A select group of West Virginia’s lawmakers last week released draft House of Delegate district maps and 16 potential versions of congressional district maps as part of the electoral boundary redrawing resulting from the 2020 Census population shifts.
Gov. Jim Justice has called a special redistricting session for next week for state lawmakers to debate and likely choose permanent state House and Senate district boundaries.
With supermajority voting blocs in the Senate and House, Republicans are controlling this year’s redistricting process.
No map redistricting changes have been proposed for state Senate districts, including the 16th District representing Jefferson County.
Because of an increase in population in the Eastern Panhandle, Jefferson County voters would be divided into four state House districts. County residents are now represented by three districts.
Here’s what members of a House Redistricting Committee—which includes Delegate Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson, who serves in the GOP leadership as the House majority whip—have proposed for Jefferson County’s state House districts.
Here’s a link to the draft House districts: www.wvlegislature.gov/Districts/2020/senatemaps.cfm.
Proposed House District 75 (includes part of current House District 67): This is a redrawn district that currently serves only Jefferson County residents. The proposed district would be composed of one-third of Jefferson County residents (about 6,000) and two-thirds of Berkeley County residents (about 11,000).
The district would include residents north of Shepherdstown, but not the municipality itself. It would also include part of Kearneysville north of W.Va. Route 480.
Delegate John Doyle, D-Jefferson, lives in this district.
Proposed House District 76 (currently most of House District 66): This redrawn district adds Ranson residents but drops residents living along the Blue Ridge Mountain, including Shannondale.
Delegate Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson, resides in this district.
Proposed House District 77 (currently House District 65): This is a redrawn district, which would pick up residents outside Ranson but leave out residents from the municipality of Ranson. Those Ranson residents would be consolidated into the proposed District 76.
Delegate Wayne Clark, R-Jefferson, resides in this district.
Proposed House District 78 (a proposed new district): This district would include the municipality of Shepherdstown to the north and extend south along the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers to the border with Clarke County, Virginia. It would also include the municipalities of Bolivar and Harpers Ferry, as well as Shannondale and the rest of the Blue Ridge.
No Jefferson County delegate lives in this proposed district.
West Virginia lost population overall during the 2020 Census, causing the state to lose one of its three current congressional district.
U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney, a Republican from Charles Town, currently represents Jefferson County from the Second Congressional District.
Here’s a web page listing 16 proposed congressional district maps: www.wvlegislature.gov/Districts/2020/senatemaps.cfm.