|Louisiana's 5th congressional district|
Louisiana's 5th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The 5th district encompasses rural northeastern Louisiana and much of central Louisiana, as well as the northern part of Louisiana's Florida parishes in southeastern Louisiana, taking in Monroe, Alexandria, Opelousas, Amite and Bogalusa.
The district is currently represented by Republican Julia Letlow, who was elected in a 2021 special election to replace her husband, representative-elect Luke, who died of COVID-19 days before he was set to be sworn in.
Previous election cycles
In 2014, Ralph Abraham defeated Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo for the 113th United States Congress, replacing McAllister, who was defeated in the Louisiana primary. On February 26, 2020, Abraham announced he would not be seeking re-election for a fourth term, honoring his pledge to only serve three terms in Congress.
2013 special election
"On November 16, 2013, Republican newcomer Vance McAllister, a businessman from Swartz, Louisiana, handily defeated fellow Republican State Senator Neil Riser of Columbia in Caldwell Parish to claim the seat in a special election. McAllister led Riser, 54,449 (59.7) to 36,837 (40.3 percent), with all 981 precincts reporting. McAllister won fourteen of the twenty-four parishes in the district, including large margins in Ouachita and Rapides. McAllister had criticized Governor Bobby Jindal for not extending Medicaid to qualified poor Louisianians, and Riser had endorsed the governor's refusal.
Analysts considered McAllister's victory as a rejection of Jindal's efforts to have the seat vacated and to replace Alexander with his hand-picked candidate in a low-turnout special election. The runoff turnout was less than 19%, three percent less than in the primary.
Previously the seat was held by Rodney Alexander, who in 2004 had switched from the Democratic Party to the GOP. Alexander resigned on September 26, 2013 to become secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs under Governor Jindal.
Originally 14 candidates ran to succeed Alexander, including Clyde C. Holloway, a former representative from Louisiana's 8th congressional district, since disbanded. Riser and McAllister emerged from the primary to meet in the runoff.
Recent presidential elections
|Election results from presidential races|
List of members representing the district
Recent election results
|Democratic||Rodney Alexander (Incumbent)||86,718||50.28|
|Republican||Rodney Alexander (Incumbent)||141,495||59.44|
|Democratic||Zelma "Tisa" Blakes||58,591||24.61|
|Republican||John W. "Jock" Scott||37,971||15.95|
|Republican gain from Democratic|
- NOTE: Rodney Alexander switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party.
|Republican||Rodney Alexander (incumbent)||78,211||68.26|
|Democratic||Gloria Williams Hearn||33,233||29.00|
|Republican||Rodney Alexander (incumbent)||100.00|
|Republican||Rodney Alexander (incumbent)||122,033||78.57|
|Independent||Tom Gibbs Jr.||33,279||21.43|
|Republican||Rodney Alexander (incumbent)||202,536||77.83|
|No Party||"Ron" Ceasar||37,486||14.41|
|Libertarian||Clay Steven Grant||20,194||7.76|
|Republican||Vance M. McAllister||26,606||11.11|
|Republican||Clyde C. Holloway||17,877||7.46|
|Green||Eliot S. Barron||1,655||0.69|
|Democratic||Jessee Carlton Fleenor||67,118||29.97|
|Democratic||Sandra "Candy" Shoemaker-Christophe||50,812||16.41|
|Democratic||Martin Lemelle Jr.||32,186||10.40|
|Republican||Allen Guillory Sr.||22,496||7.27|
|Democratic||Jesse P. Lagarde||7,136||2.30|
|Democratic||Sandra "Candy" Christophe||28,255||27.27|
|No party preference||Jim Davis||402||0.39|
|Republican||M.V. "Vinny" Mendoza||236||0.23|
|Republican||Richard H. Pannell||67||0.06|
|Republican||Horace Melton III||62||0.06|
|Republican||Errol Victor Sr.||36||0.03|
Historical district boundaries
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- "5th congressional district special election returns, November 16, 2013". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
- 'Riser, Alexander and Jindal' Archived August 26, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, The Advocate, James Gill, November 3, 2013. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
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- "Congressman-elect Luke Letlow dies from Covid complications days before being sworn in". NBC News. December 29, 2020. Retrieved December 30, 2020.
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