The first new congressional maps following the 2020 Census were approved on Monday in Oregon, giving Democrats a significant majority for future elections.
The new maps create a 5-to-1 Democratic majority and divide Portland into three districts, the latter of which is a first for the state.
One of the Portland districts crosses the Cascades and connects to Bend.
Oregon Gov. Kate BrownKate BrownBBB threatens the role of parents in raising — and educating — children Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Altria — Obama pushes world to do more at COP26 Hawaii governor urges bolder climate action: Net zero is 'not good enough' MORE (D) signed the redistricting bills Monday after they were approved by the state legislature.
For the first time in 40 years, Oregon is gaining a congressional seat––another member to advocate for the common good of all Oregonians. I just signed the redistricting bills passed by the Legislature today. Thank you to everyone who came together to get this done for Oregon. pic.twitter.com/WwxHHEkeVS— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) September 28, 2021
She celebrated Oregon gaining a congressional seat for the first time in 40 years.
“For the first time in forty years, Oregon is gaining a congressional seat––another delegation member to advocate for the common good of all Oregonians,” Brown wrote in a statement.
“After the past year and a half, during which Oregonians have faced unprecedented challenges that have urgently required federal attention and resources, I am particularly grateful that the Legislature has come together to pass today’s historic legislation,” she added.
Republicans, however, are not pleased by the new maps and are contending that leaders gerrymandered the state.
House Minority Leader Christine Drazan (R) told The Hill in an interview last week, "Clearly they’re determined to adopt a gerrymandered congressional map for the state of Oregon."
"These maps clearly absolutely are incumbency protection maps that are intended to benefit the Democrat Party. There’s no getting around it,” she added.
Drazan said Democrats have been “nothing but hypocrites on this issue.”
“They’ve spent the last couple of years calling on my party to just be better. And they’re being complete hypocrites right now. Either gerrymandering is cheating or it’s not, and Democrats across the nation say it’s cheating. But what they should be saying is gerrymandering is cheating, unless we do it,” she added.
With the new maps, Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazioPeter Anthony DeFazioThanks to President Biden, infrastructure is bipartisan again — it needs to stay that way Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Senate punts on defense bill Biden's next challenge: Selling the infrastructure bill MORE’s (Ore.) seat will likely be less competitive in future elections. Additionally, Rep. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerOverdue progress on costs of trade to workers, firms, farmers and communities Framing our future beyond the climate crisis Reforming marijuana laws before the holidays: A three-pronged approach MORE (D-Ore.) and Rep. Suzanne BonamiciSuzanne Marie BonamiciInvesting to produce more skilled workers must be part of rebuilding America Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — China's president to video in for climate confab We can and will meet the climate test in the Build Back Better Act MORE (D-Ore.) will hold onto their blue districts.
The Census Bureau released data from the once-in-a-decade count in August, which showed that the U.S. is diversifying at the fastest rate in the nation’s history. It did, however, find that population growth has slowed to the most sluggish pace since the country’s founding.
Reid Wilson contributed.