CT Reapportionment Commission unanimously votes to approve new statewide house district map
The Connecticut Reapportionment Commission unanimously voted today on a new statewide house district map.
The 2021 State of Connecticut House of Representatives Redistricting Plan map shows district changes in some Connecticut towns. Every 10 years, the state must redraw seats for the state Legislature and Congress based on new census numbers.
Click here to see the new map.
Fairfield County saw big population jumps. As a result, an entire state House seat is moving to Wilton and New Canaan from rural eastern Connecticut - which lost population. The move means Wilton will no longer be divided into two seats.
Stamford and Bridgeport both gained a seat, giving each city seven representatives. Stratford is also adding a representative, bringing the town to three seats total.
In addition, many districts have shrunk in size thanks to population growth.
Hartford will keep all six of its seats despite a drop in population.
Commission members acknowledged the map hurts some areas in rural Connecticut.
"It is population-driven, so that area, there were challenges,” said state Rep. Vin Candelora, the Republican leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives. “There were people that needed to expand out and pick up population. But one of our underlying principles too is making sure the integrity of the districts still remained."
State lawmakers still have to redraw lines for the state Senate and for Congress. They have a Nov. 30 deadline to do both, but say they’ll need a few more weeks for congressional seats. The Connecticut Supreme Court would have to approve the extension.