House Redistricting Plan Maintains Minority Districts, Recognizes Hispanics

Tennessee’s House of Representatives would have the same number of minority voting districts under a proposal released Wednesday, even if it results in fewer minority lawmakers.

Republicans in charge of redrawing voting lines maintained the 13 districts where blacks make up half the population. However, not all black lawmakers represent majority black districts. House Speaker Beth Harwell says some of those incumbents could lose their seats.

“It may mean a change in who is representing that district, but there will still be the same number of minority districts in Tennessee.”

The latest census shows a slight increase in African Americans, so members of the House Black Caucus have asked for an additional seat. Republicans haven’t granted that, but they have created what they’re calling a “coalition district” in Nashville. It’s a minority seat if blacks and Latinos are combined. Until now, a minority seat in Tennessee has only meant that it’s at least more half African American.

Redistricting maps for both the state House and Senate were made public Wednesday Here are links to the House and Senate. Lawmakers are still waiting to see new congressional boundaries. House Speaker Harwell says they’re coming this week.

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