Proposed Congressional District maps are now available for viewing on the West Virginia Legislature website.
According to U.S. Census Bureau data, the state has roughly 60,000 fewer residents than it did in 2010. Due to this population loss, following the 2020 census, the state lost a seat in the United States House of Representatives. This means that West Virginia’s three congressional districts, currently led by David B. McKinley (R-District 1), Alex Mooney (R-District 2) and Carol Miller (R-District 3), must be broken into only two districts.
Members of the Legislative Joint Committee on Redistricting must now decide whether the two districts should follow a north/south pattern or an east/west pattern.
As of Sunday, twenty maps detailing what the new districts could look like have been uploaded by the Senate Select Committee and the House Select Committee has uploaded six.
The proposed maps may be viewed at https://www.wvlegislature.gov/redistricting.cfm.
Senate Redistricting Committee Lead Charles Trump (R-Morgan, 15), encourages residents to create their own maps and submit them to the committee. Public comments on the proposed maps are also welcome.
The redistricting committee consists of three Democratic senators, six Republican senators, six Democratic delegates and 17 Republican delegates.
The committee will meet in a special session to redraw lines and make a final vote this October.