September 28 (UPI) – Oregon is the first state to approve a new congressional map after the 2020 census, CNN reported.
Gov. Kate Brown approved the bills to formalize the new map the same day lawmakers passed them to meet a deadline set by the Oregon Supreme Court earlier this year to complete the redistribution process. The deadline set by the state’s highest court gave state officials nearly three more months to complete the process after delays by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Oregon won one House seat ahead of the 2022 midterm election, along with Florida, North Carolina, Colorado and Montana, and Texas won two based on Census data. Office once per decade on which district maps are redrawn. In contrast, New York, California, West Virginia, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan each lost one seat.
“For the first time in 40 years, Oregon is winning a seat in Congress – another member of the delegation to defend the common good of all Oregonians,” Brown said in a statement after signing the redistribution bills .
“Redistribution is a process that necessarily involves compromise, and I appreciate that the legislature is striving to balance the diverse interests of all Oregonians,” Brown added.
The new map creates three extremely secure Democratic seats and one seat tilted in their favor, an additional secure Republican seat and another seat tied 50-50 in how voters have voted since 2015, according to The Oregonian / OregonLive .
Democrats changed the map to get some Republican support before it was passed.
The original card would have given Democrats five seats in the United States House that they were almost certain to win and Republicans one of those seats, The Oregonian reported.
Yet the redistribution bill was passed mainly along the lines of the Democratic Party.
Representative Suzanne Weber, R-Tillamook, told the Oregonian that 16 of 23 Republicans to provide the quorum Democrats needed showed up on Capitol Hill on Monday lest if they did not show up, the secretary of Democratic state Shemia Fagan would draw the most beneficial card for his party.
Republicans boycotted a Saturday sitting in the House to prevent the passage of cards after House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, broke a deal she made earlier this year to share power in redistribution in exchange for the abandonment of delay tactics by the Republicans.
House Republican Minority Leader Christine Drazan brought forward a motion after the House passed the redistribution cards to censor Kotek for breaking the deal.
Drazan previously referred to the redistribution cards as “gerrymandered,” referring to the process of border manipulation to favor a particular party.
“They are clearly committed to adopting a gerrymandered congressional map for the state of Oregon,” Drazan told The Hill last week. “These cards are clearly cardholder protection cards that are meant to benefit the Democratic Party. There is no getting around that.”