AUSTIN, Texas – The first new state Senate map drawn to take into account population shifts identified under the 2020 Census has been published.
The author of the new plan is state Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, chair of the Senate Committee on Redistricting.
The new plan makes a few significant changes to the boundary lines of the three South Texas Senate seats.
Under the new map, Senate District 20, currently represented by state Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, picks up more of Hidalgo County, all of Bee County but loses half of Nueces County. It also picks up a small part of San Patricio County.
Under the new map, Senate District 27, currently represented by state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., loses a chunk of Hidalgo County to SD 20. It picks up the southern half of Nueces County. It also loops around Padre Island National Seashore to pick up San Patricio County. Currently, all of Nueces County is in SD 20.
Under the new map, Senate District 21, currently represented by state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, loses San Patricio County to District 27, represented by Lucio, and Bee County to District 210, represented by Hinojosa.
Currently, SD 21 has about half of Atascosa County. In the new map, all the county is placed in SD 19, represented by state Sen. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio. SD 21 also sees changes in the boundary lines drawn in Bexar, Hays, and Travis counties.
Sen. Huffman’s plan is expected to be just the opening salvo in what is often a highly partisan process of drawing new maps. During the upcoming special redistricting session, state lawmakers must draw new Texas House, Texas Senate, congressional and State Board of Education maps.
“All I can say at this point is the Senator Huffman’s plan will probably see many changes, hopefully including my proposed district,” Lucio told the Rio Grande Guardian.
“Her proposal represents a good working plan where senators can still giver and take terroritories until they have what they consider a fair plan for themselves.”
The special redistricting session starts Sept. 20.
Editor’s Note: To view new redistricting plans for Texas go to the Texas Legislative Council website and click on District Viewer.
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