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Michigan's 5th congressional district

Michigan's 5th congressional district
Michigan's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Michigan's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Dan Kildee (DFlint)
Population (2010) 705,975
Ethnicity 74.5% White, 17.6% Black, 0.8% Asian, 4.5% Hispanic, 0.5% Native American
Cook PVI D+10

Michigan's 5th congressional district is a United States congressional district in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

It is currently a mostly industrial area,[1] with Arenac County, Iosco County, and Tuscola County being the main exceptions. From 2003 to 2013 it encompassed much of the area south of Saginaw Bay. It consisted of all of Tuscola and Genesee counties and the southeast portion of Bay and the eastern portion of Saginaw counties in the eastern-central portion of the state during that time. The district was extended into the upper mitt for the 2012 redistricting and most of Tuscola County was cut out.

The seat of the district is currently occupied by Democrat Dan Kildee. His uncle, Dale E. Kildee, represented the district from 2003 to 2013.[2]

Recent election results from presidential races

Year Winner Margin
1992 Bill Clinton (D) 45 - 32%
1996 Bill Clinton (D) 57 - 33%
2000 Al Gore (D) 61 - 37%
2004 John Kerry (D) 59 - 41%
2008 Barack Obama (D) 64 - 35%
2012 Barack Obama (D) 61 - 38%


From 1873 to 1993, the 5th was based in the Grand Rapids area of Western Michigan. Its most notable occupant was Gerald Ford, who in 1974 became the 38th President of the United States upon the resignation of Richard Nixon, at the height of the infamous Watergate Scandal. From 1993 to 2003, it was drawn as a district including Bay City, Saginaw and the Thumb.

Jurisdictions in the district

List of representatives

The following is a list of all occupants of the congressional seat since the district was created at the start of the 38th Congress

Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1863
Augustus C. Baldwin Democratic March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1865
Rowland E. Trowbridge Republican March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1869
Omar D. Conger Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1873
Redistricted from the 7th district
Wilder D. Foster Republican March 4, 1873 –
September 20, 1873
Redistricted from the 4th district, Died
Vacant September 20, 1873 –
December 1, 1873
William B. Williams Republican December 1, 1873 –
March 3, 1877
John W. Stone Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1881
George W. Webber Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1883
Julius Houseman Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
Charles C. Comstock Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1887
Melbourne H. Ford Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1889
Charles E. Belknap Republican March 4, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
Melbourne H. Ford Democratic March 4, 1891 –
April 20, 1891
Vacant April 20, 1891 –
November 3, 1891
Charles E. Belknap Republican November 3, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
George F. Richardson Democratic March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1895
Elected by a plurality of 10 votes, receiving a certificate of election from the board of state canvassers. The defeated candidate, incumbent Charles E. Belknap, requested a recount in Ionia County, alleging irregularities. The Michigan Supreme Court ordered the recount on February 3, 1893, which subsequently resulted in a plurality of 19 votes for Belknap. The new board of state canvassers then issued a certificate of election to Belknap. The contest was brought to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on August 8, 1893. Following debate on the validity of the contestants’ credentials, the House voted to seat Richardson, referring the matter to the U.S. House Committee on Elections. Following further examination, the committee issued a report upholding Richardson’s claim to the seat.
William Alden Smith Republican March 4, 1895 –
February 9, 1907
Resigned after being elected to the US Senate
Vacant February 9, 1907 –
March 17, 1908
Gerrit J. Diekema Republican March 17, 1908 –
March 3, 1911
Edwin F. Sweet Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 3, 1913
Carl Mapes Republican March 4, 1913 –
December 12, 1939
Vacant December 12, 1939 –
February 19, 1940
Bartel J. Jonkman Republican February 19, 1940 –
January 3, 1949
Gerald Ford Republican January 3, 1949 –
December 6, 1973
Resigned to become Vice-President of the United States
Vacant December 6, 1973 –
February 18, 1974
Richard VanderVeen Democratic February 18, 1974 –
January 3, 1977
Harold S. Sawyer Republican January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1985
Paul B. Henry Republican January 3, 1985 –
January 3, 1993
Redistricted to the 3rd district
James A. Barcia Democratic January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 2003
Dale E. Kildee Democratic January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2013
Redistricted from the 9th district
Dan Kildee Democratic January 3, 2013 –
First elected in 2012

Historical district boundaries

Map of the 5th Congressional District of Michigan from 1993 to 2003
1993 - 2003
Map of the 5th Congressional District of Michigan from 2003 to 2013
2003 - 2013

See also


  1. ^ Congressman Dale Kildee - 5th District of Michigan
  2. ^ Michigan Liberal: Michigan Politics Blog
  • 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


  • for the 7th District - Lists current Senators and representative, and map showing district outline
  • The Political graveyard: U.S. Representatives from Michigan, 1807-2003
  • U.S. Representatives 1837-2003, Michigan Manual 2003-2004

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