|Louisiana's 5th congressional district|
Louisiana's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Louisiana's 5th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The district covers most of the northeastern and central portions of the state and much of the northern portions of the Florida parishes. It contains the cities of Monroe and Alexandria.
"On November 16, 2013, Republican newcomer Vance McAllister, a businessman from Swartz, Louisiana, handily defeated fellow Republican State Senator Neil Riser of Columbia in Caldwell Parish to claim the seat in a special election. McAllister led Riser, 54,449 (59.7) to 36,837 (40.3 percent), with all 981 precincts reporting. McAllister won fourteen of the twenty-four parishes in the district, including large margins in Ouachita and Rapides. McAllister had criticized Governor Bobby Jindal for not extending Medicaid to qualified poor Louisianians, and Riser had endorsed the governor's refusal.
Analysts considered McAllister's victory as a rejection of Jindal's efforts to have the seat vacated and to replace Alexander with his hand-picked candidate in a low-turnout special election. The runoff turnout was less than 19%, three percent less than in the primary.
Previously the seat was held by Rodney Alexander, who in 2004 had switched from the Democratic Party to the GOP. Alexander resigned on September 26, 2013 to become secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs under Governor Jindal.
Originally 14 candidates ran to succeed Alexander, including Clyde C. Holloway, a former representative from Louisiana's 8th congressional district, since disbanded. Riser and McAllister emerged from the primary to meet in the runoff.
|Election results from presidential races|
|2000||President||Bush 57 - 40%|
|2004||President||Bush 62 - 37%|
|2008||President||McCain 62 - 37%|
|2012||President||Romney 61 - 38%|
|2016||President||Trump 64 - 34%|
|Civil War and Reconstruction|
|W. Jasper Blackburn||Republican||July 18, 1868 -
March 3, 1869
Retired to run for Lieutenant Governor.
|Republican||March 4, 1869 -
June 8, 1876
|Lost contested election.|
William B. Spencer
|Democratic||June 8, 1876 -
January 8, 1877
|44th||Won contested election.|
Resigned to become associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
|Vacant||January 8, 1877 -|
March 3, 1877
John E. Leonard
|Republican||March 4, 1877 -
March 15, 1878
|Vacant||March 15, 1878 -|
November 5, 1878
J. Smith Young
|Democratic||November 5, 1878 -
March 3, 1879
|45th||Elected to finish Leonard's term.|
J. Floyd King
|Democratic||March 4, 1879 -
March 3, 1887
|Democratic||March 4, 1887 -
March 3, 1889
Charles J. Boatner
|Democratic||March 4, 1889 -
March 20, 1896
|Elected in 1888.|
House declared seat vacant after election was contested by Alexis Benoit.
|Vacant||March 20, 1896 -
June 10, 1896
Charles J. Boatner
|Democratic||June 10, 1896 -
March 3, 1897
|Elected to finish Boatner's term.|
Samuel T. Baird
|Democratic||March 4, 1897 -
April 22, 1899
|Vacant||April 22, 1899 -
August 29, 1899
Joseph E. Ransdell
|Democratic||August 29, 1899 -
March 3, 1913
|Elected to finish Baird's term.|
James Walter Elder
|Democratic||March 4, 1913 -
March 3, 1915
Riley J. Wilson
|Democratic||March 4, 1915 -
January 3, 1937
Newt V. Mills
|Democratic||January 3, 1937 -
January 3, 1943
Charles E. McKenzie
|Democratic||January 3, 1943 -
January 3, 1947
|Democratic||January 3, 1947 -
January 3, 1977
|Democratic||January 3, 1977 -
January 3, 1993
Lost re-election in a redistricting contest.
|Republican||January 3, 1993 -
January 3, 1997
|Redistricted from the 4th district and re-elected in 1992.|
Redistricted to the 4th district.
|Republican||January 3, 1997 -
January 3, 2003
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
|Democratic||January 3, 2003 -
August 9, 2004
|Elected in 2002.|
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Resigned to become Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs.
|Republican||August 9, 2004 -|
September 26, 2013
|Vacant||September 26, 2013 -
November 16, 2013
|Republican||November 16, 2013 -
January 3, 2015
|Elected to finish Alexander's term.|
|Republican||January 3, 2015 -
|Elected in 2014.|
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.
|Democratic||Rodney Alexander (Incumbent)||86,718||50.28|
|Republican||Rodney Alexander (Incumbent)||141,495||59.44|
|Democratic||Zelma "Tisa" Blakes||58,591||24.61|
|Republican||John W. "Jock" Scott||37,971||15.95|
|Republican gain from Democratic|
|Democratic||Gloria Williams Hearn||33,233||29.00|
|Independent||Tom Gibbs Jr.||33,279||21.43|
|No Party||"Ron" Ceasar||37,486||14.41|
|Libertarian||Clay Steven Grant||20,194||7.76|
|Republican||Vance M. McAllister||26,606||11|
|Republican||Clyde C. Holloway||17,877||7|
|Green||Eliot S. Barron||1,655||1|
|Democratic||Jessee Carlton Fleenor||67,118||30.0|
|Democratic||Martin Lemelle Jr.||32,186||10|
|Republican||Allen Guillory Sr.||22,496||7|
|Democratic||Jesse P. Lagarde||7,136||2|