Florida's 5th Congressional District
|Florida's 5th Congressional District|
|Current incumbent||Corrine Brown|
|Gender||48.1% Male, 51.9% Female|
|Race||38.8% White, 52.7% Black, 2.1% Asian, 0.4% Native American|
|Median household income||$32,772|
|High school graduation rate||80.9%|
|College graduation rate||15.8%|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
On July 10, 2014, a Florida judge threw out the state's 2012 congressional redistricting plan. In the ruling he found that Republicans "conspired to manipulate the boundaries to protect the party's majority in Washington and 'made a mockery' of the rules of transparency in the process". He also specifically ordered that two of the state's districts--Florida's 5th Congressional District and Florida's 10th Congressional District-- should be redrawn as they violated a "Fair Districts Florida" standard approved by voters in 2010 to ban legislators from favoring or protecting incumbents.
The ruling, issued less than two months before primary elections, is unlikely to affect the 2014 elections. However, if it stands it could have broad implications for the 2016 elections.
On July 15, 2014, Republicans in the Florida State Legislature announced they would not appeal the ruling that found that the state's map for congressional districts unconstitutional. Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford said in a joint statement that they want to postpone drawing a new map until after the 2014 elections.
Florida legislative leaders announced on August 3, 2014, a special week-long session to revise the congressional redistricting map declared invalid by a state judge. The announcement came after Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis once again ordered lawmakers on August 1, 2014, to revise the congressional redistricting map to fix two districts he had previously declared unconstitutional. Lewis gave the Legislature until August 15, 2014, to fix the map, an action that required a special session of the Legislature and an abrupt halt to lawmakers' summer vacations and to their campaigning, as lawmakers may not raise campaign money while the Legislature is in session.
Lewis also said he was considering calling a special election after the November 4, 2014, general election for the affected districts, and called for an August 20, 2014, hearing to allow lawyers for both sides in the case to present arguments on what the court should decide.
The current representative of the 5th Congressional District is Corrine Brown (D).
The 5th Congressional District of Florida will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
General election candidates
August 26, 2014, primary results
The 5th Congressional District of Florida held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent from the 3rd District, Corrine Brown won the election in the district.
|U.S. House, Florida District 5 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Corrine Brown Incumbent||70.8%||190,472|
|Independent||Bruce Ray Riggs||0%||3|
|Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Florida District 5 General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||James "Jim" Piccillo||32.6%||100,858|
|U.S. House, Florida District 5 General Election, 2008|
|Republican||Ginny Brown-Waite incumbent||61.2%||265,186|
|U.S. House, Florida District 5 General Election, 2006|
|Republican||Ginny Brown-Waite incumbent||59.9%||162,421|
|U.S. House, Florida District 5 General Election, 2004|
|Republican||Ginny Brown-Waite incumbent||65.9%||240,315|
|Democratic||David E. Bruderly||34.1%||124,140|
On November 5, 2002, Ginny Brown-Waite won election to the United States House. She defeated Karen L. Thurman (D), Jack Gargan (No Party Affiliation), Brian Moore (No Party Affiliation) and Werder (Write-in) in the general election.
|U.S. House, Florida District 5 General Election, 2000|
|Democratic||Karen L. Thurman incumbent||64.3%||180,338|
- See also: Redistricting in Florida
In 2011, the Florida State Legislature re-drew the congressional districts based on updated population information from the 2010 census. Prior to redistricting the 5th District comprised all of Citrus, Hernando, and Sumter counties and most of Lake, Levy, and Pasco counties and portions of Marion and Polk counties. The district also included northern suburbs of Tampa and western suburbs of Orlando.
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