Massachusetts's 5th congressional district

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Massachusetts's 5th congressional district
Current RepresentativeKatherine Clark (DMelrose)
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Massachusetts's 5th congressional district
Current RepresentativeKatherine Clark (DMelrose)
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Massachusetts's 5th congressional district is a congressional district in eastern Massachusetts. The district is currently represented by Katherine Clark. Massachusetts congressional redistricting after the 2010 census has changed the borders of the district starting with the elections of 2012, with the new 3rd district largely taking the place of the old 5th.[2] The 5th district had covered many of the communities represented in the old 7th district. As of 2010, the population of the 5th congressional district was 727,515. On July 15, 2013, Ed Markey resigned from the seat to become the junior Senator from Massachusetts. On December 10, 2013, Democrat Katherine Clark won a special election to fill the seat for the remainder of the 113th Congress.[3] She was sworn in to office on December 12, 2013.

Demographics[edit]

The district has been in Democratic hands without interruption since 1975. Before Paul Tsongas' victory that year, it had only elected three Democrats in its entire existence and had been in Republican hands since 1895.

Historically, it was one of the more moderate districts in heavily Democratic Massachusetts before redistricting in 2013. In state races, it supported Republican candidates for Governor William Weld, Paul Celluci, and Mitt Romney. In the 2007 special election to replace Marty Meehan, Republican candidate Jim Ogonowski ran an unexpectedly strong race, ultimately losing 51-45%.

Cities and towns in the district[edit]

Cities and towns in the district since 2013[edit]

Map of the 5th congressional district (in purple), from 2013 to 2023
Map of the 5th congressional district in Cambridge (in green), as of 2013[4]

In Middlesex County:

Arlington, Ashland, Belmont, Cambridge: Ward 3 Precinct 2A, Ward 4 Precincts 2 and 3, Wards 6, 7, 8, and 9, Ward 10 Precincts 1 and 2, Framingham, Holliston, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Natick, Sherborn, Stoneham, Sudbury: Precincts 1A, 2, 3, 4, and 5, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Weston, Winchester and Woburn.

In Suffolk County:

Revere, and Winthrop.

In Worcester County:

Southborough.

Cities and towns in the district prior to 2013[edit]

1840s[edit]

"The towns of Ashburnham, Auburn, Barre, Brookfield, Charlton, Dana, Douglas, Dudley, Gardner, Grafton, Hardwick, Holden, Hubbardston, Leicester, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Northbridge, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Rutland, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Sutton, Templeton, Upton, Uxbridge, Warren, Webster, West Boylston, Westminster, Winchendon, and Worcester, in the County of Worcester."[5]

1850s[edit]

"The wards numbered one, two, three, four, five, and six, in the city of Boston, and the towns of Chelsea and North Chelsea, and Winthrop, in the county of Suffolk; and the city of Cambridge, in the county of Middlesex."[6]

1870s[edit]

"Arlington, Belmont, Wards, 3, 4, and 5, Boston, Burlington, Everett, Lexington, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Nahant, Saugus, Somerville, Stoneham, Swampscott, Wakefield, Waltham, Winchester, and Woburn."[7]

1880s-1900s[edit]

1910s[edit]

"Essex County: Towns of Andover and Methuen. Middlesex County: Cities of Lowell and Woburn; towns of Acton, Ayer, Bedford, Blllerica, Boxboro, Burlington, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Hudson, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Pepperell, Reading, Shirley, Stow, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, Westford, and Wilmington. Worcester County: Towns of Berlin, Bolton, Harvard, and Northboro."[8]

1920s-1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

"Essex County: City of Lawrence. Towns of Andover and Methuen. Middlesex County: City of Lowell. Towns of Acton, Ashby, Bedford, Billerica, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Lexington, Littleton, North Reading, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Westford, and Wilmington."[9]

2003-2013[edit]

The district from 2003 to 2013

In Essex County:

Andover, Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen.

In Middlesex County:

Acton, Ayer, Billerica, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Hudson, Littleton, Lowell, Maynard, Shirley, Stow, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Wayland (Precincts 1, 3, and 4), Westford.

In Worcester County:

Berlin, Bolton, Harvard, Lancaster.

Recent election results[edit]

