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Washington's 5th congressional district


Washington's 5th congressional district

Washington's 5th congressional district encompasses the Eastern Washington counties of Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane, Whitman, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin. It is centered on Spokane, the state's second largest city.

Since Tom Foley, then Speaker of the House, in the 1994 elections; Foley had held the seat since 1965.

In presidential elections, the 5th District was once fairly competitive, but in recent years has generally been a safe bet for the Republicans. Although 2000 and 2004, John McCain just narrowly won the district with 52% of the vote, while Barack Obama received 46% in 2008. In 2012, President Obama's share of the vote dropped to 44%.

The first election in the 5th District was in 1914, won by Democrat Clarence Dill. Following the 1910 census, Washington gained two seats in the U.S. House, from three to five, but did not reapportion for the 1912 election. The two new seats were elected as statewide at-large, with each voter casting ballots for three congressional seats, their district and two at-large. After that election, the state was reapportioned to five districts for the 1914 election. The state's 6th District was added after the 1930 census and first contested in the 1932 election.

The district from 2003 to 2013


  • Voting 1
  • List of representatives 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
1996 President Clinton 44 - 43%
1992 President Clinton 40 - 36%

In the 2012 Presidential election Republican candidate Mitt Romney won every county in the district, and also in this district was Romneys strongest showing county wise. Garfield County gave Romney 71.44% of the vote.

List of representatives

Representative Party Years District Home Notes
District created March 4, 1915
Clarence C. Dill Democratic March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1919 Spokane Lost re-election attempt in 1918, elected to the U.S. Senate in 1922 and 1928
J. Stanley Webster Republican March 4, 1919 – May 8, 1923 Spokane Resigned after being appointed judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
Vacant May 8, 1923 – September 25, 1923
Samuel B. Hill Democratic September 25, 1923 – June 25, 1936 Waterville[1] Resigned after becoming member of the U.S. Board of Tax Appeals
Vacant June 25, 1936 – January 3, 1937
Charles H. Leavy Democratic January 3, 1937 – August 1, 1942 Veradale[2] Resigned after being appointed judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
Vacant August 1, 1942 – January 3, 1943
Walt Horan Republican January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1965 Wenatchee Lost re-election attempt in 1964
Tom Foley Democratic January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1995 Spokane Lost re-election attempt in 1994, Speaker of the House from 1989 to 1995
George R. Nethercutt Jr. Republican January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2005 Spokane Lost U.S. Senate election in 2004
Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican January 3, 2005 – present Spokane Incumbent

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present

External links

  • Washington State Redistricting Commission
  • Find your new congressional district: a searchable map, Seattle Times, January 13, 2012
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Home district of the Speaker of the House
June 6, 1989 – January 3, 1995
Succeeded by

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