Louisiana's 7th Congressional District
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Louisiana's 7th Congressional District

Louisiana's 7th congressional district was a congressional district in the U.S. state of Louisiana located in the southwestern part of the state. It last contained the cities of Crowley, Eunice, Jennings, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Opelousas, Sulphur and Ville Platte.

The district became obsolete for the 113th Congress in 2013 as Louisiana had lost a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives redistricting based upon results from the 2010 Census. Most of the territory in this district became the 3rd district.

The district in its final form, from 2003 to 2013

List of representatives

Representative Party Years Cong
ress
Notes
District created March 4, 1903 following the 1900 census
Arsene Pujo.jpg Arsène Paulin Pujó Democratic March 4, 1903 - March 3, 1913 58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
Ladislas Lazaro.jpg Ladislas Lazaro Democratic March 4, 1913 - March 30, 1927 63rd
64th
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
Died
Vacant March 30, 1927 - August 23, 1927
No image.svg René Louis DeRouen Democratic August 23, 1927 - January 3, 1941 70th
71st
72nd
73rd
74th
75th
76th
No image.svg Vance Plauche Democratic January 3, 1941 - January 3, 1943 77th
No image.svg Henry D. Larcade, Jr. Democratic January 3, 1943 - January 3, 1953 78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
T. Ashton Thompson.jpg T. Ashton Thompson Democratic January 3, 1953 - July 1, 1965 83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
Died
Vacant July 1, 1965 - October 2, 1965
Edwin Edwards.jpg Edwin Edwards Democratic October 2, 1965 - May 9, 1972 89th
90th
91st
92nd
Resigned after being elected governor
Vacant May 9, 1972 - September 30, 1972
John Breaux.jpg John Breaux Democratic September 30, 1972 - January 3, 1987 92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
JimmyHayes.jpg Jimmy Hayes Democratic January 3, 1987 - December 1, 1995 100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
Changed party
Republican December 1, 1995 - January 3, 1997 Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Chrisjohn.jpg Chris John Democratic January 3, 1997 - January 3, 2005 105th
106th
107th
108th
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Charles Boustany.jpg Charles Boustany Republican January 3, 2005 - January 3, 2013 109th
110th
111th
112th
Redistricted to the 3rd district
District eliminated January 3, 2013 following the 2010 census

Recent election results

2002

Louisiana's 7th Congressional District runoff election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chris John* 138,659 86.82
Libertarian Roberto Valletta 21,051 13.18
Total votes 159,710 100.00
Turnout
Democratic hold

2004

Louisiana's 7th congressional district general election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles Boustany 105,626 38.61
Democratic Willie L. Mount 69,040 25.24
Democratic Don Cravins, Sr. 67,207 24.57
Republican David Thibodaux 26,497 9.69
Democratic Malcolm Carriere 5,180 1.89
Total votes 273,550 100.00
Turnout
Republican gain from Democratic
Louisiana's 7th Congressional District runoff election (December 4, 2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles Boustany 75,039 54.96
Democratic Willie L. Mount 61,493 45.04
Total votes 136,532 100.00
Turnout
Republican gain from Democratic

2006

Louisiana's 7th congressional district election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles Boustany* 113,720 70.70
Democratic Mike Stagg 47,133 29.30
Total votes 160,853 100.00
Turnout
Republican hold

2008

Louisiana's 7th congressional district election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles Boustany* 177,173 61.88
Democratic Don Cravins, Jr. 98,280 34.33
Independent Peter Vidrine 10,846 3.79
Total votes 286,299 100.00
Turnout
Republican hold

2010

Louisiana's 7th congressional district election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles Boustany* 100.00
Total votes 100.00
Turnout
Republican hold

Living former Members

As of January 2017, there are five living former members. The most recent representative to die was Vance Plauché (served 1941-1943) on April 2, 1976. The most recently serving representative to die was T. Ashton Thompson (served 1953-1965), who died in office on July 1, 1965.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Edwin Edwards 1965-1972 (1927-08-07) August 7, 1927 (age 92)
John Breaux 1972-1987 (1944-03-01) March 1, 1944 (age 75)
Jimmy Hayes 1987-1997 (1946-12-21) December 21, 1946 (age 72)
Chris John 1997-2005 (1960-01-05) January 5, 1960 (age 59)
Charles Boustany 2005-2013 (1956-02-21) February 21, 1956 (age 63)

References

  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774-present

Coordinates: 30°12?53?N 93°12?31?W / 30.2147°N 93.2086°W / 30.2147; -93.2086


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