Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district

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Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district
District 5.png
Boundaries beginning January 3, 2019; below statistics, except PVI, apply to old boundaries
Current Representative Glenn Thompson (RHoward)
Distribution
  • 50.74[1]% urban
  • 49.26% rural
Population (2000) 646,397
Median income 33,254
Ethnicity
Cook PVI D+13[2]
The 5th congressional district's boundaries from January 3, 2013 to January 2019

Pennsylvania's fifth district is the largest in area, and least densely populated, of all of Pennsylvania's congressional districts. It is Republican-leaning and represented by Glenn Thompson (R). The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania redrew this district in February 2018 after ruling the previous map unconstitutional, assigning its number to a district encompassing all of Delaware County and a sliver of southern Philadelphia for the 2018 elections and representation thereafter–essentially, a successor to the old seventh district. Most of Thompson's territory will become a new, heavily Republican 15th District.[3]

Geography[edit]

Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district is located in north central Pennsylvania and includes all or part of the following sixteen counties:[4]

Cities in this district include:

Characteristics[edit]

The district is mostly rural except for several small cities. The district has trended more and more Republican since the 1990s. The population is predominantly white and has a large and growing Amish population. Outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping and hiking are very popular with many of the districts residents.

Economy[edit]

The district relies heavily on manufacturing especially the Powdered Metals and Plastics Industries. The Energy Industry including Coal Mining and Natural Gas Fracking is also a very important segment of the economy. Warren, Venango and Bradford Counties are all home to oil refineries and are the location of many operating oil wells. The district includes several universities such as Clarion University and Pennsylvania State University and Education and Healthcare employ many of the district's residents.

Representatives[edit]

1791–1793: One seat[edit]

District created in 1791 from Pennsylvania's At-large congressional district

Representative Party Years Electoral history
No image.svg John W. Kittera Pro-Administration March 4, 1791 –
March 3, 1793
Redistricted to At-large district

District redistricted in 1793 to Pennsylvania's At-large congressional district

1795–1813: One seat[edit]

District created in 1795 from Pennsylvania's At-large congressional district

Representative Party Years Electoral history
No image.svg Daniel Hiester Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1795 –
July 1, 1797
Redistricted from At-large district
Resigned
Vacant July 1, 1796 –
December 8, 1796
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg George Ege Federalist December 8, 1796 –
October ??, 1797
Resigned
Vacant October ??, 1797 –
December 1, 1797
[Data unknown/missing.]
Joseph Hiester.jpg Joseph Hiester Democratic-
Republican
December 1, 1797 –
March 3, 1803
[Data unknown/missing.]
AndrewGregg.jpg Andrew Gregg Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1807
Redistricted from 9th district
No image.svg Daniel Montgomery, Jr. Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1807 –
March 3, 1809
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg George Smith Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1809 –
March 3, 1813
[Data unknown/missing.]

1813–1823: Two seats[edit]

Seat 1[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
No image.svg William Crawford Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1813 –
March 3, 1817
Redistricted from 6th district
No image.svg Andrew Boden Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1821
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant March 4, 1821 –
October 9, 1821
Vacant due to resignation of Representative-elect James Duncan before assembly of Congress
No image.svg John Findlay Democratic-
Republican
October 9, 1821 –
March 3, 1823
Redistricted to 11th district

Seat 2[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
No image.svg Robert Whitehill Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1813 –
April 8, 1813
Redistricted from 4th district
Died
Vacant April 8, 1813 –
May 11, 1813
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg John Rea Democratic-
Republican
May 11, 1813 –
March 3, 1815
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg William Maclay Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1815 –
March 3, 1819
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg David Fullerton Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1819 –
May 15, 1820
Resigned
Vacant May 15, 1820 –
October 17, 1820
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg Thomas Grubb McCullough Federalist October 17, 1820 –
March 3, 1821
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg James McSherry Federalist March 4, 1821 –
March 3, 1823
[Data unknown/missing.]

