July 15, 2009

AND REDDER:

California could lose a House seat after 2010 census: Experts think the size of the state's delegation will probably remain unchanged, but even that would break a historical pattern. The population is growing at a slower pace than in some other states. (Richard Simon, July 14, 2009, LA Times)

Here's yet another result of the bad economy: California's congressional delegation is unlikely to grow and could even lose a seat after next year's census for the first time since stagecoach days.

If the state loses a seat, it could weaken California's clout in Washington and reduce the amount of federal money flowing to the state. It could also set off a game of political musical chairs, forcing two incumbents to run against each other.

As if that weren't enough, the state that stands to gain the most new seats is California's longtime rival, Texas, the second most populous state.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 15, 2009 7:43 AM
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