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Mississippi's 5th congressional district

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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.

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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

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

Representative Took Office Left Office Party Notes Congress
District created March 4, 1855
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John A. Quitman
March 4, 1855 July 17, 1858 Democratic Died 34th - 35th
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John Jones McRae
December 7, 1858 January 12, 1861 Democratic Withdrew 35th - 36th
Civil War and Reconstruction 36th - 41st
Legrand Winfield Perce
February 23, 1870 March 3, 1873 Republican 41st - 42nd
George Colin McKee
March 4, 1873 March 3, 1875 Republican Redistricted from the 4th district 43rd
Charles E. Hooker
March 4, 1875 March 3, 1883 Democratic 44th - 47th
Otho Robards Singleton
March 4, 1883 March 3, 1887 Democratic Redistricted from the 4th district 48th - 49th
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Chapman L. Anderson
March 4, 1887 March 3, 1891 Democratic 50th - 51st
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Joseph Henry Beeman
March 4, 1891 March 3, 1893 Democratic 52nd
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John Sharp Williams
March 4, 1893 March 3, 1903 Democratic Redistricted to the 8th district 53rd - 57th
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Adam M. Byrd
March 4, 1903 March 3, 1911 Democratic 58th - 61st
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Samuel Andrew Witherspoon
March 4, 1911 November 24, 1915 Democratic Died 62nd - 64th
William Webb Venable
January 4, 1916 March 3, 1921 Democratic 64th - 66th
Ross A. Collins
March 4, 1921 January 3, 1935 Democratic 67th - 73rd
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Aubert C. Dunn
January 3, 1935 January 3, 1937 Democratic 74th
Ross A. Collins
January 3, 1937 January 3, 1943 Democratic 75th - 77th
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W. Arthur Winstead
January 3, 1943 January 3, 1963 Democratic Redistricted to the 4th district 78th - 87th
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William M. Colmer
January 3, 1963 January 3, 1973 Democratic Redistricted from the 6th district 88th - 92nd
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Trent Lott
January 3, 1973 January 3, 1989 Republican 93rd - 100th
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Larkin I. Smith
January 3, 1989 August 13, 1989 Republican Died 101st
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Gene Taylor
October 17, 1989 January 3, 2003 Democratic Redistricted to the 4th district 101st - 107th
District inactive January 3, 2003 – Present


  • 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

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