West Virginia's 5th congressional district is an obsolete district existing from 1903 to 1973. While the district's bounds were changed over the years, for most of its existence it was focused on Bluefield and the coal producing southwestern part of the state. For the last 40 years of its existence, it was held by the Kee family. In the 1970 redistricting, most of the district was combined with the 4th District. Today, most of the old 5th District's territory forms the southern third of the 3rd District.


The Fifth District was formed in 1902. It was originally formed of Mason, Putnam, Cabell, Lincoln, Wayne, Boone, Lincoln, Mingo, Raleigh, Wyoming, McDowell, and Mercer counties. It was revised in 1916 to consist of Wayne, Lincoln, Mingo, Logan, McDowell, Wyoming, Mercer, Summers, and Monroe counties. In 1934, Wayne, Lincoln, and Logan were removed and Greenbrier was added. It was unchanged for 1952. In 1962, Greenbrier was removed and Fayette was added. The district was abolished in the 1972 redistricting.

List of representatives

Representative Party Dates Notes
District created March 4, 1903
James A. Hughes (West Virginia Congressman).jpg James A. Hughes Republican March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1915 Redistricted from the 4th district
No image.svg Edward Cooper Republican March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1919
Wells Goodykoontz Republican March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1923
ThomasJeffersonLilly.jpg Thomas J. Lilly Democratic March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1925
JamesFStrother.jpg James F. Strother Republican March 4, 1925 – March 3, 1929
HughIShott.jpg Hugh I. Shott Republican March 4, 1929 – March 3, 1933
John Kee US Cong.jpg John Kee Democratic March 4, 1933 – May 8, 1951 Died
Vacant May 8, 1951 – July 17, 1951
Maude Elizabeth Kee.jpg Elizabeth Kee Democratic July 17, 1951 – January 3, 1965
James Kee 89th Congress 1965.jpg James Kee Democratic January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1973
District eliminated January 3, 1973


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  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present