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Michigan's 5th congressional district
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Current Representative Dale E. Kildee (D)
Population (2000) 662,563
Median income $39,675
Ethnicity 76.7% White, 18.6% Black, 0.7% Asian, 3.6% Hispanic, 0.5% Native American, 0.1% other
Cook PVI D+11
The 5th district boundaries for the 106th Congress, prior to redistricting in 2002

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 Tuscola County being the main exception. It encompasses much of the area south of Saginaw Bay. It consists 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. The seat of the district is currently occupied by Democrat Dale E. Kildee, who typically faces little opposition in this predominantly Democratic district. [2]

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Predecessors

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.

Major cities

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 Term District Home Notes
District created March 4, 1863
Augustus C. Baldwin Democrat 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 Democrat March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
Charles C. Comstock Democrat March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887
Melbourne H. Ford Democrat March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889
Charles E. Belknap Republican March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1891
Melbourne H. Ford Democrat March 4, 1891 – April 20, 1891 Died
Vacant April 20, 1891 –
November 3, 1891
Charles E. Belknap Republican November 3, 1891 – March 3, 1893
George F. Richardson Democrat March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895
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 Democrat March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1913
Carl Mapes Republican March 4, 1913 – December 12, 1939 Died
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 after being nominated Vice-President of the United States
Vacant December 6, 1973 –
February 18, 1974
Richard VanderVeen Democrat 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 Democrat January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2003
Dale E. Kildee Democrat January 3, 2003 – Present Redistricted from the 9th district

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