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Massachusetts's 5th Congressional District

Massachusetts's 5th congressional district
Massachusetts US Congressional District 5 (since 2013).tif
Massachusetts's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
Median income$98,775[1]
Cook PVID+18[2]

Massachusetts's 5th congressional district is a congressional district in eastern Massachusetts. The district is represented by Katherine Clark. Massachusetts congressional redistricting after the 2010 census has changed the borders of the district starting with the elections of 2012, with the new 3rd district largely taking the place of the old 5th.[3] The 5th district covers many of the communities represented in the old 7th district. As of 2010, the population of the 5th congressional district was 727,515. On July 15, 2013, Ed Markey resigned from the seat to become the junior Senator from Massachusetts. On December 10, 2013, Democrat Katherine Clark won a special election to fill the seat for the remainder of the 113th Congress.[4] She was sworn into office on December 12, 2013.

Demographics

The district has been in Democratic hands without interruption since 1975. Before Paul Tsongas' victory that year, it had only elected three Democrats in its entire existence and had been in Republican hands since 1895.

It was one of the more moderate districts in heavily Democratic Massachusetts before redistricting in 2013. In state races, it supported Republican candidates for Governor William Weld, Paul Celluci, and Mitt Romney. In the 2007 special election to replace Marty Meehan, Republican candidate Jim Ogonowski ran an unexpectedly strong race, ultimately losing 51-45%.

Election results from presidential races

Year Office Result
2000 President Gore 57 - 36%
2004 President Kerry 57 - 41%
2008 President Obama 66.2 - 32%
2012 President Obama 65.2 - 33%
2016 President Clinton 69.3 - 25.7%

Cities and towns in the district

Cities and towns in the district since 2013

Map of the 5th congressional district (in purple), from 2013 to 2023
Map of Cambridge, noting Wards, Precincts and congressional districts, including the 5th district (in green) and the 7th district (in orange), starting in 2013.[5]

In Middlesex County:

Arlington, Ashland, Belmont, Cambridge: Ward 3 Precinct 2A, Ward 4 Precincts 2 and 3, Wards 6, 7, 8, and 9, Ward 10 Precincts 1 and 2, Framingham, Holliston, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Natick, Sherborn, Stoneham, Sudbury: Precincts 1A, 2, 3, 4, and 5, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Weston, Winchester and Woburn.

In Suffolk County:

Revere, and Winthrop.

In Worcester County:

Southborough.

Cities and towns in the district prior to 2013

1840s

"The towns of Ashburnham, Auburn, Barre, Brookfield, Charlton, Dana, Douglas, Dudley, Gardner, Grafton, Hardwick, Holden, Hubbardston, Leicester, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northbridge, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Rutland, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Sutton, Templeton, Upton, Uxbridge, Warren, Webster, West Boylston, Westminster, Winchendon, and Worcester, in the County of Worcester."[6]

1850s

"The wards numbered one, two, three, four, five, and six, in the city of Boston, and the towns of Chelsea and North Chelsea, and Winthrop, in the county of Suffolk; and the city of Cambridge, in the county of Middlesex."[7]

1870s

"Arlington, Belmont, Wards, 3, 4, and 5, Boston, Burlington, Everett, Lexington, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Nahant, Saugus, Somerville, Stoneham, Swampscott, Wakefield, Waltham, Winchester, and Woburn."[8]

1880s-1900s

1910s-1920s

"Essex County: Towns of Andover and Methuen. Middlesex County: Cities of Lowell and Woburn; towns of Acton, Ayer, Bedford, Billerica, Boxboro, Burlington, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Hudson, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Pepperell, Reading, Shirley, Stow, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, Westford, and Wilmington. Worcester County: Towns of Berlin, Bolton, Harvard, and Northboro."[9][10]

1930s-1960s

1970s

"Essex County: City of Lawrence. Towns of Andover and Methuen. Middlesex County: City of Lowell. Towns of Acton, Ashby, Bedford, Billerica, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Lexington, Littleton, North Reading, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Westford, and Wilmington."[11]

2003-2013

The district from 2003 to 2013

In Essex County:

Andover, Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen.

