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March 31st, 2011

Iowa Redistricting Plan

By Craig Robinson

At 8:15 this morning, the Legislative Services Agency released its first redistricting plan to the legislature. After it was delivered to the legislators, the governor, and the congressional delegation, the plan was made available at on the legislative website.

Every ten years the redistricting plan is highly anticipated because it can make a major impact on the political landscape of the state. The boundaries of the congressional and legislative districts can which party controls each chamber of the legislature and Iowa’s congressional districts.

Adding to the anticipation this year is that Iowa is going from five congressional districts down to four. That means two members of congress will be put into the same district no matter what happens. Thus far, none of Iowa’s five members of Congress have shown any willingness to retire if such a scenario involves them.

Congressional Maps:

King and Latham are in the same district.

Braley and Loebsack are in the same district.

Christie Vilsack has an open district to run in.

Below are the maps. will have further analysis shortly.

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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