Map of the 5th congressional district (in purple), from 2013 to 2023
Boott Cotton Mill, Museum and Trolley - Lowell Nat'l. Historical Park
Map of Cambridge, noting Wards, Precincts and congressional districts, including the 5th district (in green) and the 7th district (in orange), starting in 2013.
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska
The district from 2003 to 2013
Tsongas presidential campaign bumper sticker
New Hampshire delegates for Tsongas on the DNC convention floor
Madison Square Garden, site of the 1992 Democratic National Convention
Tsongas Center, Lowell, Massachusetts
Tsongas's gravestone in Lowell Cemetery

In 1974, he was elected to the House of Representatives representing Massachusetts's 5th congressional district, after defeating incumbent Paul W. Cronin.

- Paul Tsongas

Before Paul Tsongas' victory that year, it had only elected three Democrats in its entire existence and had been in Republican hands since 1895.

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2007 Massachusetts's 5th congressional district special election

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Massachusetts held a special election to fill a vacancy in Massachusetts's 5th congressional district on October 16, 2007.

No Republican had held the 5th congressional district's seat since Paul W. Cronin departed from office in 1975 after his defeat by Democrat Paul Tsongas in 1974.