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Connecticut's 5th congressional district

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Connecticut's 5th congressional district
Connecticut US Congressional District 5 (since 2013).tif
Connecticut's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
U.S. RepresentativeJahana Hayes (DWolcott)
Area1,282 sq mi (3,320 km2)
Distribution
  • 85.9% urban
  • 14.1% rural
Population (2015)712,568
Median income$71,995[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+2[2]

Connecticut's 5th Congressional District is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Connecticut. Located in the northwestern part of the state, the district runs from Meriden and New Britain in central Connecticut, westward to Danbury and the surrounding Housatonic Valley, encompassing the Farmington Valley, Upper Naugatuck River Valley, and the Litchfield Hills. The district also includes most of Waterbury.[3]

The district is currently represented by Democrat Jahana Hayes.

History

Historically Republican, the Fifth Congressional District has been trending Democratic since 2004. John Kerry carried the district with 49.3% of the vote, a margin of 1,112 votes in the 2004 presidential election. Obama carried the district in 2008 with 56.3% of the vote and in 2012 with 53.5% of the vote.

The current 5th Congressional District was created in 2002 due to reapportionment following the 2000 U.S. Census. Due to slow population growth, Connecticut lost a seat and the old Waterbury-based 5th district was merged with the New Britain-based 6th District. However, the merged district contained more of the old 6th's territory.

From 1964 to 1990 the 5th Congressional District included many towns in Fairfield County which are now located in the 4th Congressional District, such as Wilton, Monroe, Ridgefield, and Shelton. It also included the lower Naugatuck River Valley towns of Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, and Naugatuck which are now in the 3rd Congressional District.

In the early 20th century the 5th Congressional District included Waterbury, Litchfield County, and the Naugatuck Valley. It did not include any portion of Fairfield or Hartford counties and did not include the City of Meriden.

Towns in the district

The district includes the following towns:

Fairfield County - Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, Newtown, and Sherman.

Hartford County - Avon, Burlington, Canton, Farmington, New Britain, Plainville, and Simsbury.

Litchfield County - Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Milford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Plymouth, Roxbury, Salisbury, Sharon, Thomaston, Torrington (part), Warren, Washington, Watertown, and Woodbury.

New Haven County - Cheshire, Meriden, Middlebury, Southbury, Waterbury (part), and Wolcott.

Voter registration

Voter registration and party enrollment as of October 30, 2012[4]
Party Active voters Inactive voters Total voters Percentage
Democratic 108,601 4,720 113,321 29.96%
Republican 89,242 3,554 92,796 24.53%
Minor parties 3,728 152 3,880 1.03%
Unaffiliated 159,433 8,782 168,215 44.48%
Total 361,004 17,208 378,212 100%

Recent presidential elections

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Gore 52 - 43%
2004 President Kerry 49.3 - 49%
2008 President Obama 56 - 42%
2012 President Obama 54 - 45%
2016 President Clinton 50 - 46%

Recent elections

Connecticut's 5th Congressional District Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Chris Murphy 122,980 56%
Republican Nancy Johnson (incumbent) 94,824 44%
Democratic gain from Republican Swing
Turnout 217,804 100%
Connecticut's 5th Congressional District Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Chris Murphy (incumbent) 178,377 59%
Republican David Cappiello 117,585 39%
Independent Thomas Winn 3,066 1%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 301,345 100%
Connecticut's 5th Congressional District Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Chris Murphy (incumbent) 122,879 54%
Republican Sam Caligiuri 104,402 46%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 227,281 100%
Connecticut's 5th Congressional District Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Elizabeth Esty 142,201 52%
Republican Andrew Roraback 133,256 48%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 275,457 100%
Connecticut's 5th Congressional District Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Elizabeth Esty (incumbent) 113,564 53%
Republican Mark Greenberg 97,767 46%
Independent John Pistone 1,970 1%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 213,301 100%
Connecticut's 5th Congressional District Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Elizabeth Esty (incumbent) 179,252 58%
Republican Clay Cope 129,801 42%
Democratic hold Swing
Turnout 309,053 100%

List of members representing the district

District organized from Connecticut's at-large congressional district in 1837.

Representative Party Service Electoral history
Lancelot Phelps Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
Retired.
Truman Smith.jpg

Truman Smith
Whig March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1843
Retired.
District eliminated after the 1840 Census
District organized from Connecticut's at-large congressional district in 1913
WilliamKennedyCt2.jpg

William Kennedy
Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
Lost re-election.
JamesPGlynn.jpg

James P. Glynn
Republican March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1923
Lost re-election.
Patrick B. O'Sullivan.jpg

Patrick B. O'Sullivan
Democratic March 4, 1923 –
March 3, 1925
Lost re-election.
JamesPGlynn.jpg

James P. Glynn
Republican March 4, 1925 –
March 6, 1930
Died.
Vacant March 6, 1930 –
November 4, 1930
Edward W. Goss Republican November 4, 1930 –
January 3, 1935
Lost re-election.
JJosephSmith.jpg

J. Joseph Smith
Democratic January 3, 1935 –
November 4, 1941
Resigned when appointed Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals
Vacant November 4, 1941 –
January 20, 1942
JosephETalbot.jpg

Joseph E. Talbot
Republican January 20, 1942 –
January 3, 1947
Retired to run for Governor of Connecticut.
James T. Patterson.jpeg

James T. Patterson
Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1959
Lost re-election.
John S. Monagan.jpg

John S. Monagan
Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1973
Lost re-election.
Ronald Sarasin.png

Ronald A. Sarasin
Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1979
Retired to run for Governor of Connecticut.
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William R. Ratchford
Democratic January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1985
Lost re-election.
John G. Rowland 1990 congressional photo.jpg

John G. Rowland
Republican January 3, 1985 –
January 3, 1991
Retired to run for Governor of Connecticut.
Gary A. Franks.jpg

Gary Franks
Republican January 3, 1991 –
January 3, 1997
Lost re-election.
Jimmaloney.jpg

James H. Maloney
Democratic January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2003
Lost re-election.
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Nancy Johnson
Republican January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2007
Lost re-election.
Chris Murphy official photo.jpg

Chris Murphy
Democratic January 3, 2007 –
January 3, 2013
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
Elizabeth Esty 114th official portrait.jpg

Elizabeth Esty
Democratic January 3, 2013 –
January 3, 2019
Retired.
Jahana Hayes, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg

Jahana Hayes
Democratic January 3, 2019 –
Present
Elected in 2018.

Living former Members

As of January 2019, seven former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut's 5th congressional district are alive. The most recent representative to die was William R. Ratchford (1979-1985) on January 2, 2011.

Representative Term in office Date of birth (and age)
Ronald A. Sarasin 1973-1979 (1934-12-31) December 31, 1934 (age 84)
John G. Rowland 1985–1991 (1957-05-24) May 24, 1957 (age 61)
Gary Franks 1991–1997 (1953-02-09) February 9, 1953 (age 65)
James H. Maloney 1997–2003 (1948-09-17) September 17, 1948 (age 70)
Nancy Johnson 2003–2007 (1935-01-05) January 5, 1935 (age 84)
Chris Murphy 2007–2013 (1973-08-03) August 3, 1973 (age 45)
Elizabeth Esty 2013–2019 (1959-08-25) August 25, 1959 (age 59)

Historical district boundaries

2003 - 2013
2003 - 2013

See also

References

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=09&cd=05
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ https://www.rep-am.com/topics/5th-congressional-district/
  4. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 30, 2012" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-09-23. Retrieved 2012-10-30.


Preceded by
2010 elections
United States House elections in Connecticut
2012
Succeeded by
2014 elections

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