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Mulvaney first local resident to hold seat since 1957

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Mick Mulvaney made history Tuesday night as he became the first Lancaster County resident to return to the state’s 5th Congressional district seat in more than 50 years.
Mulvaney, the state senator for District 16, won the seat over Democratic incumbent John Spratt, who’s held the seat since January 1983.
Mulvaney is the third Lancaster County resident to hold the seat.
The last county resident to hold the office was J.P. Richards, a Heath Springs resident, who served in the U.S. House from 1933 to 1957. Richards, a Democrat, worked as a lawyer and probate court judge in Lancaster County.
The first county resident to hold the seat was Lancaster resident Thomas Strait, a Democrat who served from 1893 to 1899.
Mulvaney also made history as the first Republican to win the seat since Beaufort resident Robert Smalls left office in 1883. Smalls served two terms for the 5th District, first from 1875 to 1879 and then again from 1882 to 1883.
Notable as a former slave who freed himself in 1862, Smalls participated in legislation that created one of the first free public school systems and helped found the state’s Republican Party.
Smalls and Mulvaney are the only two Republicans to have ever won the seat.
The 5th Congressional District includes all of Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Marlboro, Newberry and York counties, as well as parts of Florence, Lee and Sumter counties.