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Oregon lawmakers publish final drafts of redrawn districts ahead of special session

The Oregon House and Senate will meet on Monday to discuss approval of the new legislative and Congressional maps, which will decide how voters are represented in the years ahead.

Posted: Sep 17, 2021 10:52 AM
Updated: Sep 17, 2021 10:57 AM

SALEM, Ore. — This week, lawmakers from the Oregon House and Senate committees tasked with redrawing the state's legislative and Congressional maps released the final draft of their proposals as both chambers prepare to meet Monday to discuss their approval.

Governor Kate Brown called for a special legislative session to convene September 20 in order to finish the redistricting process. The Oregon constitution tasks the legislature with reapportioning legislative districts every ten years after the new US Census.

Though delayed by the pandemic, the 2020 Census successfully wrapped up in October, and Oregon officials learned in April that the state would be one of a handful in the nation to gain a new Congressional seat due to its population growth over the past decade.

One committee each from the Oregon House and Senate, both composed of equal parts Democrats and Republicans, started working earlier this year on the redistricting process. At the beginning of this month, the committees released two drafts of each map before heading into a public comment period. Now on the other side of those hearings, there is just one map each for Oregon's House, Senate, and Congressional districts.


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On Friday, Sen. Kathleen Taylor, Chair of the Senate Redistricting Committee, and Rep. Andrea Salinas, Co-chair of the House Redistricting Committee, issued a statement following the release of legislative and congressional maps:

“As legislators we are public servants. Our commitment is to Oregonians and our job is to produce fair and representative maps that reflect Oregon’s population growth, align with statutory and constitutional criteria, and ensure public participation.

“The maps drawn meet these requirements and the highest of legal standards. The maps are contiguous, of equal population, utilize existing geographic or political boundaries, are connected by transportation links, and reflect the diversity of communities of interest in our state.

“Despite the delayed Census data and the COVID-19 pandemic, we have prioritized an inclusive and accessible process, open to all Oregonians. As a result, we saw nearly 2,000 pieces of testimony submitted from across the state during 22 public hearings held this year. Oregonians showed up and made their voices heard.

“We look forward to sending these maps to the Legislature for consideration during next week’s Special Session.”

Under the new maps, many people in southern Oregon will see some changes in how they are represented, assuming the legislature decides to approve these drafts during the special session that begins Monday.

Perhaps the most consequential change is to the Congressional map, which now includes a new seat in the US House of Representatives. Under the proposal, Oregon's 2nd Congressional District — which covers all of eastern and most of southern and central Oregon — will see new borders.

The 2nd District is currently Oregon's only Congressional seat held by a Republican, US Rep. Cliff Bentz, and has been the only reliably red district at the federal level for years.

The 2nd District would actually expand in southern Oregon, moving its border west to encompass all of Josephine County and much of Douglas County. However, the district would lose areas of north-central Oregon including Hood River, Wasco, Jefferson, and part of Deschutes counties. Those areas would join an expanded 3rd District.

You can view an interactive map with all of the proposed districts here, or access each individual map below:

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Cases: 356061

Reported Deaths: 4275
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Washington38673322
Marion36719454
Clackamas29660309
Lane27624302
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Linn12780130
Douglas12065243
Josephine9349196
Yamhill8674113
Klamath7965118
Polk733681
Malheur561776
Benton546531
Coos501294
Columbia379744
Jefferson372352
Union318449
Lincoln318039
Crook287546
Wasco287441
Clatsop243329
Baker202529
Tillamook196432
Hood River192137
Morrow184423
Curry180025
Harney113726
Grant100013
Lake92412
Wallowa68612
Gilliam1544
Sherman1503
Wheeler1121
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Cases: 4842472

Reported Deaths: 71202
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Riverside3712935030
San Diego3660564183
San Bernardino3582135663
Orange3241845550
Sacramento1593332308
Kern1459621644
Fresno1458772084
Santa Clara1453911896
Alameda1205301400
San Joaquin1025821721
Ventura1009841166
Contra Costa998841008
Stanislaus860701331
Tulare80203967
San Francisco54375646
San Mateo54112622
Monterey50885587
Solano46021341
Santa Barbara45160523
Merced42299581
Sonoma40925402
Placer39342425
Imperial35999766
Kings32801322
San Luis Obispo29945332
Madera23876285
Shasta23851352
Butte23738270
Santa Cruz21018220
Yolo20353248
Marin17692244
El Dorado17169149
Sutter13913175
Napa12882100
Yuba1008582
Tehama9510110
Humboldt9243108
Nevada914290
Mendocino763687
Lassen754347
San Benito744472
Tuolumne688089
Lake6605104
Amador544064
Siskiyou450546
Glenn436733
Calaveras389381
Del Norte358342
Colusa307218
Inyo211140
Mono16703
Plumas16417
Mariposa133416
Trinity87711
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