U.S. House election, 1990: Massachusetts District 5
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticChester G. Atkins110,23249.85
RepublicanJohn MacGovern101,01745.68
Other9,8914.47
Turnout221,140
Democratic holdSwing
U.S. House election, 1992: Massachusetts District 5
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticMarty Meehan133,84452.17+2.32
RepublicanPaul W. Cronin96,20637.50-8.18
IndependentMary Farinelli19,0777.44+7.44
IndependentDavid E. Coleman7,2142.81+2.81
Write-in2230.09-4.38
Turnout256,564
Democratic holdSwing+2.32
U.S. House election, 1994: Massachusetts District 5
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticMarty Meehan140,72569.83+17.66
RepublicanDavid E. Coleman60,73430.14-7.36
Write-in650.03-0.06
Turnout201,524
Democratic holdSwing+17.66
U.S. House election, 1996: Massachusetts District 5
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticMarty Meehan183,42999.08+29.25
RepublicanUnopposed-30.14
Write-in1,7080.92+0.89
Turnout185,137
Democratic holdSwing+29.25
U.S. House election, 1998: Massachusetts District 5
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticMarty Meehan127,41870.70-28.38
RepublicanDavid E. Coleman52,72529.25+29.25
Write-in870.05-0.87
Turnout180,230
Democratic holdSwing-28.38
U.S. House election, 2000: Massachusetts District 5
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticMarty Meehan199,60198.02+27.32
RepublicanUnopposed-29.25
Write-in4,0401.98+1.93
Turnout203,641
Democratic holdSwing+27.32
U.S. House election, 2002: Massachusetts District 5
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticMarty Meehan122,56260.15-37.87
RepublicanCharles McCarthy69,33734.03+34.03
LibertarianIlana Freedman11,7295.76+5.76
Write-in1490.07-1.91
Turnout203,777
Democratic holdSwing-37.87
U.S. House election, 2004: Massachusetts District 5
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticMarty Meehan179,65266.99+6.84
RepublicanThomas Tierney88,23232.90-1.13
Write-in3050.11+0.04
Turnout268,189
Democratic holdSwing+6.84
U.S. House election, 2006: Massachusetts District 5
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticMarty Meehan159,12098.98+31.99
RepublicanUnopposed-32.90
Write-in3,1521.02+0.91
Turnout216,832
Democratic holdSwing+31.99
Special election, 2007: Massachusetts District 5
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticNiki Tsongas54,36351.32-47.66
RepublicanJim Ogonowski47,77045.10+45.10
IndependentPatrick Murphy2,1702.05+2.05
IndependentKurt Hayes1,1251.06+1.06
ConstitutionKevin Thompson4940.47+0.47
Turnout105,922
Democratic holdSwing-47.66
U.S. House election, 2008: Massachusetts District 5
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticNiki Tsongas225,94798.71+37.39
RepublicanUnopposed-45.10
All Others2,9601.29-2.29
Turnout302,397
Democratic holdSwing+37.39
U.S. House election, 2010: Massachusetts District 5
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticNiki Tsongas122,85854.84-43.87
RepublicanJonathan A. Golnik94,64642.25+42.25
IndependentDale E. Brown4,3871.96+1.96
IndependentRobert M. Clark1,9910.89+0.89
All Others1470.07-1.22
Turnout229,647
Democratic holdSwing-43.87

List of Representatives[edit]

