In breaking news, red states have gained five of the seven news seats in Congress, after a reapportionment based on the 2020 Census.
California will lose one congressional seat next year because its population growth has been slower than other states, marking the first time in California’s 170-year history that its political power will shrink in Congress.
The change, announced Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau, means California will contest 52 House of Representatives seats in the 2022 election and lose one electoral vote in the 2024 presidential election.
The lost seat is expected to come from the Los Angeles area, though lines are likely to be redrawn throughout the state. Other states with bigger population gains will pick up seats, notably Texas, which will add two.
Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon will each gain a seat. In addition to California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia will each lose a seat.
California remained by far the state with the nation’s largest population, 39.5 million. Nationally, population grew 7.4% during the decade. But because California grew at a 6.1% pace, it lost a seat.
So California, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia all lost one seat.
States gaining seats in reapportionment: Texas +2 N. Carolina +1 Colorado +1 Oregon +1 Montana +1 Florida +1 States losing seats: California -1 New York -1 Illinois -1 Michigan -1 Ohio -1 W. Virginia -1 Pennsylvania -1
Citizen First News Staff