Redistricting Could Modify Brazos Valley Congressional Seats

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State lawmakers will have another item on their slate during the legislative special session --- congressional redistricting.

Redistricting leader Rep. Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton and Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo released the proposed map Tuesday.

Democrats are already lashing out at the map saying it does not serve minority groups.

The map was needed because of the booming population of the state reflected in the latest Census numbers.

Local Breakdown
District 17, currently held by Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, will remain mostly in tact. Flores will keep the Waco and Bryan areas, but will lose the Fort Worth suburbs along with Madison and Grimes Counties. The congressman will also gain part of Williamson County near Pflugerville.

Madison and Grimes counties will join one of four newly-formed districts in the state.

The new District 36, as it stands now will have one of the most unique shapes for a district. In what best represents an upside-down horseshoe, the district will start in Houston, include parts of Harris, Waller, all of Grimes, Madison, part of Leon, all of Houston and Trinity counties and run all the way to Lufkin and down near Beaumont.

District 10, held by Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, is slated to remain largely the same. The district will include areas of Travis, Bastrop, Fayette and Colorado counties east of the Colorado River. The proposed new District 10 will also include part of Waller and Lee counties, along with all of Austin and Washington Counties.

Hearings on the new map are scheduled for Friday.

Interactive Map of Proposed Districts: