District Description: includes the counties of Albemarle, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Franklin, Greene, Halifax, Lunenburg, Madison, Mecklenburg, Nelson, Pittsylvania, Prince Edward, Rappahannock, and portions of Bedford, Fauquier, and Henry counties; and the cities of Charlottesville and Danville.
Representative: Denver Riggleman (R)
2018 Election Results:
Denver Riggleman (R) 53.2% - 165,476
Leslie Cockburn (D) 46.8% - 145,685
Total votes: 311,161
Washington DC Office (Tom Garrett's offices):
Washington DC Office:
415 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
686 Berkmar Circle 2nd Floor
Charlottesville, VA 22901
308 Craghead Street Suite 102D
Danville, VA 24541
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Virginia’s fifth congressional district is a United States congressional district in the commonwealth of Virginia. It is Virginia’s largest district with an area of 10,181.03 square miles (26,368.7 km2) – and is larger in area than six US states.
The district’s first representative in Congress was James Madison, later the 4th President of the United States. The current Congressman is Republican Thomas Garrett, Jr..
Historically, the 5th was one of the first districts of Virginia to turn Republican – though unlike the 6th where the decisive factor was ticket-splitting by Byrd Organization Democrats, here the decisive factor was the growth of middle-class Republicanism in the Charlottesville metropolitan area. In the decade precedingthe Voting Rights Act, these were joined by a significant proportion of Virginia’s limited and almost entirely white electorate who preferred GOP positions on black civil rights. The district was to be one of two in Virginia giving a plurality to segregationist George Wallace in 1968, and has never supported a Democrat for President since Harry S. Truman.
Despite being traditionally Republican, in 2008 Democrat Tom Perriello defeated six-term Republican incumbent Virgil H. Goode, Jr. by running on a progressive platform. Perriello lost to Republican Robert Hurt in 2010.
2018 Campaign Contributions
From financial reports submitted to the Federal Election Commission.
|Name||Party||Receipts*||Disbursements**||Cash on hand||Date|
|Denver Riggleman||Republican Party||$912,565||$407,475||$505,089||As of September 30, 2018|
|Leslie Cockburn||Democratic Party||$2,435,653||$1,406,008||$1,029,644||As of September 30, 2018|
Recent Election Results
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Heading into the election, Ballotpedia rated this race as safely Republican. Tom Garrett (R) defeated Jane Dittmar (D) in the general election on November 8, 2016. Garrett defeated Jim McKelvey, Michael Del Rosso, and Joe Whited at the Republican convention on May 14, 2016.
|U.S. House, Virginia District 5 General Election, 2016|
|Source: Virginia Department of Elections|
- See also: Virginia’s 5th Congressional District elections, 2014
Incumbent Robert Hurt won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. He defeated Lawrence Gaughan(D), Libertarian Paul Jones and Green Party candidate Kenneth Hildebrandt in the general election.