1823–Present: One seat[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
No image.svg Philip Swenk Markley Jacksonian
Republican
March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
Adams March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1827
Lost re-election in 1826
No image.svg John Benton Sterigere Jacksonian March 4, 1827 –
March 3, 1869
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg Joel Keith Mann Jacksonian March 4, 1831 –
March 3, 1835
[Data unknown/missing.]
Jacob Fry, Jr. Jacksonian March 4, 1835 –
March 3, 1837
Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
Retired
No image.svg Joseph Fornance Democratic March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1843
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg Jacob Senewell Yost Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1847
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg John Freedley Whig March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1851
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg John McNair Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1855
[Data unknown/missing.]
John-Cadwalader.jpg John Cadwalader Democratic March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
[Data unknown/missing.]
Owen Jones (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg Owen Jones Democratic March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
Lost re-election
No image.svg John Wood Republican March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1861
Retired
No image.svg William M. Davis Republican March 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1863
[Data unknown/missing.]
MartinRussellThayer headshot.jpg Martin Russell Thayer Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1867
Declined to be a candidate for renomination
Caleb Newbold Taylor (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg Caleb Newbold Taylor Republican March 4, 1867 –
March 3, 1869
[Data unknown/missing.]
JohnRobertsReading.jpg John Roberts Reading Democratic March 4, 1869 –
April 13, 1870
Election successfully contested by Caleb N. Taylor
Caleb Newbold Taylor (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg Caleb Newbold Taylor Republican April 13, 1870 –
March 3, 1871
[Data unknown/missing.]
Alfred C. Harmer - Brady-Handy.jpg Alfred C. Harmer Republican March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1875
Lost re-election
John Robbins congressman - Brady-Handy.jpg John Robbins Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
Declined to be a candidate for re-election
Alfred C. Harmer - Brady-Handy.jpg Alfred C. Harmer Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 6, 1900
Died
Vacant March 6, 1900 –
November 6, 1900
[Data unknown/missing.]
Edward Morrell (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg Edward de Veaux Morrell Republican November 6, 1900 –
March 3, 1907
Retired
William W. Foulkrod (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg William Walker Foulkrod Republican March 4, 1907 –
November 13, 1910
Died
Vacant November 13, 1910 –
March 3, 1911
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg Michael Donohoe Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 4, 1915
Lost re-election
Peter E. Costello, Pennsylvania Congressman.jpg Peter E. Costello Republican March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1921
Lost re-election
JamesJConnolly.jpg James J. Connolly Republican March 4, 1921 –
January 3, 1935
Lost re-election
FrankJosephGerardDorsey.jpg Frank J. G. Dorsey Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1939
Lost re-election
No image.svg Fred C. Gartner Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1941
Lost re-election
No image.svg Francis R. Smith Democratic January 3, 1941 –
January 3, 1943
Lost re-election
No image.svg C. Frederick Pracht Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1945
Lost re-election
William J. Green, Jr. (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg William J. Green Jr. Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
Lost re-election
No image.svg George W. Sarbacher Jr. Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1949
Lost re-election
William J. Green, Jr. (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg William J. Green Jr. Democratic January 3, 1949 –
December 21, 1963
Died
Vacant December 21, 1963 –
April 28, 1964
[Data unknown/missing.]
William J. Green.jpg William J. Green III Democratic April 28, 1964 –
January 3, 1973
Redistricted to 3rd district
John H. Ware III.jpg John H. Ware III Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1975
Redistricted from 9th district
Retired
Richard Shulze.png Richard T. Schulze Republican January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1993
Retired
BillClinger.jpg William F. Clinger Jr. Republican January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1997
Redistricted from 23rd district
Retired
RepJohnEPetersonPortrait.jpg John E. Peterson Republican January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2009
Retired
Glennthompson.jpg Glenn Thompson Republican January 3, 2009 –
Present
Incumbent

Elections[edit]

U.S. House election, 2000: Pennsylvania District 5[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John E. Peterson 147,570 82.7
Libertarian Thomas A. Martin 17,020 9.5
Green William M. Belitskus 13,875 7.8
Total votes 178,465 100
Republican hold
U.S. House election, 2002: Pennsylvania District 5[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John E. Peterson 124,942 87.4
Libertarian Thomas A. Martin 18,078 12.6
Total votes 143,020 100
Republican hold
U.S. House election, 2004: Pennsylvania District 5[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John E. Peterson 192,852 88.0
Libertarian Thomas A. Martin 26,239 12.0
Total votes 219,091 100
Republican hold
U.S. House elections, 2006: Pennsylvania District 5[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John E. Peterson 115,126 60.1
Democratic Donald L. Hilliard 76,456 39.9
Total votes 191,582 100
Republican hold
U.S. House election, 2008: Pennsylvania District 5[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Glenn Thompson 155,513 56.7
Democratic Mark B. McCracken 112,509 41.0
Libertarian James Fryman 6,155 2.2
Total votes 274,177 99.9
Republican hold
U.S. House election, 2010: Pennsylvania District 5[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Glenn Thompson 125,740 68.6
Democratic Michael Pipe 51,848 28.3
Libertarian Vernon L. Etzel 5,654 3.1
Total votes 182,972 100
Republican hold
U.S. House election, 2012: Pennsylvania District 5[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Glenn Thompson 177,704 62.9
Democratic Charles Dumas 104,710 37.1
Total votes 282,414 100
Republican hold

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2005 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geography, US Census Bureau. "Congressional Districts Relationship Files (state-based)". www.census.gov. 
  2. ^ "New Pennsylvania Map Is a Major Boost for Democrats". The Cook Political Report. February 20, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  3. ^ Cohn, Nate; Bloch, Matthew; Quealy, Kevin (February 19, 2018). "The New Pennsylvania House Districts Are In. We Review the Mapmakers' Choices". The Upshot. The New York Times. Retrieved February 20, 2018. 
  4. ^ Running for Office. Dos.state.pa.us. Retrieved on 2013-08-17.
  5. ^ "2000 General Election". Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. November 7, 2000. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ "2002 General Election". Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. November 5, 2002. Archived from the original on October 30, 2008. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  7. ^ "2004 General Election". Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. November 2, 2004. Archived from the original on May 22, 2008. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ "2006 General Election". Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. November 7, 2006. Archived from the original on November 27, 2008. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  9. ^ "2008 General Election". Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. November 4, 2008. Archived from the original on December 8, 2008. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ "2010 General Election". Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. November 2, 2010. Archived from the original on November 6, 2010. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  11. ^ "2012 General Election". Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. November 6, 2012. Archived from the original on November 16, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°23′14″N 78°34′14″W / 41.38722°N 78.57056°W / 41.38722; -78.57056