State panel tackles congressional, legislative districts

January 25, 2011

The process to reset the state’s legislative and congressional district started Jan. 18, after the members of the Washington State Redistricting Commission took office.

The bipartisan commission includes four voting members: Democrats Tim Ceis, a former Seattle deputy mayor; and Dean Foster, a former chief clerk for the state House of Representatives; and Republicans Slade Gorton, a former U.S. senator, and Tom Huff, a former state budget chairman.

The commission must select a fifth member to serve as a nonvoting chairperson.

Washington is in line to add a 10th congressional seat in 2012. Most political observers expect the district to be created on the Eastside or in the South Puget Sound region.

The change reflects the population figures released as part of the 2010 Census. The state population has swelled by 14.1 percent, since the 2000 Census, to 6,724,540 people.

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Panel prepares to redraw state’s legislative map

January 18, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 18, 2011

The process to reset the state’s legislative and congressional district starts Tuesday, as the members of the Washington State Redistricting Commission take office.

The bipartisan commission includes four voting members: Democrats Tim Ceis, a former Seattle deputy mayor, and Dean Foster, a former chief clerk for the state House of Representatives, and Republicans Slade Gorton, a former U.S. senator, and Tom Huff, a former state budget chairman.

Chief Justice Barbara Madsen is scheduled to swear in the redistricting commission members at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The commission then selects a fifth member to serve as a nonvoting chairperson.

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