Louisiana's 6th congressional district

Louisiana's 6th congressional district
Louisiana US Congressional District 6 (since 2013).tif
Louisiana's 6th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  Garret Graves
RBaton Rouge
Distribution
  • 78.12[1]% urban
  • 21.88% rural
Population (2016)798,676[2]
Median income$62,374[3]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+19[4]

Louisiana's 6th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Located in south-central Louisiana, the district contains most of the state capital of Baton Rouge, the bulk of Baton Rouge's suburbs, and continues south to Houma. It also includes the western shores of Lake Pontchartrain.

The district is currently represented by Republican Garret Graves.

History[edit]

Since the 6th Congressional District's creation, its boundaries have migrated from a position astraddle the Mississippi River to completely east of the Mississippi River and more recently astraddle the river again.

For decades prior to 1974, the district was virtually coterminous with the Florida Parishes centered on Hammond. In 1974, the 6th Congressional District shed St. Tammany Parish to the 1st Congressional District, and since then several redistrictings have incrementally moved the 6th Congressional District's boundaries westward so that it has shed both Washington and Tangipahoa parishes (including Hammond, home of James H. Morrison, who represented the district for 24 years, the longest tenure of anyone ever to represent the district). Washington and Tangipahoa parishes switched, like St. Tammany Parish, to the strongly Republican 1st Congressional District.

For most of its existence, the district's lines generally followed parish lines. In the 1990s redistricting, however, most of the district's black voters were transferred to the black-majority 4th District. Those lines, however, were thrown out in 1995 when the 4th was ruled to be an unconstitutional racial gerrymander, and for the 1996 election the 6th included all of Baton Rouge. After the 2010 redistricting, a gash in western Baton Rouge, including most of the city's black precincts, was transferred to the New Orleans-based 2nd District.

Recent presidential elections[edit]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Bush 55 - 43%
2004 President Bush 59 - 40%
2008 President McCain 57 - 41%
2012 President Romney 66 - 32%
2016 President Trump 65 - 31%

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1875
Charles E. Nash, MC (1875-77).jpg Charles E. Nash Republican March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
44th [Data unknown/missing.]
EdwardWhiteRobertson.jpg Edward White Robertson Democratic March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1883
45th
46th
47th
[Data unknown/missing.]
EdwardTLewis.jpg Edward Taylor Lewis Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
48th Won special election after the death of Representative-elect Andrew S. Herron
No image.svg Alfred Briggs Irion Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1887
49th [Data unknown/missing.]
EdwardWhiteRobertson.jpg Edward White Robertson Democratic March 4, 1887 –
August 2, 1887
50th Died
Vacant August 2, 1887 –
December 5, 1887
SamuelMRobertson.jpg Samuel Matthews Robertson Democratic December 5, 1887 –
March 3, 1907
50th
51st
52nd
53rd
54th
55th
56th
57th
58th
59th
[Data unknown/missing.]
GeorgeKFavrot.jpg George Kent Favrot Democratic March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1909
60th [Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg Robert Charles Wickliffe Democratic March 4, 1909 –
June 11, 1912
61st
62nd
Died
Vacant June 11, 1912 –
November 5, 1912
LewisLMorgan.jpg Lewis Lovering Morgan Democratic November 5, 1912 –
March 3, 1917
62nd
63rd
64th
[Data unknown/missing.]
Jared Young Sanders.jpg Jared Young Sanders Democratic March 4, 1917 –
March 3, 1921
65th
66th
[Data unknown/missing.]
GeorgeKFavrot.jpg George Kent Favrot Democratic March 4, 1921 –
March 4, 1925
67th
68th
[Data unknown/missing.]
BolivarEKemp.jpg Bolivar E. Kemp Democratic March 4, 1925 –
June 19, 1933
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
Died
Vacant June 19, 1933 –
May 1, 1934
No image.svg Jared Y. Sanders, Jr. Democratic May 1, 1934 –
January 3, 1937
73rd
74th
[Data unknown/missing.]
JohnKGriffith.jpg John K. Griffith Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1941
75th
76th
[Data unknown/missing.]
No image.svg Jared Y. Sanders, Jr. Democratic January 3, 1941 –
January 3, 1943
77th [Data unknown/missing.]
Jim Morrison fsa8a25862.jpg James H. Morrison Democratic January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1967
78|89} Lost bid for re-election in 1966
John Rarick.jpg John R. Rarick Democratic January 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1975
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
Lost Democratic renomination to left-wing Jeff LaCaze in 1974
Henson Moore 1977 congressional photo.jpg Henson Moore Republican January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1987
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Richard Baker, 109th Congress photo portrait.jpg Richard Baker Republican January 3, 1987 –
February 2, 2008
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
Resigned
Vacant February 2, 2008 –
May 3, 2008
Don Cazayoux, official 110th Congress photo portrait, 2008.jpg Don Cazayoux Democratic May 3, 2008 –
January 3, 2009
110th Elected to finish Baker's term
Lost election for full term
Bill Cassidy, official 111th Congress photo portrait (cropped).JPG Bill Cassidy Republican January 3, 2009 –
January 3, 2015
111th
112th
113th
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Garret Graves official congressional photo.jpg Garret Graves Republican January 3, 2015 –
Present
114th
115th
116th

