CONGRESSMEN PLAN TO MOVE UNDER NEW MAP

SIOUXLAND—GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD SAYS HE’LL SIGN THE REDISTRICTING PLAN FOR IOWA’S LEGISLATIVE AND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS AS SOON AS HE GETS AN OFFICIAL COPY OF THE BILL.

THE NEW MAPS WERE DRAFTED BY STAFF IN THE NON-PARTISAN LEGISLATIVE SERVICES AGENCY AND ONLY 8 OUT OF 150 STATE LEGISLATORS VOTED AGAINST THE PLAN WHEN IT SAILED THROUGH THE HOUSE AND SENATE THURSDAY.

THE PLAN MAPS OUT JUST FOUR RATHER THAN FIVE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS, AS IOWA IS LOSING A SEAT IN CONGRESS AS A RESULT OF THE 2010 CENSUS.

CONGRESSMAN TOM LATHAM, A REPUBLICAN FROM AMES, ANNOUNCED FRIDAY THAT HE’S MOVING INTO THE NEW THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, RATHER THAN REMAIN IN THE NEW FOURTH DISTRICT AND FACE FELLOW REPUBLICAN STEVE KING OF KIRON IN A 2012 PRIMARY.

THAT MEANS LATHAM WILL INSTEAD CHALLENGE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN LEONARD BOSWELL WHO LIVES IN DES MOINES.

CONGRESSMAN DAVE LOEBSACK OF MOUNT VERNON AND BRUCE BRALEY OF WATERLOO, BOTH DEMOCRATS, BOTH LIVE IN THE NEW FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, BUT LOEBSACK ANNOUNED THURSDAY THAT HE’LL MOVE TO THE IOWA CITY AREA TO SEEK REELECTION IN THE NEW SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT.

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