term.
Re-elected in 1886.
Retired.
 
George H. Brickner
Democratic March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1895
51st
52nd
53rd
Elected in 1888.
Re-elected in 1890.
Re-elected in 1892.
Retired.
 
5th congressional district (purple) for the 1892 general election and every election through 1900.
 
Samuel S. Barney
Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1903
54th
55th
56th
57th
Elected in 1894.
Re-elected in 1896.
Re-elected in 1898.
Re-elected in 1900.
Retired.
 
William H. Stafford
Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1911
58th
59th
60th
61st
Elected in 1902.
Re-elected in 1904.
Re-elected in 1906.
Re-elected in 1908.
Lost renomination.
 
5th congressional district (purple) for the 1902 general election and every election through 1910.
 
Victor L. Berger
Socialist March 4, 1911 –
March 3, 1913
62nd Elected in 1910.
Lost re-election.
 
William H. Stafford
Republican March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1919
63rd
64th
65th
Elected in 1912.
Re-elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
Lost re-election.
 
5th congressional district (purple) for the 1912 general election and every election through 1931.
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 Elected in 1920.
Lost re-election.
 
Victor L. Berger
Socialist March 4, 1923 –
March 3, 1929
68th
69th
70th
Elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Re-elected in 1926.
Lost re-election.
 
William H. Stafford
Republican March 4, 1929 –
March 3, 1933
71st
72nd
Elected in 1928.
Re-elected in 1930.
Lost renomination.
 
Thomas O'Malley
Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1939
73rd
74th
75th
Elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1934.
Re-elected in 1936.
Lost re-election.
1933 – 1943
[data unknown/missing]
Lewis D. Thill Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1943
76th
77th
Elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Lost re-election.
 
Howard J. McMurray
Democratic January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1945
78th Elected in 1942.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
1943 – 1953
[data unknown/missing]
 
Andrew Biemiller
Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
79th Elected in 1944.
Lost re-election.
 
Charles J. Kersten
Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1949
80th Elected in 1946.
Lost re-election.
 
Andrew Biemiller
Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1951
81st Elected in 1948.
Lost re-election.
 
Charles J. Kersten
Republican January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1955
82nd
83rd
Elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
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
Elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Re-elected in 1962.
Re-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.
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
Elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
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
Elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Retired to run for Governor of Wisconsin.
1993 – 2003
[data unknown/missing]
 
Jim Sensenbrenner
Republican January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2021
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
Redistricted from the 9th district and re-elected in 2002.
Re-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.
Retired.
2003–2013
 
2013–present
 
 
Scott L. Fitzgerald
Republican January 3, 2021 –
Present
117th Elected in 2020.

Recent election resultsEdit

2012Edit

Wisconsin 5th Congressional District 2012 [4][5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (Incumbent) 250,335 67.72
Democratic Dave Heaster 118,478 32.05
none Scattering 851 0.23
Total votes 369,664 100.0

2014Edit

Wisconsin's 5th congressional district, 2014[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Sensenbrenner (incumbent) 231,160 69.5
Democratic Chris Rockwood 101,190 30.4
n/a Write-ins 476 0.1
Total votes 332,826 100.0
Republican hold

2016Edit

Wisconsin's 5th congressional district, 2016[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican James Sensenbrenner (incumbent) 260,706 66.7
Democratic Khary Penebaker 114,477 29.3
Libertarian John Arndt 15,324 3.9
n/a Write-ins 337 0.1
Total votes 390,844 100.0
Republican hold

2018Edit

Wisconsin's 5th congressional district, 2018[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Sensenbrenner (incumbent) 225,619 61.9
Democratic Tom Palzewicz 138,385 38.0
Democratic Ramon Garcia (write-in) 1 0.0
n/a Write-ins 283 0.1
Total votes 364,288 100.0
Republican hold

2020Edit

Wisconsin's 5th congressional district, 2020[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott Fitzgerald 265,434 60.1
Democratic Tom Palzewicz 175,902 39.8
Write-in 263 0.1
Total votes 441,599 100.0
Republican hold


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "My Congressional District".
  2. ^ "Census profile: Congressional District 5, WI".
  3. ^ "Introducing the 2021 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index". The Cook Political Report. April 15, 2021. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  4. ^ "Wisconsin Government Accountability Board County by County Congress Seats" (PDF). State of Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. November 21, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  5. ^ Scatterings votes are included as they were reported to the Clerk of the House of Representatives"Election Statistics US House of Representatives - 2012". Karen Haas, Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. February 28, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  6. ^ "Wisconsin Statewide Results General Election - November 4, 2014 Official Results". Wisconsin Secretary of State. November 4, 2014. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  7. ^ "Wisconsin Elections Commission". Wisconsin Elections Commission. November 8, 2016. Retrieved December 2, 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. ^ "Canvass Results for 2020 General Election" (PDF). Wisconsin Elections Commission. Retrieved December 2, 2020.

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