Pennsylvania has lost his many seats in Congress since 1910
Apr 27 2021
The Census plans to release more detailed numbers for legislative and congressional redistricting by the end of September, a later date than usual that will force MA and other states to scramble to examine district lines.
Colorado, Montana and OR were the only western states to add seats after the census showed the population had increased in those states.
On the other hand, seven states, including California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, were set to lose one seat in the chamber each.
Still, political flashpoints loom as Republicans and Democrats prepare to hash out new maps for the state's 10 congressional and 49 legislative districts, a process controlled by a bipartisan redistricting commission. If the state of NY had counted just 89 more people in the Census, he said, it would have vaulted over Minnesota to get the 435th of 435 House seats allotted.
"There are states like Texas and Florida that definitely are experiencing natural increase-again more births than deaths, and these types of states are also experiencing a lot of migration and net migration, be it people moving internationally into those states, or people moving domestically into those states", Battle added later.
NY congressional delegation will drop to 26 next year after the once-a-decade reapportionment process is completed.
"I am extremely pleased that we will keep all seven of our current seats in the U.S. House to provide valued and needed voices to advocate for our state and our people for the next 10 years". The Census Bureau says NY lost its seat by a mere 89 people.
NY managed to avoid taking a bigger hit after the census count showed the state's overall population grew by about 4.2% from 19.37 million in 2010 to 20.2 million previous year.
Although Utah will not add a new member to the its congressional delegation, the state is still preparing to redraw new boundaries for congress, state legislature and school board this year. The remaining 385 seats are distributed based on the census population data. As states grow because of population gains, they receive more representation in Congress, while states that either lose population or do not grow as fast lose House seats.
Texas gained two seats in Congress, which is one seat lower than what was expected by earlier Census estimates.
Dennis noted that Georgia does not have an independent redistricting commission, creating the possibility that district maps will be drawn by the same politicians likely running for reelection.
If it comes to fruition, there will be a renewed push to re-draw districts. Colorado, Montana, Florida, North Carolina, and OR each gained one seat.
This decade's population count is particularly hard to assess - with results delayed due to the coronavirus, and a prolonged court fight over how to count people without legal immigration status.
The losses in congressional seats could affect Detroit, which shares the 14th and 13th Congressional Districts with some of its suburbs. The same was true of Wisconsin, which experienced 3.6% boost in their population in the last decade.
Joe Fain, a former state senator, and Paul Graves, who served in the state House of Representatives, are the GOP members.