Louisiana's 5th Congressional District
|Louisiana's 5th congressional district|
|Current incumbent||Rodney Alexander|
|Gender||49.8% Male, 50.2% Female|
|Race||61.3% White, 35.9% Black, 0.5% Asian, 0.3% Native American|
|Median household income||$32,854|
|High school graduation rate||77.4%|
|College graduation rate||14.7%|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
Louisiana's 5th Congressional District includes the northeastern portion of the state. Morehouse, W Carroll, E Carroll, Madison, Tensas, Franklin, Richland, Ouachita, Lincoln, Jackson, Winn, La Salle, Catahoula, Concordia, Caldwell, Grant, Rapides, Avoyelles, St. Landry, W Feldana, E Feldana, St. Helenda, Washington and Tangipahoa parishes are included in the district.
The district previously contained the cities of Monroe and Alexandria and stretched as far south as Iberville Parish in southern Louisiana.
The current representative of the 5th congressional district is Rodney Alexander (R).
Alexander issued a statement on August 6, 2013, that he decided not to run for re-election in 2014. He cited gridlock in Congress as part of the reason for his decision. “Rather than producing tangible solutions to better this nation, partisan posturing has created a legislative standstill,” Alexander said in a statement. “Unfortunately, I do not foresee this environment to change anytime soon. I have decided not to seek re-election, so that another may put forth ideas on how to break through the gridlock and bring about positive change for our country."
The 5th congressional district of Louisiana will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
The 5th congressional district of Louisiana will hold a special election for the U.S. House in 2013. The election will be held October 19, 2013, with a runoff general election to be held November 16, 2013, if required.
|U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Rodney Alexander Incumbent||77.8%||202,536|
|None||Clay Steven Grant||7.8%||20,194|
|Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 General Election, 2010|
|Republican||Rodney Alexander incumbent||78.6%||122,033|
|Independent||Tom Gibbs, Jr.||21.4%||33,279|
Alexander ran unopposed to re-election in 2008.
|U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 General Election, 2004|
|Republican||Rodney Alexander incumbent||59.4%||141,495|
|Republican||John W. "Jock" Scott||16%||37,971|
|Democratic||Zelma "Tisa" Blakes||24.6%||58,591|
On November 5, 2002, Rodney Alexander won election to the United States House. He defeated Robert J. Barham (R), Lee Fletcher (R), Clyde C. Holloway (R), Sam Houston Melton, Jr. (D) and Vinson Mouser (I) in the general election.
On November 7, 2000, John Cooksey won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Roger Beall (D), Sam Houston Melton, Jr. (D), Raymond A. "Dhuck" Dumas (Other) in the general election.
- See also: Redistricting in Louisiana
In 2011, the Louisiana State Legislature re-drew the congressional districts based on updated population information from the 2010 census.
- Louisiana Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
- Politico "GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander retiring" Accessed August 7, 2013
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- Louisiana Secretary of State, "Upcoming elections," accessed August 8, 2013
- The News Star, "Special election set Oct. 19; qualifying this month," accessed August 8, 2013
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Louisiana"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000"