Senate Advances Congressional Redistricting Plan

RICHMOND – Will Virginia gain a second minority influence Congressional district from this year's redistricting process?

Sen. Mamie Locke sure hopes so.

"In fact, the Hampton Democrat spent much of Tuesday urging her Senate colleagues to support her redistricting bill which would create a second minority influence Congressional district in Virginia.

"This plan will provide Virginia's growing minority voting population with more representation and more influence in other districts. Our current map has wasted minority voting strength by packing minorities into districts at levels higher than necessary for minority voters to elect a candidate of choice," said Locke.

In a party-line vote on Tuesday, the Senate's Privileges and Elections Committee adopted redistricting bill SB5004.
The proposed Senate map, which meets all federal and state legal requirements, would make significant changes to Virginia's 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts. The 3rd District, currently represented by Rep. Bobby Scott, includes parts of Richmond, Henrico, New Kent, Charles City, Prince George, Scurry, Newport News, Hampton Portsmouth, and Norfolk. Under the Senate's plan, the district would become more compact and would now consist of all of Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth and Williamsburg and parts of Norfolk, Virginia Beach and James City County. 

Virginia's 4th Congressional District would move northward into the east end of Richmond under the Senate plan and place Republican Congressman Randy Forbes into a majority-minority district. 

The Congressional redistricting bill is expected to be considered for final adoption by the Senate when it reconvenes on April 25.

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