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The Fifth Congressional District of Washington encompasses the Eastern Washington counties of Okanoganmarker, Ferrymarker, Stevensmarker, Pend Oreillemarker, Lincolnmarker, Spokanemarker, Adamsmarker, Whitmanmarker, Walla Wallamarker, Columbiamarker, Garfieldmarker, and Asotinmarker. It is centered around Spokanemarker, the state's second largest city.

Since 2005, the 5th District has been represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican. Rodgers's predecessor, George Nethercutt, defeated Tom Foley, then Speaker of the House in the 1994 elections. Foley had held the seat for 30 years.

In presidential elections, the 5th District was once fairly competitive, but in recent years has generally been a safe bet for the Republicans. Although George W. Bush carried the district with 57% in 2000 and 2004, John McCain just narrowly won the district with 52% of the vote while Barack Obama received 46% in 2008.


Representative Party Term
Clarence C. Dill Democratic 1915 – 1919
John Stanley Webster Republican 1919 – 1923
Samuel Billingsley Hill Democratic 1923 – 1937
Charles Henry Leavy Democratic 1937 – 1943
Walter Franklin Horan Republican 1943 – 1965
Thomas Stephen Foley Democratic 1965 – 1995
George R. Nethercutt Jr. Republican 1995 – 2005
Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican 2005 – present

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