Numbers Don't Support Nine Missouri Congressional Seats
JEFFERSON CITY - State officials met Tuesday to report that the 2010 Census Bureau population report didn’t bring Missouri good news. The state's increase in population was not high enough to keep it from losing one congressional seat. A 12-member panel has been appointed to redraw Missouri’s nine congressional districts into eight.
This means each representative will be representing more Missourians in their district. The panel, led by Republican state representative John Diehl, consists of eight republicans and four democrats. The panel will use the population report to redraw a new map to adequately represent Missouri. This could also mean longer delays with issues regarding federal help.
Some speculate U.S. Representative Russ Carnahan of the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri may be be the one to lose his seat. This would be a major loss for Democrats due to the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives.
Missouri has not lost a congressional seat since 1980. Other states each losing one seat are Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. New York and Ohio loses two seats in the next Congress. Texas gains four house seats and Florida another two. Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington each gain a house seat.