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Kentucky's 5th congressional district

Kentucky's 5th congressional district
Kentucky's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Kentucky's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Hal Rogers (RSomerset)
Distribution 21.33% urban, 78.67% rural
Population (2000) 673,670
Median income $21,915
Ethnicity 95.8% White, 1.1% Black, 0.3% Asian, 0.7% Hispanic, 0.2% Native American, 0.0% other
Cook PVI R+16[1]

Kentucky's 5th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Kentucky. Located in the heart of Appalachia in Southeastern Kentucky, the rural district is one of the most impoverished districts in the nation and, as of the 2010 U.S. Census, it has the largest percentage of Whites/Caucasians in the nation. Located within the district are the economic leading cities of Pikeville, Prestonsburg,Middlesborough,Hazard, Jackson, Morehead, Ashland, London, Somerset.

The current 5th congressional district is one of the few ancestrally Republican regions south of the Ohio River. Much of the region now in the district strongly supported the Union in the Civil War, and identified with the Republicans after hostilities ceased. New parts of the district were formerly part of the disbanded 7th congressional district, which was in Democratic control. The 7th district was disbanded in 1992 after the 1990 census showed a drop in the district's population. The current 5th district absorbed the former 7th. Geographically, the district consists of flat land areas to the west, to Appalachia highland mountains to the east and southeast. To the north to northeast of the district are rolling hills that end at the Ohio River.

The district is currently represented by Republican Harold D. "Hal" Rogers, the dean of the Kentucky delegation. Congressman Rogers currently serves in various top leadership positions in the U.S. house of representatives.

The 5th Kentucky congressional district has various state park systems and the Daniel Boone national forest area. Regional tourism is bountiful with Lakes for fishing and/or swimming, mountains for horse trail ridding, hiking, or four wheel riding. And cultural tourism is colorful with its cultural music of bluegrass and various instruments that are made to play the music. Natural resources are timber and coal. The coal mining industry has been a prized industry for the district. The district has private and public colleges and universities. The district is home to an national weather service "NWS" center located in Jackson, Kentucky. The district also has one public television station in Hazard, Kentucky of call letters WYMT, a CBS affiliate station. With various radio stations throughout the district. There are regional hospitals in the region. Major highways in the 5th congressional district are interstate 75, The Hal Rogers Parkway, The Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway, state highway 80, state highway 15, U.S. highway 23, U.S. highway 421.

Characteristics

As of September 2013, there were 510,329 registered voters: 253,798 (49.73%) Democrats, 235,470 (46.14%) Republicans, and 21,061 (4.13%) "Others". All of the "Others" included 15,344 (3.01%) unclassified Others, 5,385 (1.06%) Independents, 241 (0.05%) Libertarians, 43 (0.0084%) Greens, 21 (0.0041%) Constitutionalists, 20 (0.0039%) Reforms, and 7 (0.0014%) Socialist Workers.[2][3]

Until January 1, 2006, Kentucky did not track party affiliation for registered voters who were neither Democratic nor Republican.[4] The Kentucky voter registration card does not explicitly list anything other than Democratic Party, Republican Party, or Other, with the "Other" option having a blank line and no instructions on how to register as something else.[5]


