|Louisiana's 6th congressional district|
Louisiana's 6th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Louisiana's 6th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Located in south-central Louisiana, the district contains most of the state capital of Baton Rouge, the bulk of Baton Rouge's suburbs, and continues south to Houma. It also includes the western shores of Lake Pontchartrain.
Since the 6th congressional district's creation, its boundaries have migrated from a position astraddle the Mississippi River to completely east of the Mississippi River and more recently astraddle the river again.
For decades prior to 1974, the district was virtually coterminous with the Florida Parishes centered on Hammond. In 1974, the 6th congressional district shed St. Tammany Parish to the 1st congressional district, and since then several redistrictings have incrementally moved the 6th congressional district's boundaries westward so that it has shed both Washington and Tangipahoa parishes (including Hammond, home of James H. Morrison, who represented the district for 24 years, the longest tenure of anyone ever to represent the district). Washington and Tangipahoa parishes switched, like St. Tammany Parish, to the strongly Republican 1st congressional district.
For most of its existence, the district's lines generally followed parish lines. In the 1990s redistricting, however, most of the district's black voters were transferred to the black-majority 4th district. Those lines, however, were thrown out in 1995 when the 4th was ruled to be an unconstitutional racial gerrymander, and for the 1996 election the 6th included all of Baton Rouge. After the 2010 redistricting, a gash in western Baton Rouge, including most of the city's black precincts, was transferred to the New Orleans-based 2nd district.
Recent presidential elections
|Election results from presidential races|
|2000||President||Bush 55 - 43%|
|2004||President||Bush 59 - 40%|
|2008||President||McCain 57 - 41%|
|2012||President||Romney 66 - 32%|
|2016||President||Trump 65 - 31%|
List of members representing the district
Recent election results
|Republican||Richard H. Baker*||146,932||84.04|
|Republican||Richard H. Baker*||188,980||72.24|
|Democratic||Rufus Craig, Jr.||50,642||19.36|
|Democratic||Edward "Scott" Galmon||21,987||8.41|
|Republican||Richard H. Baker*||94,658||82.81|
|Independent||Peter J. Aranyosi||448||0.44|
|Constitution||Randall T. Hayes||402||0.40|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
|Republican gain from Democratic|
|Democratic||Merritt E. McDonald, Sr.||72,577||34.37|
|Republican||Robert Lamar "Bob" Bell||33,592||10|
|Libertarian||Richard M. Fontanesi||7,603||2|
|Other||Devin Lance Graham||3,218||1|
|Other||Devin Lance Graham||5,256||2.0|
Historical district boundaries
- "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
- 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