Where We Fall: Legislators React to Redrawn Districts
Florissant goes from 75th District to being in the 68th District.
The judicial panel charged with redrawing state legislative boundaries finished its work Wednesday, leaving lawmakers, campaign strategists and voters to look at the new setup and how it impacts them.
While it looks like the Florissant Senate lines remain intact, the House lines have changed tremendously.
The maps, which area available on the state Office of Administration website, were drawn by a six-member panel of Court of Appeals judges. The state Supreme Court picked the judges to draw the maps after the governor appointed bipartisan commissions failed to reach an agreement.
The shift is the result of redistricting that happens every 10 years in conjunction with the U.S. Census, a news release from Missouri's Appellate Apportionment Commission states. New maps for both the state Senate and House of Representatives have been submitted to the secretary of state by the commission. Unless they are challenged in court, the maps will take effect in time for the 2012 election cycle.
"We have worked collaboratively to draw maps that comply with the constitution, the Voting Rights Act, and other legal requirements," Commission Chair Lisa White Hardwick stated in a media release.
The new House of Representatives Apportionment Committee map places the City of Florissant into the 68th district. What was once the 75th district, now comprises parts of Dellwood, Calverton Park and Black Jack into it.
Representative Bert Atkins said he’s awaiting a more detailed map of the geographic area, but he’s noticed a larger area of Florissant is incorporated into the district.
Representative Atkins said that he will run for the 68th district seat in 2012, but he doesn’t know about his possible opposition.
“I didn’t get redistricted with another incumbent representative,” he said. “It does not prevent another incumbent from running in the 68th.”
Florissant will remain a part of the 13th State Senate district with Sen. Tim Green.
According to the St. Louis Beacon, District 7 State Senator Jane Cunningham (R-Chesterfield), plans to run for re-election in 2012 in the newly drawn 27th District, which will now stretch from part of Chesterfield due south to Dittmer and into Arnold near the Highway 141 corridor.
Lawmakers were scrambling Wednesday to figure out what it all means.
"What I don't know is if I live in the district," said State Senator John Lamping (R-Ladue). He added he was "very disappointed" that the St. Louis region appeared to be losing one state senate voice in the process.
State Rep. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) wrote in an email to Patch that St. Louis was the "economic engine" of the state and needed to be well-represented in the legislature.
"Re-districting is the time when we all wonder whether there was more that could have been done to make sure everyone was counted in the census process. These procedures matter!," she said.