Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District

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Louisiana's 5th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The district covers most of the northeastern and central portions of the state and contains the cities of Monroe and Alexandria. On November 16, 2013, the Republican newcomer Vance McAllister, a businessman from Swartz, handily defeated State Senator Neil Riser of Columbia in Caldwell Parish to claim the seat in a special election. McAllister led Riser, 54,449 to 36,837, 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 Jindal for not extending Medicaid to qualified poor Louisianians and Riser had endorsed the refusal. The election was seen as a rejection of Governor Bobby 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 what it had been 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 Republican Governor Bobby Jindal. (More from Freebase)

Senators

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David Vitter Republican 9 years in office

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Mary Landrieu Democrat 17 years in office

Representative

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5th District Vance McAllister MyOC Group Republican 1 year in office

District Boundary Map

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