On Tuesday, a five-judge panel unveiled its plan for redistricting Minnesota’s state Senate and House districts. The new district lines will go into effect for this fall's election meaning Minnesotans will certainly have an interest in learning about their new lines.
I want to make one thing clear: Redistricting will not affect how I go about doing my job as a state representative. My number one concern has been, and always will be, the people I represent. This means that I will continue to fight for Minnesota’s middle class, to work on policies that promote job creation and to ensure that our children are guaranteed a quality education.
Redistricting occurs every 10 years after the national census to reflect changes to Minnesota’s population. Our state’s population is now 5,303,925, an increase of 7.8 percent from 2000. In drawing the new district lines, the panel sought to have each House member represent approximately 39,582 residents and each Senate member approximately 79,163.
As we learn more about the new district lines, I will do my best to provide information on how the new boundaries will affect you. And I encourage any constituent who may have questions about the new district lines to contact me and I will do my best to answer them.
The judicial panel redistricting maps are posted at the following website: http://www.gis.leg.mn/html/redistricting.html.
Thank you again for the honor of serving you in the legislature. You can reach me by phone at (651) 296-3751, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by sending mail to my office: 229 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155.