The Minnesota House GOP unveiled its congressional redistricting map today. And while the most sweeping changes would be in the northern half of the state, there would be some notable changes in southern Minnesota.You can check out the new map by clicking here.
The First Congressional District, represented by DFL Congressman Tim Walz, would no longer include Wabasha county or Nicollet County. The district, which runs from the South Dakota border to Wisconsin, would also gain a large swath of counties in southwestern Minnesota that traditional are more conservative. New cities added to the district would include Redwood Falls, Marshall and Granite Falls.
I put a call into Walz's office to get the congressman's view on the new map. I have not heard back yet. Walz's spokeswoman Sara Severs said Walz has "no comment" at this time on the proposal.
The Second Congressional District, represented by GOP Congressman John Kline, would become much more rural. Due to rapid growth, the district needed to shed nearly 70,000 residents. As a result, Kline's district would no longer include Carver County — home to Chaska and Chanhassan. He would gain Sibley, Nicollet and Wabasha counties. That means residents living in Lake City, Wabasha, Zumbro Falls and Mazeppa would become part of the 2nd Congressional District.
Kline's spokesman Troy Young offered this reaction to the new map.
"Minnesotans expect the fair and accurate approach they deserve and Congrssman Kline hopes the final proposal reflects the population trends appropriately," Young said.
The Senate GOP has said they are going with the same congressional redistricting map. Any such plan would need DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's signature, which at this point seems unlikely. If a deal can't be reached the plan would end up in the courts.