UPDATE: Iowa’s four congressional districts would include two that lean heavily toward Republicans, one that favors Democrats and one that both parties would have a chance at winning under proposed redistricting maps from a nonpartisan agency.
The nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency must follow detailed guidelines to ensure population balance among Iowa’s congressional districts and to prevent political influence in the initial drafting of changes.
The newly drawn lines also appear to place 54 state lawmakers in districts with another incumbent, forcing people to run against each other, move or quit. Public hearings are set for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Legislature then is scheduled to meet in special session beginning Oct. 5.
EARLIER UPDATE: Iowa’s first redistricting plan was submitted Thursday and moved away from the familiar four-corner quadrants for congressional districts.
Scott County would join Iowa City’s Johnson County and Cedar Rapids’ Linn County in a new first district, merging some of the largest traditionally Democratic counties in eastern Iowa. Republican Ashley Hinson represents District 1 currently.
Meanwhile, Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ second district — which she won by just six votes in 2020 — would gain more traditionally Republican counties.
Republican-dominated District 4 grows to 44 counties and beyond the northwest part of the state — stretching all the way to the southern border — while District 3 takes up the south central portion in a pyramid shape with Polk County and the Des Moines metro area at its apex. Its mix of urban and rural counties likely will keep it balanced between the two parties.
Here is the current map:
Here are the proposed Senate and House districts for the QC area:
Public comments to the Temporary Redistricting Advisory Commission regarding the first proposed redistricting plan are accepted until the start of the final public hearing on September 22 at 6 p.m.
You can find out where you’ll be in the proposed new maps by clicking here.