With Population Growth Stalled, CA Will Lose a House Seat
For the first time in history, California will lose a seat in the House of Representatives, according to new population data released by the U.S. Census Bureau Monday. California is one of seven states that will lose a seat. Texas will gain two seats, while Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon will gain one.
The loss is due to slow population growth in the Golden State. We’re stalled at just under 40 million people, with numbers mostly flat since 2017. California is now facing, not only reduced political clout in Congress, but the loss of federal funding for Medi-Cal, highways, and schools.
Experts have pegged Los Angeles County as the most likely to see district consolidation.
“The 25th Congressional District, which includes Simi Valley and Santa Clarita, could be drawn inland, giving the seat a more liberal makeup and imperiling the reelection of GOP Rep. Mike Garcia,” write Melanie Mason and Seema Mehta at the Los Angeles Times. “But the redrawing of the boundaries could also reverberate in the Central Valley or Orange County, the once solidly GOP region that now is prime swing territory.”
Read more about the new Census figures and what they mean at the Sacramento Bee.