The Iowa House of Representatives voted to approve the first redistricting plan this morning. The plan, House File 682, won the support of all the House Democrats and most Republicans. All seven who voted against the bill were Republicans.
The seven who voted against the plan were:
Rep. Jeff Kaufmann – District has an 800 registered voter advantage for Democrats
Rep. Renee Schulte – District has a 1260 registered voter advantage for Democrats
Rep. Clel Baudler – District has a 1360 registered voter advantage for Republicans
Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa – Now in a district with Rep. Brandenburg, a fellow Republican.
Rep. Mark Brandenburg – Now in a district with Rep. Hanusa, a fellow Republican.
Rep. Royd Chambers – Now in a district with Rep. Huseman, a fellow Republican.
Rep. Annette Sweeny – Now in a district with Rep. Grassley, a fellow Republican.
Senate Approves Redistricting Plan 48-1
Freshman Sen. Sandy Greiner, was the only senator to vote against the plan.
Statement my RPI Chairman Matt Strawn
“The map passed today lays the groundwork for a Republican majority in both the Iowa House and Senate for the next decade as we work toward a permanent conservative governing majority in Iowa. Ultimately, it is not arbitrary geographic lines, but rather a consistent message of policies focused on limited government, personal responsibility and individual freedom that will be central to the continued Republican resurgence in Iowa.
“With respect to the congressional districts, I am confident that more Iowans will be represented in Congress by a Republican under this map than are today. Congressman Boswell’s district becomes more Republican and conservative at a time when his voting record is increasingly liberal. I am also confident that Iowa Republicans will continue building on the broad gains seen in Eastern Iowa over the last two years and will be on offense in waging aggressive challenges in those two districts.”
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