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.
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.
After it was abolished, most of the fifth district was absorbed by the state's fourth congressional district.
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.
|Republican||Randall "Randy" McDonnell||35,309||18.16|
List of representatives
|Representative||Took Office||Left Office||Party||Notes||Congress|
|District created March 4, 1855|
|John A. Quitman||March 4, 1855||July 17, 1858||Democratic||Died||34th - 35th|
|John Jones McRae||December 7, 1858||January 12, 1861||Democratic||Withdrew||35th - 36th|
|Civil War and Reconstruction||36th - 41st|
|Legrand Winfield Perce||February 23, 1870||March 3, 1873||Republican||41st - 42nd|
|George Colin McKee||March 4, 1873||March 3, 1875||Republican||Redistricted from the 4th district||43rd|
|Charles E. Hooker||March 4, 1875||March 3, 1883||Democratic||44th - 47th|
|Otho Robards Singleton||March 4, 1883||March 3, 1887||Democratic||Redistricted from the 4th district||48th - 49th|
|Chapman L. Anderson||March 4, 1887||March 3, 1891||Democratic||50th - 51st|
|Joseph Henry Beeman||March 4, 1891||March 3, 1893||Democratic||52nd|
|John Sharp Williams||March 4, 1893||March 3, 1903||Democratic||Redistricted to the 8th district||53rd - 57th|
|Adam M. Byrd||March 4, 1903||March 3, 1911||Democratic||58th - 61st|
|Samuel Andrew Witherspoon||March 4, 1911||November 24, 1915||Democratic||Died||62nd - 64th|
|William Webb Venable||January 4, 1916||March 3, 1921||Democratic||64th - 66th|
|Ross A. Collins||March 4, 1921||January 3, 1935||Democratic||67th - 73rd|
|Aubert C. Dunn||January 3, 1935||January 3, 1937||Democratic||74th|
|Ross A. Collins||January 3, 1937||January 3, 1943||Democratic||75th - 77th|
|W. Arthur Winstead||January 3, 1943||January 3, 1963||Democratic||Redistricted to the 4th district||78th - 87th|
|William M. Colmer||January 3, 1963||January 3, 1973||Democratic||Redistricted from the 6th district||88th - 92nd|
|Trent Lott||January 3, 1973||January 3, 1989||Republican||93rd - 100th|
|Larkin I. Smith||January 3, 1989||August 13, 1989||Republican||Died||101st|
|Gene Taylor||October 17, 1989||January 3, 2003||Democratic||Redistricted to the 4th district||101st - 107th|
|District inactive January 3, 2003 - Present|
- 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