List of representatives

Representative Party Years District Residence Note
District created
March 4, 1803
John Fowler March 4, 1803 - March 3, 1807 Redistricted from the 2nd district
Benjamin Howard March 4, 1807 - April 10, 1810 Resigned to become Governor of Louisiana Territory
William T. Barry August 8, 1810 - March 3, 1811
Henry Clay March 4, 1811 - March 3, 1813 Speaker of the United States House of Representatives 1811-1813, Redistricted to the 2nd district
Samuel Hopkins March 4, 1813 - March 3, 1815
Alney McLean March 4, 1815 - March 3, 1817
Anthony New March 4, 1817 - March 3, 1819
Alney McLean March 4, 1819 - March 3, 1821
Anthony New March 4, 1821 - March 3, 1823
John T. Johnson March 4, 1823 - March 3, 1825 Redistricted from the 3rd district
James Johnson March 4, 1825 - August 13, 1826 Died
Robert L. McHatton December 7, 1826 - March 3, 1829
Richard M. Johnson March 4, 1829 - March 3, 1833 Redistricted to the 13th district
Robert P. Letcher August 6, 1834 - March 3, 1835 House declared new election after election was contested
James Harlan March 4, 1835 - March 3, 1837
March 4, 1837 - March 3, 1839
Simeon H. Anderson March 4, 1839 - August 11, 1840 Died
John B. Thompson December 7, 1840 - March 3, 1843
James W. Stone March 4, 1843 - March 3, 1845
Bryan Young March 4, 1845 - March 3, 1847
John B. Thompson March 4, 1847 - March 3, 1851
James W. Stone March 4, 1851 - March 3, 1853
Clement S. Hill March 4, 1853 - March 3, 1855
Joshua Jewett March 4, 1855 - March 3, 1859
John Y. Brown December 3, 1860 - March 3, 1861 Did not take seat until 2nd session because did not meet age requirement for office
Charles A. Wickliffe March 4, 1861 - March 3, 1863
Robert Mallory March 4, 1863 - March 3, 1865 Redistricted from the 7th district
Lovell Rousseau March 4, 1863 - July 21, 1866 Resigned
Lovell Rousseau December 3, 1866 - March 3, 1867 Re-elected to seat
Asa Grover March 4, 1867 - March 3, 1869
Boyd Winchester March 4, 1869 - March 3, 1873
Elisha Standiford March 4, 1873 - March 3, 1875
Edward Y. Parsons March 4, 1875 - July 8, 1876 Died
Henry Watterson August 12, 1876 - March 3, 1877
Albert S. Willis March 4, 1877 - March 3, 1887
Asher G. Caruth March 4, 1887 - March 3, 1895
Walter Evans March 4, 1895 - March 3, 1899
Oscar Turner March 4, 1899 - March 3, 1901
Harvey S. Irwin March 4, 1901 - March 3, 1903
J. Swagar Sherley March 4, 1903 - March 3, 1919
Charles F. Ogden March 4, 1919 - March 3, 1923
Maurice Thatcher March 4, 1923 - March 3, 1933
District redistricted to at-large district March 4, 1933
District re-established from at-large district January 3, 1935
Brent Spence January 3, 1935 - January 3, 1963 Redistricted from the At-large district
Eugene Siler January 3, 1963 - January 3, 1965 Redistricted from the 8th district
Tim Lee Carter January 3, 1965 - January 3, 1981
Hal Rogers January 3, 1981 – Present Incumbent

Recent Election Results

2002

Kentucky's 5th Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hal Rogers* 137,986 78.29%
Democratic Sidney Jane Bailey 38,254 21.71%
Totals 176,240 100.00%
Voter turnout %
Republican hold

2004

Kentucky's 5th Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hal Rogers* 177,579 100.00%
Totals 177,579 100.00%
Voter turnout %
Republican hold

2006

Kentucky's 5th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hal Rogers* 147,261 73.76%
Democratic Kenneth Stepp 52,384 26.24%
Totals 199,645 100.00%
Voter turnout %
Republican hold

2008

Kentucky's 5th Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hal Rogers* 177,024 84.11%
Independent Jim Holbert 33,444 15.89%
Totals 210,468 100.00%
Voter turnout %
Republican hold

2010

Kentucky's 5th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hal Rogers* 151,019 77.43%
Democratic Jim Holbert 44,034 22.58%
Totals 195,053 100.00%
Voter turnout %
Republican hold

2012

Kentucky's 5th Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hal Rogers* 195,408 77.90%
Democratic Kenneth S. Stepp 55,447 22.10%
Totals 250,855 100.00%
Voter turnout %
Republican hold

Historical district boundaries

2003 - 2013

See also

References

  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008". The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  2. ^ "Registration Statistics: By Congression District". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2013-09. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  3. ^ "Registration Statistics: Other Political Organizations and Groups". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2013-09. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  4. ^ "Kentucky Administrative Regulations 31KAR4:150". Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. 2005-11. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  5. ^ "Register To Vote". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2003-08. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  • 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


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