HARRISBURG – Following a months-long congressional redistricting process, the Senate today approved a congressional map drawn by citizen Amanda Holt and sent it to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York), who introduced the map as House Bill 2146, said.
“This is truly an historic day in our state. Never in our state’s history has a congressional map been drawn by a resident and then approved by the Legislature,” Grove said. “It is now up to Wolf to follow the will of the people and sign this bill into law.”
The map approved by the General Assembly remains largely identical to the plan submitted by Holt, a Lehigh Valley resident. It includes very minor adjustments recommended by citizens across the Commonwealth to improve the compactness of districts, respond to citizen concerns regarding communities of interest and increase minority representation in Philadelphia.
Grove introduced the map following more than a dozen public hearings held across the state. It was selected out of nearly 20 maps submitted to the House State Government Committee because it was created without political influence and complies with constitutionally mandated criteria.
The map sent to the governor can be viewed at PaRedistricting.com. The site also features a video archive of all 13 public hearings held on redistricting, as well as all committee meetings on the topic.
“I truly hope the governor thoroughly looks over the map and sees it for what it is: A fair map drawn by a citizen without using political data, which fully removes any notion of gerrymandering,” Grove said. “From start to finish, I, as committee chairman, strove to remove politics from the map drawing process and to be transparent. I believe we accomplished both goals with this map.”
Representative Seth Grove
Pennsylvania House of Representatives