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South Carolina's 5th congressional district
United States House of Representatives, South Carolina District 5 map.png
Current Representative John Spratt (D)
Population (2000) 668,668
Median income $35,416
Ethnicity 64.9% White, 32.3% Black, 0.5% Asian, 1.8% Hispanic, 0.6% Native American, 0.0% other
Cook PVI R+7

The 5th Congressional District of South Carolina is a congressional district in northern South Carolina bordering North Carolina. It includes all of Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Marlboro, Newberry and York counties and parts of Florence, Lee and Sumter counties. Outside the rapidly growing city of Rock Hill, the district is mostly rural and agricultural.

The district is one of the few remaining in the former Confederacy to have never elected a Republican since Reconstruction, and Democrats still hold most offices outside Republican-dominated York County. Despite this, few of the area's Democrats can be described as liberal by national standards; most are fairly conservative on social issues, but less so on economics. The only significant blocs of Republican voters are in Cherokee County, which shares the Republican tilt of most of the rest of the Upstate, and more affluent voters in the fast-growing Charlotte suburbs.

John Spratt, a Democrat and the senior member of the state's congressional delegation, has represented the district since 1983.

List of representatives

Name Took Office Left Office Party District Residence Notes
Thomas Tudor Tucker March 4, 1789 March 4, 1793 Anti-Administration
Alexander Gillon March 4, 1793 October 6, 1794 Anti-Administration Died
Robert Goodloe Harper February, 1795 March 3, 1795 Pro-Administration
March 4, 1795 March 4, 1801 Federalist
William Butler March 4, 1801 March 3, 1803 Democratic-Republican Mount Willing redistricted to the 2nd district
Richard Winn March 4, 1803 March 3, 1813 Democratic-Republican Winnsboro redistricted from the 4th district
David R. Evans March 4, 1813 March 3, 1815 Democratic-Republican Winnsboro
William Woodward March 4, 1815 March 3, 1817 Democratic-Republican unknown
Starling Tucker March 4, 1817 March 3, 1823 Democratic-Republican Mountain Shoals redistricted to the 9th district
George McDuffie March 4, 1823 March 3, 1825 Jacksonian D-R Charleston
March 4, 1825 March 3, 1831 Jackson
March 4, 1831  ????, 1834 Nullifier
Francis W. Pickens December 8, 1834 March 3, 1839 Nullifier Edgefield
March 4, 1839 March 4, 1843 Democratic
Armistead Burt March 4, 1843 March 3, 1853 Democrat Abbeville
James L. Orr March 4, 1853 March 3, 1859 Democrat Anderson Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1857-1859
John D. Ashmore March 4, 1859 December 21, 1860 Democrat Greenville Resigned
Civil War - Occupation and Reconstruction - Not Allocated
District eliminated in 1867
District re-established 1875
Robert Smalls March 4, 1875 March 3, 1879 Republican Beaufort
George D. Tillman March 4, 1879 July 19, 1882 Democrat Edgefield Lost contested election
Robert Smalls July 19, 1882 March 3, 1883 Republican Beaufort Won contested election
John J. Hemphill March 4, 1883 March 3, 1893 Democrat Chester
Thomas J. Strait March 4, 1893 March 3, 1899 Democrat Lancaster
David E. Finley March 4, 1899 January 26, 1917 Democrat York Died
Paul G. McCorkle February 21, 1917 March 3, 1917 Democrat York
William F. Stevenson March 4, 1917 March 3, 1933 Democrat Cheraw
James P. Richards March 4, 1933 January 3, 1957 Democrat Lancaster
Robert W. Hemphill January 3, 1957 May 1, 1964 Democrat Chester Resigned after being appointed as judge to United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
Thomas S. Gettys November 3, 1964 December 31, 1974 Democrat Rock Hill
Kenneth L. Holland January 3, 1975 January 3, 1983 Democrat Gaffney
John M. Spratt, Jr. January 3, 1983 Present Democrat York Incumbent

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