Alabama to keep all 7 congressional districts, Census announces

Elias Hubbard
April 27, 2021

The U.S. Census Bureau announced Monday that the total population of the United States is 331,449,281 as the country grew at its second-slowest rate in history, 7.4%.

The state will retain its nine districts after seeing a 7.4% increase in population since 2010.

The Longhorn State is the big victor, adding two congressional seats courtesy of 4 million new residents.

Also, the rules the state they will use to redraw the districts were revamped just previous year when voters repealed parts of a first-of-its-kind 2018 initiative for drawing fair and competitive legislative districts.

OREGON - Oregon is getting a new congressional seat for the first time in 40 years, going from five House members to six.

Census officials said NY is among seven states that will each lose one House seat next year. California, the most populous US state, lost a congressional seat for the first time in its 170-year history.

NY and California are each to lose a single congressional seat under the results the Census Bureau released Monday from its decennial count - in a blow to two of the nation's most populous states. Initial estimates released last December suggested the state would fall some 25,000 people short of keeping the eighth seat, which left most of the state's political class all but certain it would happen.

Minnesota edged out NY for the 435th and final seat to be awarded in the U.S. House of Representatives based on the 2020 Census, the officials said.

Joe Fain, a former state senator, and Paul Graves, who served in the state House of Representatives, are the GOP members.

The change means NY will have lost a total of 13 House seats since the 1970s, when the state had 39 House members.

Republicans control 61 legislative chambers, compared to 37 that Democrats control, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

"If New York had had 89 more people they would have received one more seat instead of the last state that received their last seat, ' said Kristin Koslap, a Census Bureau technical expert".

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.

Montana, which for decades has had a single at-large seat, goes to two congressional districts.

The new configuration of House seats means that states with gains or losses will need to redistrict, a process that has in the past led both parties to try to skew the districts to benefit one party over another, known as gerrymandering. A bipartisan group of lawmakers recently renewed a push in Congress to formally extend legal reporting deadlines for the 2020 count.

"We also have to make sure we preserve the minority-majority district that's located in Eastern Massachusetts that was constructed after the last census, in 2010", Galvin said, referring to the 7th District represented by Rep. Ayanna Pressley.

Alabama's official population reported Monday was almost 109,000 people higher than the last state population estimate, released earlier this year.

With a politically divided state Legislature, and the state's congressional delegation split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, Peppin said incumbents have much less to worry about now.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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