KY congressmen look at tweaks but no major changes to districts, Yarmuth says

01/12/2011 07:06 PM

Kentucky’s six congressmen are starting to meet among themselves to talk about how to suggest redrawing legislative lines after more detailed 2010 U.S. Census data come out later this year, said Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville.

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville

“What we have discussed among ourselves is that it would be much better if the Kentucky delegation can come to an agreement on districts by ourselves rather than turning it into a partisan battle in the General Assembly,” Yarmuth said on Wednesday’s edition of Pure Politics.

He said early estimates suggest each district should have about 720,000 constituents. That means several districts, including the 3rd District he represents that covers most of Jefferson County, will have to pick up territory. And others, most notably the 2nd District that includes Bowling Green and Owensboro and Fort Knox as well as the 6th District in Central Kentucky, will have to shed some territory because communities there have expanded over the last decade.

(Republican Brett Guthrie represents the 2nd District and Democrat Ben Chandler represents the 6th).

Yarmuth offered a few other hints at what the 2012-2021 Kentucky congressional district maps might look like, including that the bigger cities are likely to stay where they are:

The state legislature must agree on the new lines for congressional, state Senate and state House districts before the candidate filing deadline next January.

Lawmakers could bump that filing deadline back several weeks to give them time in the beginning of the 2012 General Assembly session to approve the new redistricting plan.

- Ryan Alessi


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