|Oregon's 5th congressional district|
Oregon's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
|Area||5,362 sq mi (13,890 km2)|
Oregon's 5th congressional district represents Oregon's central coast through Salem, north to the southern Portland suburbs, and east to the summit of Mount Hood. It includes Lincoln, Marion and Polk Counties, most of Clackamas and Tillamook Counties, plus parts of Benton and Multnomah Counties.
The district is currently represented by Democrat Kurt Schrader, who was elected in 2008 to replace the retiring Darlene Hooley. This marked the first time in the district's history that a new representative had the same party affiliation as the outgoing representative.
The district was created in 1982 when Oregon was granted a new congressional district as a result of reapportionment from the 1980 census. Denny Smith, who had represented Oregon's 2nd congressional district in the previous Congress, was re-elected in the 5th district in 1982.
In 2002, the district shrank slightly in area due to redistricting. About half of the portion of the district that had been in Benton County, Oregon was moved into the 4th district and portions of west-central Clackamas County were moved into the 3rd district. At the same time, small portions of northern Clackamas and southern Multnomah County that had previously been part of the 1st district were moved into the 5th district.
The district is one of the few in the country that is not safe for either party on paper. Since the 1990s, congressional races here have usually been very competitive.
|District Home||Electoral history|
|District created||January 3, 1983|
|Republican||January 3, 1983 -
January 3, 1991
|Salem||Redistricted from the 2nd district.|
|Democratic||January 3, 1991 -
January 3, 1995
|Republican||January 3, 1995 -
January 3, 1997
|104th||Gleneden Beach||[data unknown/missing]|
|Democratic||January 3, 1997 -
January 3, 2009
|West Linn||[data unknown/missing]|
|Democratic||January 3, 2009 -
|Election results from presidential races|
|2012||President||Obama 51 - 47%|
|2016||President||Clinton 48 - 44%|
Sources (official results only):
|Libertarian||Lawrence Knight Duquesne||5,191||1.91|
|Pacific Green||Michael Donnelly||3,637||1.59|
|Natural Law||Jim Burns||2,971||1.30|
|Constitution||Joseph H. Bitz||2,971||0.84|
|Pacific Green||Paul Aranas||4,194||1.54|
|Pacific Green||Alex Polikoff||4,955||1.55|
|Pacific Green||Chris Lugo||7,557||2.67|
|Pacific Green||Christina Lugo||7,516||2.29|
|Libertarian||Daniel K. Souza||5,198||1.8|
|Pacific Green||Marvin Sandnes||12,542||3.3|
|Pacific Green||Marvin Sandnes||4,802||1.3|
In the 2002 redistricting, the district gained its current portion of Multnomah County from the 3rd district, but also lost a significant portion of northern Clackamas County to the 3rd district.