Mississippi's 5th Congressional District
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Mississippi's 5th Congressional District

Mississippi's 5th congressional district existed from 1855 to 2003. The state was granted a fifth representative by Congress following the 1850 census.

From 1853 to 1855, the fifth representative was elected at-large instead of by district, favoring majority voters. The district was abolished by the state legislature following the 2000 census, when the state lost a seat.

Boundaries

Although the boundaries of the fifth congressional district were altered after every census, it covered the Gulf Coast region and most of the Pine Belt region in southeastern Mississippi from 1993 to 2003.

It included all of Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Lamar, Pearl River, Perry, and Stone counties as well as a portion of Wayne County.

After it was abolished, most of the fifth district was absorbed by the state's fourth congressional district.

2000 election

The district's last election took place on November 7, 2000. Incumbent Gene Taylor, who had represented the district since 1989, easily won re-election.

United States House election, 2000: Mississippi District 5
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Gene Taylor 153,264 78.84
Republican Randall "Randy" McDonnell 35,309 18.16
Libertarian Wayne Parker 3,002 1.54
Reform Katie Perrone 2,820 1.45
Turnout 194,395
Majority 117,955 60.68

List of members representing the district

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1855
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John A. Quitman
Democratic March 4, 1855 -
July 17, 1858
34th
35th
[data unknown/missing]
Died.
Vacant July 17, 1858 -
December 7, 1858
35th
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John Jones McRae
Democratic December 7, 1858 -
January 12, 1861
35th
36th
Elected to finish Quitman's term.
Withdrew.
Vacant January 12, 1861 -
February 23, 1870
36th
37th
38th
39th
40th
41st
Civil War and Reconstruction
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Legrand Winfield Perce
Republican February 23, 1870 -
March 3, 1873
41st
42nd
Elected in 1869 to finish the term and to the next term.
[data unknown/missing]
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George Colin McKee
Republican March 4, 1873 -
March 3, 1875
43rd Redistricted from the 4th district.
[data unknown/missing]
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Charles E. Hooker
Democratic March 4, 1875 -
March 3, 1883
44th
45th
46th
47th
[data unknown/missing]
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Otho Robards Singleton
Democratic March 4, 1883 -
March 3, 1887
48th
49th
Redistricted from the 4th district.
[data unknown/missing]
Chapman L. Anderson Democratic March 4, 1887 -
March 3, 1891
50th
51st
[data unknown/missing]
Joseph Henry Beeman Democratic March 4, 1891 -
March 3, 1893
52nd [data unknown/missing]
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John Sharp Williams
Democratic March 4, 1893 -
March 3, 1903
53rd
54th
55th
56th
57th
[data unknown/missing]
Redistricted to the 8th district.
Adam M. Byrd Democratic March 4, 1903 -
March 3, 1911
58th
59th
60th
61st
[data unknown/missing]
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Samuel Andrew Witherspoon
Democratic March 4, 1911 -
November 24, 1915
62nd
63rd
64th
[data unknown/missing]
Died.
Vacant November 24, 1915 -
January 4, 1916
64th
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William Webb Venable
Democratic January 4, 1916 -
March 3, 1921
64th
65th
66th
Elected to finish Witherspoon's term.
[data unknown/missing]
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Ross A. Collins
Democratic March 4, 1921 -
January 3, 1935
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
[data unknown/missing]
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Aubert C. Dunn
Democratic January 3, 1935 -
January 3, 1937
74th [data unknown/missing]
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Ross A. Collins
Democratic January 3, 1937 -
January 3, 1943
75th
76th
77th
[data unknown/missing]
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W. Arthur Winstead
Democratic January 3, 1943 -
January 3, 1963
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
[data unknown/missing]
Redistricted to the 4th district.
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William M. Colmer
Democratic January 3, 1963 -
January 3, 1973
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
Redistricted from the 6th district.
[data unknown/missing]
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Trent Lott
Republican January 3, 1973 -
January 3, 1989
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
[data unknown/missing]
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Larkin I. Smith
Republican January 3, 1989 -
August 13, 1989
101st [data unknown/missing]
Died.
Vacant August 13, 1989 -
October 17, 1989
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Gene Taylor
Democratic October 17, 1989 -
January 3, 2003
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
Elected to finish Smith's term.
Redistricted to the 4th district.
District eliminated January 3, 2003

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 United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774-present

Coordinates: 30°36?28?N 88°47?35?W / 30.607817°N 88.793113°W / 30.607817; -88.793113


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