Former Speaker braces for 'difficult' redistricting process after more people shifted to central Ky.

03/29/2011 07:01 PM

State Rep. Jody Richards, who led the House during the last round of redistricting, predicted this week that the coming debate over legislative redistricting will be “one of the most difficult” in his 35 years in Frankfort.

Richards, a Bowling Green Democrat, represents the 20th District that covers part of Warren County — one of the few counties west of I-65 that showed significant population growth over the last decade.

His 20th district is now the most populous of any represented by a Democrat. But it is only 9th most populous overall. The top 8 districts with the largest population are all represented by Republicans.

You can read more about the House districts in this Pure Politics analysis from last week.

Richards told leaders at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Monday that lawmakers will have squish more districts in between I-65 and I-75 to deal with population shifts from the ends of the state toward the center.

- Video by Chris Bratton


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