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The 3rd Louisiana Congressional District surrounds the southern tier of the Greater New Orleansmarker area. The district contains large portions of southeast and south central Louisianamarker, including River Parishes and East Acadiana. It contains the cities of Chalmettemarker, Gonzalesmarker, Houma, Thibodaux, Morgan Citymarker, and New Iberiamarker.

Louisiana gained its second and third congressional districts in 1823 as part of the 18th United States Congress. Since at least the 1870s, the district has borne heavy influence of south Louisiana's Acadian culture and several of the related parishes.

Although through much of its history the 3rd District has been Democratic, it is the sole district in Louisiana to have been represented by three parties during the 20th century, in that Whitmell P. Martin represented the district as a "Bull Moose" Progressive from 1915 to 1919, when he switched to the Democrats; Martin remained in office as a Democrat until his death in 1929. The district became more competitive for the Republicans later in the 20th century, in 1972 electing Dave Treen Louisiana's first Republican congressman since Reconstruction.

Redistricting in the 1990s pushed the district out of the fast-growing suburbs of Metairiemarker and the city of Kenner, to help keep the seat in the hands of Treen's Democratic successor, Billy Tauzin. Tauzin eventually switched to the Republican Party in 1995, making the 3rd district also unique in 20th-century Louisiana politics as the sole district to have two representatives who switched parties (Martin, who switched from the "Bull Moose" Progressives to the Democrats in 1918, and Tauzin, who switched from the Democrats to the Republicans in 1995). As a Republican, Tauzin continued to serve until retiring from Congress in 2005. Democrat Charlie Melancon won the seat in 2004 (seated in 2005), was reelected in 2006, and was unopposed in 2008.


Representatives

Representative Party Term District home Notes
District created March 4, 1823
William Leigh Brent Adams-Clay D-R March 4, 1823 - March 3, 1825 Saint Martinvillemarker
Adams March 4, 1825 - March 3, 1829 Returned to practice of law
Walter Hampden Overton Jacksonian March 4, 1829 - March 3, 1831 Rapides Parishmarker Returned to his cotton plantation

Henry Adams Bullard Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1831 - January 4, 1834 Resigned after being appointed judge of Supreme Court of Louisianamarker

Rice Garland Anti-Jacksonian April 28, 1834 - March 3, 1837
Whig March 4, 1837 - July 21, 1840 Resigned after being appointed judge of Supreme Court of Louisianamarker

John Moore Whig December 17, 1840 - March 3, 1843

John Bennett Dawson Democratic March 4, 1843 - ????, 1845 Redistricted from the 2nd district

John Henry Harmanson Democratic ????, 1845 - October 24, 1850 Died

Alexander Gordon Penn Democratic December 30, 1850 - March 3, 1853

John Perkins Jr. Democratic March 4, 1853 - March 3, 1855

Thomas Green Davidson Democratic March 4, 1855 - March 3, 1861
Civil War and Reconstruction
Joseph Parkinson Newsham Republican July 18, 1868 - March 3, 1869 Saint Francisvillemarker

Chester Bidwell Darrall Republican March 4, 1869 - February 20, 1878 Morgan Citymarker Election contested by Joseph H. Acklen

Joseph H. Acklen Democratic February 20, 1878 - March 3, 1881 Saint Mary Parish Successfully contested 1876 election

Chester Bidwell Darrall Republican March 4, 1881 - March 3, 1883 Morgan Citymarker Lost reelection to William Pitt Kellogg

William Pitt Kellogg Republican March 4, 1883 - March 3, 1885 New Orleansmarker Defeated by Edward James Gay

Edward James Gay Democratic March 4, 1885 - May 30, 1889 New Orleansmarker Died

Vacant May 30, 1889 - December 2, 1889

Andrew Price Democratic December 2, 1889 - March 3, 1897 Franklinmarker

Robert Foligny Broussard Democratic March 4, 1897 - March 3, 1915 New Iberiamarker Elected to the United States Senate

Whitmell P. Martin Progressive March 4, 1915 - March 3, 1919 Thibodaux Changed party
Democratic March 4, 1919 - April 6, 1929 Thibodaux Died

Numa Francois Montet Democratic August 6, 1929 - January 3, 1937 Thibodaux Defeated in Democratic primary election

Robert L. Mouton Democratic January 3, 1937 - January 3, 1941 Lafayettemarker Lost Democratic primary to James Domengeaux
James Domengeaux Democratic January 3, 1941 - April 15, 1944 Lafayettemarker Resigned to join Armed Forces

Vacant April 15, 1944 - November 7, 1944

James Domengeaux Democratic November 7, 1944 - January 3, 1949 Lafayettemarker Re-elected to fill his own vacancy, Unsuccessfully sought election to the U.S. Senate

Edwin E. Willis Democratic January 3, 1949 - January 3, 1969 Arnaudvillemarker Lost Democratic primary to Patrick T. Caffery

Patrick T. Caffery Democratic January 3, 1969 - January 3, 1973 New Iberiamarker Returned to law practice in New Iberia, did not seek re-election
David C. Treen Republican January 3, 1973 - March 10, 1980 Metairiemarker Resigned to become Governor of Louisiana
Billy Tauzin Democratic May 22, 1980 - August 8, 1995 Chackbaymarker Changed party
Republican August 8, 1995 - January 3, 2005 Chackbaymarker Retired from Congress
Charlie Melancon Democratic January 3, 2005 - present Napoleonvillemarker Seeking U.S. Senate seat in 2010


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