Washington's 5th congressional district

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Washington's 5th congressional district
WA CD 05-2013.pdf
  Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Population (2000)654,904
Median income$52,214[1]
Cook PVIR+8[2]

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 2005, the 5th District has been represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican. Rodgers's predecessor, George Nethercutt, defeated 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 George W. Bush carried the district with 57% in 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

Recent results from statewide races[edit]

Year Office Won District Lost District Winning Margin
1992 President Clinton 40% Bush 36% 4%
1996 President Clinton 44% Dole 43% 1%
2008 President McCain 52% Obama 46% 6%
2012 President Romney 54% Obama 44% 10%
2016 President Trump 52% Clinton 39% 13%

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years District Home Electoral history
District created March 4, 1915
Clarence Cleveland Dill.jpg Clarence C. Dill Democratic March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1919
Spokane Lost re-election.
J. Stanley Webster (Washington state Congressman and Judge).jpg J. Stanley Webster Republican March 4, 1919 –
May 8, 1923
Spokane Resigned to become judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.
Vacant May 8, 1923 –
September 25, 1923
Samuel Billingsley Hill (Washington state Congressman and judge).jpg Samuel B. Hill Democratic September 25, 1923 –
June 25, 1936
Waterville[3] Resigned to become member of the U.S. Board of Tax Appeals.
Vacant June 25, 1936 –
January 3, 1937
CharlesHLeavy.jpg Charles H. Leavy Democratic January 3, 1937 –
August 1, 1942
Veradale[4] Resigned to become judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Vacant August 1, 1942 –
January 3, 1943
WaltHoran.jpg Walt Horan Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1965
Wenatchee Lost re-election.
Tom foley.jpg Tom Foley Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1995
Spokane Lost re-election.
Georgenethercutt.jpg George R. Nethercutt Jr. Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 2005
Spokane Retired to run for U.S. Senator
Cathy McMorris Rodgers official photo.jpg Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican January 3, 2005 –
Spokane First elected in 2004.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=53&cd=05
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ "Hill elected to Congress". Spokane Daily Chronicle. September 26, 1923. p. 1.
  4. ^ Reilly, W. Newland (July 19, 1943). "Leavy returns to preside over federal court". Spokane Daily Chronicle. p. 3.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Texas's 12th congressional district
Home district of the Speaker of the House
June 6, 1989 – January 3, 1995
Succeeded by
Georgia's 6th congressional district

Coordinates: 48°N 118°W / 48°N 118°W / 48; -118