In Middlesex County:

Acton, Ayer, Billerica, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Hudson, Littleton, Lowell, Maynard, Shirley, Stow, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Wayland (Precincts 1, 3, and 4), Westford.

In Worcester County:

Berlin, Bolton, Harvard, Lancaster.

Recent election results

1990 election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Chester G. Atkins 110,232 49.85
Republican John MacGovern 101,017 45.68
Other 9,891 4.47
Turnout 221,140
Democratic hold Swing
1992 election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Marty Meehan 133,844 52.17 +2.32
Republican Paul W. Cronin 96,206 37.50 -8.18
Independent Mary Farinelli 19,077 7.44 +7.44
Independent David E. Coleman 7,214 2.81 +2.81
Write-in 223 0.09 -4.38
Turnout 256,564
Democratic hold Swing +2.32
1994 election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Marty Meehan 140,725 69.83 +17.66
Republican David E. Coleman 60,734 30.14 -7.36
Write-in 65 0.03 -0.06
Turnout 201,524
Democratic hold Swing +17.66
1996 election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Marty Meehan 183,429 99.08 +29.25
Republican Unopposed -30.14
Write-in 1,708 0.92 +0.89
Turnout 185,137
Democratic hold Swing +29.25
1998 election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Marty Meehan 127,418 70.70 -28.38
Republican David E. Coleman 52,725 29.25 +29.25
Write-in 87 0.05 -0.87
Turnout 180,230
Democratic hold Swing -28.38
2000 election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Marty Meehan 199,601 98.02 +27.32
Republican Unopposed -29.25
Write-in 4,040 1.98 +1.93
Turnout 203,641
Democratic hold Swing +27.32
2002 election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Marty Meehan 122,562 60.15 -37.87
Republican Charles McCarthy 69,337 34.03 +34.03
Libertarian Ilana Freedman 11,729 5.76 +5.76
Write-in 149 0.07 -1.91
Turnout 203,777
Democratic hold Swing -37.87
2004 election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Marty Meehan 179,652 66.99 +6.84
Republican Thomas Tierney 88,232 32.90 -1.13
Write-in 305 0.11 +0.04
Turnout 268,189
Democratic hold Swing +6.84
2006 election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Marty Meehan 159,120 98.98 +31.99
Republican Unopposed -32.90
Write-in 3,152 1.02 +0.91
Turnout 216,832
Democratic hold Swing +31.99
2007 Special election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Niki Tsongas 54,363 51.32 -47.66
Republican Jim Ogonowski 47,770 45.10 +45.10
Independent Patrick Murphy 2,170 2.05 +2.05
Independent Kurt Hayes 1,125 1.06 +1.06
Constitution Kevin Thompson 494 0.47 +0.47
Turnout 105,922
Democratic hold Swing -47.66
2008 election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Niki Tsongas 225,947 98.71 +37.39
Republican Unopposed -45.10
All Others 2,960 1.29 -2.29
Turnout 302,397
Democratic hold Swing +37.39
2010 election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Niki Tsongas 122,858 54.84 -43.87
Republican Jonathan A. Golnik 94,646 42.25 +42.25
Independent Dale E. Brown 4,387 1.96 +1.96
Independent Robert M. Clark 1,991 0.89 +0.89
All Others 147 0.07 -1.22
Turnout 229,647
Democratic hold Swing -43.87