Recent election results[edit]

2002[edit]

Louisiana's 6th Congressional District Runoff Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard H. Baker* 146,932 84.04
Libertarian Rick Moscatello 27,898 15.96
Total votes 174,830 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2004[edit]

Louisiana's 6th Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard H. Baker* 188,980 72.24
Democratic Rufus Craig, Jr. 50,642 19.36
Democratic Edward "Scott" Galmon 21,987 8.41
Total votes 261,609 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2006[edit]

Louisiana's 6th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Richard H. Baker* 94,658 82.81
Libertarian Richard Fontanesi 19,648 17.19
Total votes 114,306 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2008[edit]

Louisiana's 6th Congressional District Special Election (May 3, 2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Don Cazayoux 49,703 49.20
Republican Woody Jenkins 46,746 46.78
Independent Ashley Casey 3,718 3.68
Independent Peter J. Aranyosi 448 0.44
Constitution Randall T. Hayes 402 0.40
Total votes 101,017 100.00
Turnout  
Democratic gain from Republican
Louisiana's 6th Congressional District General Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Cassidy 150,332 48.12
Democratic Don Cazayoux* 125,886 40.29
Independent Michael Jackson 36,198 11.59
Total votes 312,416 100.00
Turnout  
Republican gain from Democratic

2010[edit]

Louisiana's 6th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Cassidy* 138,607 65.63
Democratic Merritt E. McDonald, Sr. 72,577 34.37
Total votes 211,184 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2014[edit]

Louisiana's 6th Congressional District Runoff Election (2014)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Garret Graves 139,209 62.4
Democratic Edwin Edwards 83,781 37.6
Total votes 222,990 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold

2016[edit]

Louisiana's 6th Congressional District Election (2016)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Garret Graves 207,483 63
Republican Robert Lamar "Bob" Bell 33,592 10
Libertarian Richard M. Fontanesi 7,603 2
Other Devin Lance Graham 3,218 1
Democratic Richard Lieberman 49,380 15
Democratic Jermaine Sampson 29,822 9
Total votes 331,098 100.00
Turnout   71.3
Republican hold

2018[edit]

Louisiana's 6th Congressional District Election (2018)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Garret Graves 186,553 69.5
Democratic Justin DeWitt 55,089 20.5
Democratic Andie Saizan 21,627 8.1
Other Devin Lance Graham 5,256 2.0
Total votes 268,525 100.00
Turnout  
Republican hold


Living former Members[edit]

As of January 2017, there are four living former members. The most recent representative to die was John Rarick (served 1967–1975) on September 14, 2009.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Henson Moore 1975–1987 (1939-10-04) October 4, 1939 (age 80)
Richard Baker 1987–2008 (1948-05-22) May 22, 1948 (age 71)
Don Cazayoux 2008–2009 (1964-01-27) January 27, 1964 (age 55)
Bill Cassidy 2009–2015 (1957-09-28) September 28, 1957 (age 62)

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 30°17′51″N 91°01′30″W / 30.29750°N 91.02500°W / 30.29750; -91.02500