South Carolina's 5th congressional district

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South Carolina's 5th congressional district
Current RepresentativeMick Mulvaney (RLancaster)
Population (2000)668,668
Median income$35,416
Ethnicity64.9% White, 32.3% Black, 0.5% Asian, 1.8% Hispanic, 0.6% Native American, 0.0% other
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South Carolina's 5th congressional district
Current RepresentativeMick Mulvaney (RLancaster)
Population (2000)668,668
Median income$35,416
Ethnicity64.9% White, 32.3% Black, 0.5% Asian, 1.8% Hispanic, 0.6% Native American, 0.0% other
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The 5th Congressional District of South Carolina is a congressional district in northern South Carolina bordering North Carolina. From 2003 to 2013 it included 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 borders were contracted from some of the easternmost counties in the 2012 redistricting.

The district's character is very similar to other mostly rural districts in the South. Democrats still hold most offices outside Republican-dominated York County. However, 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 largest blocs of Republican voters are in the fast-growing suburbs of Charlotte, North Carolina and Cherokee County, which shares the Republican tilt of most of the rest of the Upstate.

In November 2010, the Republican Mick Mulvaney defeated longtime congressman John Spratt and became the first Republican since Robert Smalls and the end of Reconstruction to represent the district.

The primary character of the Netflix original series House of Cards, Frank Underwood, is depicted as representing the district in the United States House of Representatives.

The district from 2003 to 2013

List of representatives[edit]

NameTook OfficeLeft OfficePartyDistrict ResidenceNotes
No image.svg Thomas Tudor TuckerMarch 4, 1789March 4, 1793Anti-Administration
No image.svg Alexander GillonMarch 4, 1793October 6, 1794Anti-AdministrationDied
Robert Goodloe Harper - Project Gutenberg etext 20873 (cropped).jpg Robert Goodloe HarperFebruary 9, 1795March 3, 1795Pro-Administration
March 4, 1795March 4, 1801Federalist
No image.svg William ButlerMarch 4, 1801March 3, 1803Democratic-RepublicanMount Willingredistricted to the 2nd district
No image.svg Richard WinnMarch 4, 1803March 3, 1813Democratic-RepublicanWinnsbororedistricted from the 4th district
No image.svg David R. EvansMarch 4, 1813March 3, 1815Democratic-RepublicanWinnsboro
No image.svg William WoodwardMarch 4, 1815March 3, 1817Democratic-Republicanunknown
No image.svg Starling TuckerMarch 4, 1817March 3, 1823Democratic-RepublicanMountain Shoalsredistricted to the 9th district
George-McDuffie.jpg George McDuffieMarch 4, 1823March 3, 1825Jacksonian D-RCharleston
March 4, 1825March 3, 1831Jacksonian
March 4, 18311834Nullifier
Francis Wilkinson Pickens.jpg Francis W. PickensDecember 8, 1834March 3, 1839NullifierEdgefield
March 4, 1839March 4, 1843Democratic
No image.svg Armistead BurtMarch 4, 1843March 3, 1853DemocraticAbbeville
James Lawrence Orr - Brady-Handy.jpg James L. OrrMarch 4, 1853March 3, 1859DemocraticAndersonSpeaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1857–1859
JohnDAshmore.jpg John D. AshmoreMarch 4, 1859December 21, 1860DemocraticGreenvilleResigned
District eliminated in 1867 - Civil War - Occupation and Reconstruction
District re-established 1875
Robert Smalls - Brady-Handy.jpg Robert SmallsMarch 4, 1875March 3, 1879RepublicanBeaufort
No image.svg George D. TillmanMarch 4, 1879July 19, 1882DemocraticEdgefieldLost contested election
Robert Smalls - Brady-Handy.jpg Robert SmallsJuly 19, 1882March 3, 1883RepublicanBeaufortWon contested election
John James Hemphill.jpg John J. HemphillMarch 4, 1883March 3, 1893DemocraticChester
No image.svg Thomas J. StraitMarch 4, 1893March 3, 1899DemocraticLancaster
No image.svg David E. FinleyMarch 4, 1899January 26, 1917DemocraticYorkDied
No image.svg Paul G. McCorkleFebruary 21, 1917March 3, 1917DemocraticYork
No image.svg William F. StevensonMarch 4, 1917March 3, 1933DemocraticCheraw
No image.svg James P. RichardsMarch 4, 1933January 3, 1957DemocraticLancaster
No image.svg Robert W. HemphillJanuary 3, 1957May 1, 1964DemocraticChesterResigned after being appointed as judge to United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
No image.svg Thomas S. GettysNovember 3, 1964December 31, 1974DemocraticRock Hill
Kenneth Lamar Holland.jpg Kenneth L. HollandJanuary 3, 1975January 3, 1983DemocraticGaffney
John Spratt, official portrait, 111th Congress.jpg John M. Spratt, Jr.January 3, 1983January 3, 2011DemocraticYorkDefeated for re-election
Mick Mulvaney, Official Portrait, 113th Congress.jpg Mick MulvaneyJanuary 3, 2011PresentRepublicanLancaster


Coordinates: 34°29′N 80°58′W / 34.49°N 80.97°W / 34.49; -80.97