List of members representing the district

Member Party Years ? Cong
ress
District home Electoral history District location
George Partridge.jpg
George Partridge
Pro-Administration March 4, 1789 -
August 14, 1790
1st Duxbury Elected in 1788.
Resigned.
1789-1795
Barnstable County and Plymouth County
Vacant August 15, 1790 -
March 3, 1791
Shearjashub Bourne Pro-Administration March 4, 1791 -
March 3, 1793
2nd Boston Elected in 1790.
Redistricted to the 3rd district.
District eliminated March 4, 1793 -
March 3, 1795
Nathaniel Freeman Jr. Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 -
March 3, 1799
4th
5th
Sandwich Elected in 1794.
Re-elected in 1796.
Retired.
1795-1803
"1st Southern district"
Lemuel Williams Federalist March 4, 1799 -
March 3, 1803
6th
7th
New Bedford Elected in 1799.
Re-elected in 1800.
Redistricted to the 8th district.
Thomas Dwight Federalist March 4, 1803 -
March 3, 1805
8th Springfield Elected in 1802.
Retired.
1803-1823
"Hampshire South district"
William Ely Federalist March 4, 1805 -
March 3, 1815
9th
10th
11th
12th
13th
Springfield Elected in 1804.
Re-elected in 1806.
Re-elected in 1808.
Re-elected in 1810.
Re-elected in 1812.
Retired.
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Elijah H. Mills
Federalist March 4, 1815 -
March 3, 1819
14th
15th
Northampton Elected in 1814.
Re-elected in 1816.
Lost re-election.
Samuel Lathrop Federalist March 4, 1819 -
March 3, 1823
16th
17th
West Springfield Elected in 1819. on the second ballot]].
Re-elected in 1820.
Redistricted to the 8th district.
Jonas Sibley Adams-Clay Democratic-Republican March 4, 1823 -
March 3, 1825
18th Sutton Elected in 1823. on the second ballot]].
Lost re-election.
1823-1833
"Worcester South district"
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John Davis
Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1825 -
January 14, 1834
19th
20th
21st
22nd
23rd
Worcester Elected in 1825.
Resigned to become Governor of Massachusetts.
1833-1843
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant January 15, 1834 -
February 16, 1834
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Levi Lincoln Jr.
Anti-Jacksonian February 17, 1834 -
March 3, 1837
23rd
24th
25th
26th
Worcester Elected to finish Davis's term.
Resigned to become Collector of the Port of Boston.
Whig March 4, 1837 -
March 16, 1841
Vacant March 17, 1841 -
May 2, 1841
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Charles Hudson
Whig May 3, 1841 -
March 3, 1843
27th
28th
29th
30th
Westminster [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
March 4, 1843 -
May 2, 1849
1843-1853
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Charles Allen
Free Soil March 4, 1849 -
March 3, 1853
31st
32nd
Worcester [Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 9th district.
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William Appleton
Whig March 4, 1853 -
March 3, 1855
33rd Boston Redistricted from the 1st district and re-elected in 1852.
Lost re-election.
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Anson Burlingame
American March 4, 1855 -
March 3, 1857
34th
35th
36th
Boston [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
Republican March 4, 1857 -
March 3, 1861
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William Appleton
Constitutional Unionist March 4, 1861 -
September 27, 1861
37th Boston [Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned because of failing health.
Vacant September 28, 1861 -
December 1, 1861
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Samuel Hooper[12]
Republican December 2, 1861 -
March 3, 1863
37th Boston Elected to finish Davis's term.
Redistricted to the 4th district.
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John B. Alley
Republican March 4, 1863 -
March 3, 1867
38th
39th
Lynn Redistricted from the 6th district and re-elected in 1862.
[Data unknown/missing.]
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Benjamin F. Butler[13]
Republican March 4, 1867 -
March 3, 1873
40th
41st
42nd
Lowell [Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 6th district.
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Daniel W. Gooch
Republican March 4, 1873 -
March 3, 1875
43rd Melrose [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Nathaniel P. Banks[14]
Independent March 4, 1875 -
March 3, 1877
44th
45th
Waltham Elected in 1874.
Lost renomination.
Republican March 4, 1877 -
March 3, 1879
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Selwyn Z. Bowman[15]
Republican March 4, 1879 -
March 3, 1883

