State Legislative Update
The Joint Legislative Committee on Redistricting has wrapped up its listening tour around the state and we anticipate we’ll see the state’s new district maps soon as legislators are expected to return to Charleston in October to vote on the new maps. This is an exciting time for all the political wonks out there [yes, even more exciting than the 17-year cicadas because democracy and freedom are at stake] since redistricting is only done every 10 years. Republicans in West Virginia have not had the map-drawing pen in over 80 years. Yes, you read that right. Over 80 years. As a result of our state’s population loss, we will lose one congressional seat, reducing our representation in Congress from three to two. However, Jefferson County, because of our population increase, will gain representation in Charleston.
You can keep up with the legislature through their regular blog.