5th Congressional District of Virginia

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Parts of Charlottesville and Albemarle County are represented in Virginia's fifth congressional district. It is Virginia's largest congressional district by area at 10,181.03 square miles.

The district is generally south of Albemarle, containing parts of the surrounding Greene County Nelson County, Fluvanna County and Buckingham County, and further afield, Campbell, Bedford, Cumberland, Appomattox, Prince Edward, Charlotte, Lunenburg, Franklin, Henry, Pittsylvania, Halifax, Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Fauquier, Rappahannock and Madison County, as well as the cities of Bedford and Danville.

Election history


Incumbent Denver Riggleman of Nelson County was defeated by challenger Bob Good in a drive-thru convention held at the Tree of Life Ministries in Campbell County. There were 2,437 delegates and Good won 58 percent of the vote. [1] [2]


The current[when?] incumbent, Republican Robert Hurt, is not seeking a fourth term creating an open seat.

Former Albemarle County supervisor Jane Dittmar became the Democratic nominee in early May 2006. Another Democrat, Ericke Cage, dropped out on January 25, 2016. [3]

The Republican candidate is State Senator 5th Congressional District of Virginia on wikipedia. [4]

Garrett was selected at a convention on May 14, 2016. [5] Other candidates were entrpreneur Jim McKelvey, Michael Del Rosso and Joseph Whited. [6] [7] [8] Andrew Griffin had been a candidate but dropped out of the race.


Five people are seeking the Democratic nomination to face freshman incumbent Tom Garrett. The Democrats will a convention rather than a primary.

The Democratic candidates are: [9]


  1. Web. Bob Good defeats Rep. Denver Riggleman in Republican convention for 5th District, Amy Friedenburger, News Article, Roanoke Times, June 14, 2020, retrieved June 15, 2020.
  2. Web. Rep. Denver Riggleman beat out by Bob Good in GOP primary convention, Ali Sullivan, News Article, Cavalier Daily, June 14, 2020, retrieved June 15, 2020.
  3. Web. Cage drops out of 5th District race, Chris Suarez, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 25, 2016, retrieved January 25, 2016.
  4. Web. [1], retrieved May 16, 2016.
  5. Web. Four battle for GOP nomination in 5th District, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, May 8, 2016, retrieved May 9, 2016.
  6. Web. Ballotpedia - Virginia's 5th Congressional District election 2016, Ballotpedia, retrieved January 6, 2016.
  7. Web. National intelligence advisor enters race for 5th House of Representative seat, Alex Rohr, Lynchburg News & Advance, January 26, 2016, retrieved January 26, 2016.
  8. Web. Lynchburg man becomes 5th GOP candidate for Hurt’s seat, Dean Seal, Lynchburg News & Advance, February 5, 2016, retrieved February 7, 2016.
  9. Web. US House of Representatives District 5, Virginia Public Access Project, retrieved January 29, 2018.