RepresentativePartyYears ↑District homeElectoral history
George Partridge.jpg George PartridgePro-
Administration
March 4, 1789 –
August 14, 1790
DuxburyResigned
VacantAugust 15, 1790 –
March 4, 1791
No image.svg Shearjashub BournePro-
Administration
March 4, 1791 –
March 4, 1793
BostonRedistricted to the 3rd district
District eliminatedMarch 4, 1793 –
March 4, 1795
No image.svg Nathaniel Freeman, Jr.Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1795 –
March 4, 1799
Sandwich[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Lemuel WilliamsFederalistMarch 4, 1799 –
March 4, 1803
New BedfordRedistricted to the 8th district
No image.svg Thomas DwightFederalistMarch 4, 1803 –
March 4, 1805
Springfield[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg William ElyFederalistMarch 4, 1805 –
March 4, 1815
Springfield[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
ElijahMills.jpg Elijah H. MillsFederalistMarch 4, 1815 –
March 4, 1819
NorthamptonLost re-election
No image.svg Samuel LathropFederalistMarch 4, 1819 –
March 4, 1823
West SpringfieldRedistricted to the 8th district
No image.svg Jonas SibleyAdams-Clay
Republican
March 4, 1823 –
March 4, 1825
SuttonLost re-election
John Davis daguerreotype by Mathew Brady 1849.jpg John DavisAdamsMarch 4, 1825 –
March 4, 1829
WorcesterResigned to become Governor of Massachusetts
National
Republican
March 4, 1829 –
January 14, 1834
VacantJanuary 15, 1834 –
February 16, 1834
LLincolnJr.jpg Levi Lincoln, Jr.National
Republican
February 17, 1834 –
March 4, 1837
WorcesterFirst elected to finish Davis's term
Resigned to become Collector of the Port of Boston
WhigMarch 4, 1837 –
March 16, 1841
VacantMarch 17, 1841 –
May 2, 1841
No image.svg Charles HudsonWhigMay 3, 1841 –
March 4, 1849
Westminster[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Charles AllenFree SoilMarch 4, 1849 –
March 4, 1853
WorcesterRedistricted to the 9th district
William Appleton by Southworth & Hawes c1852.png William AppletonWhigMarch 4, 1853 –
March 4, 1855
BostonRedistricted from the 1st district and re-elected here in 1852
Lost re-election
Burlingame.gif Anson BurlingameAmericanMarch 4, 1855 –
March 4, 1857
Boston[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
RepublicanMarch 4, 1857 –
March 4, 1861
William Appleton by Southworth & Hawes c1852.png William AppletonConstitutional UnionistMarch 4, 1861 –
September 27, 1861
BostonResigned because of failing health
VacantSeptember 28, 1861 –
December 1, 1861
Samuel Hooper from Mass.gif Samuel Hooper[10]RepublicanDecember 2, 1861 –
March 4, 1863
BostonFirst elected to finish Davis's term
Redistricted to the 4th district
JohnBAlley.jpg John B. AlleyRepublicanMarch 4, 1863 –
March 4, 1867
LynnRedistricted from the 6th district and re-elected here in 1862
Benjamin Franklin Butler Brady-Handy.jpg Benjamin F. Butler[11]RepublicanMarch 4, 1867 –
March 4, 1873
LowellRedistricted to the 6th district
Daniel W Gooch.png Daniel W. GoochRepublicanMarch 4, 1873 –
March 4, 1875
MelroseLost re-election
Nathaniel Prentice Banks.jpg Nathaniel P. Banks[12]IndependentMarch 4, 1875 –
March 4, 1877
WalthamFirst elected in 1874
Lost renomination
RepublicanMarch 4, 1877 –
March 4, 1879
Selwyn Zadock Bowman.png Selwyn Z. Bowman[13]RepublicanMarch 4, 1879 –
March 4, 1883
Somerville[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Leopold Morse.png Leopold MorseDemocraticMarch 4, 1883 –
March 4, 1885
BostonRedistricted from the 4th district and re-elected here in 1882
Retired
Edward Daniel Hayden.png Edward D. HaydenRepublicanMarch 4, 1885 –
March 4, 1889
WoburnRetired
Nathaniel Prentice Banks.jpg Nathaniel P. BanksRepublicanMarch 4, 1889 –
March 4, 1891
WalthamElected again in 1888
Retired
Sherman Hoar.png Sherman HoarDemocraticMarch 4, 1891 –
March 4, 1893
Concord[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Moses T. Stevens.png Moses T. StevensDemocraticMarch 4, 1893 –
March 4, 1895
North AndoverRedistricted from the 8th district and re-elected here in 1892
William Shadrach Knox in 1896.JPG William S. Knox[14]RepublicanMarch 4, 1895 –
March 4, 1903
LawrenceRetired
Butler Ames Massachusetts Congressman.png Butler Ames[15]RepublicanMarch 4, 1903 –
March 4, 1913
LowellRetired
John Jacob Rogers.png John Jacob RogersRepublicanMarch 4, 1913 –
March 28, 1925
LowellDied
VacantMarch 28, 1925 –
June 30, 1925
Erogers2.jpg Edith Nourse Rogers[16]RepublicanJune 30, 1925 –
September 10, 1960
LowellFirst elected to finish her husband's term
Died
VacantSeptember 10, 1960 –
January 3, 1961
Frank B. Morse.jpg Frank B. Morse[17]RepublicanJanuary 3, 1961 –
May 1, 1972
LowellResigned to become U.N. Under Secretary General for Political and General Assembly Affairs
VacantMay 1, 1972 –
January 3, 1973
Paul W. Cronin.jpg Paul W. CroninRepublicanJanuary 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1975
AndoverLost re-election
Senator Paul Tsongas.jpg Paul TsongasDemocraticJanuary 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1979
LowellRetired to run for U.S. Senate
James Shannon.jpg James ShannonDemocraticJanuary 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1985
LawrenceRetired to run for U.S. Senate
ChesterGAtkins.jpg Chester G. Atkins[18]DemocraticJanuary 3, 1985 –
January 3, 1993
ConcordLost renomination
Marty Meehan official portrait.jpg Marty MeehanDemocraticJanuary 3, 1993 –
July 1, 2007
LowellResigned to become Chancellor of University of Massachusetts Lowell
VacantJuly 1, 2007 –
October 16, 2007
Niki Tsongas, official 110th Congress photo portrait.jpg Niki TsongasDemocraticOctober 16, 2007 –
January 3, 2013
LowellFirst elected to finish Meehan's term
Re-elected in 2008
Re-elected in 2010
Redistricted to the 3rd district
Ed Markey, Official Portrait, 112th Congress 2.jpg Ed MarkeyDemocraticJanuary 3, 2013 –
July 15, 2013
MaldenRedistricted from the 7th district and re-elected here in 2012
Resigned after being elected to the U.S. Senate.
VacantJuly 15, 2013 –
December 10, 2013
Katherine Clark 2013.jpg Katherine ClarkDemocraticDecember 10, 2013 –
Present
MelroseElected to finish Markey's term
RepresentativePartyYears ↑District homeElectoral history

References[edit]

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  18. ^ "Massachusetts". 1991-1992 Official Congressional Directory: 102nd Congress. Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1991. 

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Maps[edit]

Election results[edit]

Coordinates: 42°21′19″N 71°17′54″W / 42.35528°N 71.29833°W / 42.35528; -71.29833