Appellate court judge recommends Pa. congressional map favored by GOP lawmakers

Written by on February 7, 2022

Appellate court judge recommends Pa. congressional map favored by GOP lawmakers

By The Associated Press
February 7, 2022

Pennsylvania’s state Supreme Court will consider a new map of congressional districts being recommended by a lower court judge who picked a proposal favored by top Republican lawmakers, but opposed by Democrats.

The map recommended Monday by Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough, a Republican, came from a pool of more than a dozen submitted to the court.

The map passed the Republican-controlled Legislature without support from a single Democratic lawmaker and was vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

It sides with Republicans on the most prominent areas of disagreement between partisans. The state Supreme Court — with a 5-2 Democratic majority — will make the ultimate decision.

In 1992, when a similar process played out, the high court went along with the lower court judge’s recommendation.

Pennsylvania, like most other states, must redraw its congressional district boundaries to account for a decade of demographic shifts. The new districts must take effect in this year’s election, to last until 2032’s election.

The new congressional map will account for the loss of a single House seat because of Pennsylvania’s comparatively slow population growth. Pennsylvania has 18 House seats now but the congressional delegation will dip to 17 members next year.

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