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.

Boundaries[edit]

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.

It included all of Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Lamar, Pearl River, Perry, and Stone counties as well as a portion of Wayne County.

After it was abolished, most of the fifth district was absorbed by the state's fourth congressional district.

2000 election[edit]

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.

United States House election, 2000: Mississippi District 5
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Gene Taylor 153,264 78.84
Republican Randall "Randy" McDonnell 35,309 18.16
Libertarian Wayne Parker 3,002 1.54
Reform Katie Perrone 2,820 1.45
Turnout 194,395
Majority 117,955 60.68

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Took Office Left Office Congress Party Notes
District created March 4, 1855
Hon. John A. Quitman, Miss - NARA - 528341.jpg John A. Quitman March 4, 1855 July 17, 1858 34th
35th
Democratic Died
John J. McRae portrait..jpg John Jones McRae December 7, 1858 January 12, 1861 35th
36th
Democratic Withdrew
Civil War and Reconstruction
LegrandWPerce.jpg Legrand Winfield Perce February 23, 1870 March 3, 1873 41st
42nd
Republican
GeorgeCMcKee.jpg George Colin McKee March 4, 1873 March 3, 1875 43rd Republican Redistricted from the 4th district
CharlesEHooker.jpg Charles E. Hooker March 4, 1875 March 3, 1883 44th
45th
46th
47th
Democratic
Othosingleton.jpg Otho Robards Singleton March 4, 1883 March 3, 1887 48th
49th
Democratic Redistricted from the 4th district
No image.svg Chapman L. Anderson March 4, 1887 March 3, 1891 50th
51st
Democratic
No image.svg Joseph Henry Beeman March 4, 1891 March 3, 1893 52nd Democratic
John Sharp Williams 1923.jpg John Sharp Williams March 4, 1893 March 3, 1903 53rd
54th
55th
56th
57th
Democratic Redistricted to the 8th district
No image.svg Adam M. Byrd March 4, 1903 March 3, 1911 58th
59th
60th
61st
Democratic
Samuel Andrew Witherspoon (ca 1913).jpg Samuel Andrew Witherspoon March 4, 1911 November 24, 1915 62nd
63rd
64th
Democratic Died
WilliamWVenable.jpg William Webb Venable January 4, 1916 March 3, 1921 64th
65th
66th
Democratic
RossACollins.jpg Ross A. Collins March 4, 1921 January 3, 1935 67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
Democratic
Aubert C. Dunn.jpg Aubert C. Dunn January 3, 1935 January 3, 1937 74th Democratic
RossACollins.jpg Ross A. Collins January 3, 1937 January 3, 1943 75th
76th
77th
Democratic
W. Arthur Winstead.jpg W. Arthur Winstead January 3, 1943 January 3, 1963 78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
Democratic Redistricted to the 4th district
William M. Colmer.jpg William M. Colmer January 3, 1963 January 3, 1973 88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
Democratic Redistricted from the 6th district
Trent Lott 98th Congress.png Trent Lott January 3, 1973 January 3, 1989 93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
Republican
Larkin I. Smith.jpg Larkin I. Smith January 3, 1989 August 13, 1989 101st Republican Died
Gene Taylor, official portrait, 111th Congress.jpg Gene Taylor October 17, 1989 January 3, 2003 101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th
Democratic Redistricted to the 4th district
District inactive January 3, 2003 – Present

Living former Members[edit]

As of May 2019, there are two living former members. The most recent representative to die was W. Arthur Winstead (served 1943–1963) on March 14, 1995. The most recently serving representative to die was Larkin I. Smith (served 1989), who died in office on August 13, 1989.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Trent Lott 1973–1989 (1941-10-09) October 9, 1941 (age 78)
Gene Taylor 1989–2003 (1953-09-17) September 17, 1953 (age 66)

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