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The 5th district boundaries for the 106th Congress, prior to redistricting in 2002
Michigan's 5th congressional district is a United Statesmarker congressional district in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

It is currently a mostly industrial area , with Tuscola County being the main exception. It encompasses much of the area south of Saginaw Baymarker. It consists of all of Tuscola and Geneseemarker counties and the southeast portion of Baymarker and the eastern portion of Saginawmarker counties in the eastern-central portion of the state. The seat of the district is currently occupied by Democrat Dale E. Kildee, who typically faces little opposition in this predominantly Democratic district.


From 1873 to 1993, the 5th was not big based in the Grand Rapidsmarker area of Western Michigan. Its most notable occupant was Gerald Ford, who in 1974 became the 38th President of the United States upon the redsignation of Richard Nixon, at the height of the infamous Watergate Scandal. From 1993 to 2003, it was drawn as a district including Bay Citymarker, Saginawmarker and the Thumb.

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The following is a list of all occupants of the congressional seat since the district was created at the start of the 38th Congress

Representative Party Term
Augustus C. Baldwin Union Democrat 1863 – 1865
Rowland E. Trowbridge Republican 1865 – 1869
Omar D. Conger Republican 1869 – 1873
Wilder D. Foster Republican 1873 – 1875
William B. Williams Republican 1875 – 1877
John W. Stone Republican 1877 – 1881
George W. Webber Republican 1881 – 1883
Julius Houseman Democrat 1883 – 1885
Charles C. Comstock Democrat 1885 – 1887
Melbourne H. Ford Democrat 1887 – 1889
Charles E. Belknap Republican 1889 – 1891
Melbourne H. Ford Democrat 1891 – 1891
Charles E. Belknap Republican 1891 – 1893
George F. Richardson Democrat 1893 – 1895
William Alden Smith Republican 1895 – 1907
Gerrit J. Diekema Republican 1907 – 1911
Edwin F. Sweet Democrat 1911 – 1913
Carl Mapes Republican 1913 – 1939
Bartel J. Jonkman Republican 1940 – 1949
Gerald Ford Republican 1949 – 1973
Richard VanderVeen Democrat 1974 – 1977
Harold S. Sawyer Republican 1977 – 1985
Paul B. Henry Republican 1985 – 1993
James A. Barcia Democrat 1993 – 2003
Dale E. Kildee Democrat 2003 – present


  1. Congressman Dale Kildee - 5th District of Michigan
  2. Michigan Liberal: Michigan Politics Blog


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