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The 2010 Census to Virginia conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau delivered results that demonstrated precise population growth in the Commonwealth. Under the Constitutional requirement of one person one vote, the State Legislature was required to draw each House and Senate legislative district to reflect equal apportionment utilizing the new population numbers. The new lines would also reflect compliance with a provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which prohibits discriminatory reapportionment lines.
I was heavily invested in the Governor's actions on legislation and played a legal and negotiating role in the redistricting process that became around-the-clock work. I centered my work around the belief that the redistricting process should result in legislative districts that are compact, contiguous, share a common interest and provide voters with fair representation.
In April 2011, the General Assembly approved a final plan to redraw the state’s legislative districts. The boundaries of all 140 districts were redrawn to reflect population shifts reported in the 2010 census. The House of Delegates plan added three new seats in Northern Virginia, and the Senate plan shifted a seat to Northern Virginia to accommodate the population increase.
The final compromise bill was signed into law by the Governor in April, and in July it was also approved by the Department of Justice. Federal approval means that all redrawn Virginia Senate and House of Delegates districts have been approved and were used in the August 2011 primaries and will be used in the November 2011 general election.
Please click here to see the new list of precincts in the 27th District
In advance of the 2012 elections, the boundaries of Virginia’s state congressional districts are also being redrawn to reflect population changes. The districts should reflect bipartisan support and be fair, equitable and best represent the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Map of the 27th District
Map courtesy of VPAP (Virginia Public Access Project)