46th
47th

Somerville [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
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Leopold Morse
Democratic March 4, 1883 -
March 3, 1885
48th Boston Redistricted from the 4th district and re-elected in 1882.
Retired.
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Edward D. Hayden
Republican March 4, 1885 -
March 3, 1889
49th
50th
Woburn [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
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Nathaniel P. Banks
Republican March 4, 1889 -
March 3, 1891
51st Waltham Elected in 1888.
Retired.
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Sherman Hoar
Democratic March 4, 1891 -
March 3, 1893
52nd Concord [Data unknown/missing.]
Declined renomination.
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Moses T. Stevens
Democratic March 4, 1893 -
March 3, 1895
53rd North Andover Redistricted from the 8th district and re-elected in 1892.
[Data unknown/missing.]
[Data unknown/missing.]
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William S. Knox[16]
Republican March 4, 1895 -
March 3, 1903
54th
55th
56th
57th
Lawrence [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
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Butler Ames[17]
Republican March 4, 1903 -
March 3, 1913
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
Lowell [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired.
[Data unknown/missing.]
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John Jacob Rogers
Republican March 4, 1913 -
March 3, 1923
63rd
64th
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
Lowell [Data unknown/missing.]
Died.
[Data unknown/missing.]
March 4, 1923 -
March 28, 1925
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant March 28, 1925 -
June 30, 1925
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Edith Nourse Rogers[18]
Republican June 30, 1925 -
March 3, 1933
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
74th
75th
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
Lowell Elected to finish her husband's term.
Died.
March 4, 1933 -
March 3, 1943
[Data unknown/missing.]
March 4, 1943 -
March 3, 1953
[Data unknown/missing.]
March 4, 1953 -
September 10, 1960
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant September 10, 1960 -
January 3, 1961
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F. Bradford Morse[19]
Republican January 3, 1961 -
January 3, 1963
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
Lowell [Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned to become U.N. Under Secretary General for Political and General Assembly Affairs.
January 3, 1963 -
May 1, 1972
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant May 1, 1972 -
January 3, 1973
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Paul W. Cronin
Republican January 3, 1973 -
January 3, 1975
93rd Andover [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost re-election.
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Paul Tsongas
Democratic January 3, 1975 -
January 3, 1979
94th
95th
Lowell [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
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James Shannon
Democratic January 3, 1979 -
January 3, 1983
96th
97th
98th
Lawrence [Data unknown/missing.]
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
January 3, 1983 -
January 3, 1985
[Data unknown/missing.]
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Chester G. Atkins[20]
Democratic January 3, 1985 -
January 3, 1993
99th
100th
101st
102nd
Concord [Data unknown/missing.]
Lost renomination.
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Marty Meehan
Democratic January 3, 1993 -
January 3, 2003
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
Lowell [Data unknown/missing.]
Resigned to become Chancellor of University of Massachusetts Lowell.
[Data unknown/missing.]
January 3, 2003 -
July 1, 2007
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant July 1, 2007 -
October 16, 2007
110th
111th
112th
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Niki Tsongas
Democratic October 16, 2007 -
January 3, 2013
Lowell Elected to finish Meehan's term.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Redistricted to the 3rd district.
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Ed Markey
Democratic January 3, 2013 -
July 15, 2013
113th Malden Redistricted from the 7th district and re-elected in 2012.
Resigned when elected U.S. Senator.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant July 15, 2013 -
December 10, 2013
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Katherine Clark
Democratic December 10, 2013 -
Present
113th
114th
115th
116th
Melrose Elected to finish Markey's term.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.
Member Party Years ? Cong
ress
District home Electoral history District location

Living former Members of the House

As of January 2019, there are five living former members of the House. The most recent representative to die was Paul W. Cronin (served 1973-1975) on April 5, 1997. The most recently serving representative to die was Paul Tsongas (served 1975-1979) on January 18, 1997.

U.S. Representative Years in office Date of birth (and age)
James Shannon 1979-1985 (1952-04-04) April 4, 1952 (age 67)
Chester G. Atkins 1985-1993 (1948-04-14) April 14, 1948 (age 71)
Marty Meehan 1993-2007 (1956-12-30) December 30, 1956 (age 62)
Niki Tsongas 2007-2013 (1946-04-26) April 26, 1946 (age 73)
Ed Markey 2013 (1946-07-11) July 11, 1946 (age 73)

References

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  16. ^ L.A. Coolidge (1897). "Massachusetts". Official Congressional Directory: Fifty-Fifth Congress. Washington DC: Government Printing Office.
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  20. ^ "Massachusetts". 1991-1992 Official Congressional Directory: 102nd Congress. Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1991.

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Coordinates: 42°21?19?N 71°17?54?W / 42.35528°N 71.29833°W / 42.35528; -71.29833


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