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Subject: Mick Mulvaney, John Spratt, South Carolina's congressional districts, United States House of Representatives elections, 2010, Chesterfield County, South Carolina
Collection: Cherokee County, South Carolina, Chester County, South Carolina, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Congressional Districts of South Carolina, Darlington County, South Carolina, Dillon County, South Carolina, Fairfield County, South Carolina, Florence County, South Carolina, Kershaw County, South Carolina, Lancaster County, South Carolina, Lee County, South Carolina, Marlboro County, South Carolina, Newberry County, South Carolina, Sumter County, South Carolina, York County, South Carolina
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South Carolina's 5th congressional district

South Carolina's 5th congressional district
South Carolina's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
South Carolina's 5th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Mick Mulvaney (RLancaster)
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+9

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.


  • List of representatives 1
  • Historical district boundaries 2
  • In popular culture 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

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 9, 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 Jacksonian
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 Democratic Abbeville
James L. Orr March 4, 1853 March 3, 1859 Democratic Anderson Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1857–1859
John D. Ashmore March 4, 1859 December 21, 1860 Democratic Greenville Resigned
District eliminated in 1867 - Civil War - Occupation and Reconstruction
District re-established 1875
Robert Smalls March 4, 1875 March 3, 1879 Republican Beaufort
George D. Tillman March 4, 1879 July 19, 1882 Democratic 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 Democratic Chester
Thomas J. Strait March 4, 1893 March 3, 1899 Democratic Lancaster
David E. Finley March 4, 1899 January 26, 1917 Democratic York Died
Paul G. McCorkle February 21, 1917 March 3, 1917 Democratic York
William F. Stevenson March 4, 1917 March 3, 1933 Democratic Cheraw
James P. Richards March 4, 1933 January 3, 1957 Democratic Lancaster
Robert W. Hemphill January 3, 1957 May 1, 1964 Democratic 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 Democratic Rock Hill
Kenneth L. Holland January 3, 1975 January 3, 1983 Democratic Gaffney
John M. Spratt, Jr. January 3, 1983 January 3, 2011 Democratic York Defeated for re-election
Mick Mulvaney January 3, 2011 Present Republican Lancaster

Historical district boundaries

1995 - 2013

In popular culture

See also


  • 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

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