New Congressional District Map (pdf)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Minorities will make up the majority of voting age people in three additional congressional districts under a proposed redistricting map released by a federal court.
That should give Democrats an advantage in adding members to Congress during the 2012 elections. Currently minorities are the majority in 10 districts out of 32, and the new map will raise that to 13 out of 36.
The map released Wednesday will temporarily override plans drawn by the Republican-led Legislature.
Lawmakers redraw districts every 10 years to reflect changes in population growth. Texas this year picked up four additional seats. Experts say three of those new seats would have gone to Republicans under the legislative map. But minority groups mounted a legal challenge saying the map illegally weakens their voting power.
CHANGES TO AREA DISTRICTS:
DISTRICT 17 (Current Rep: Bill Flores)
Adds: southern portion of Robertson
Subtracts: Hood, eastern portion of Burleson, southern portion of Brazos, Madison, Grimes
DISTRICT 8 (Current Rep.: Kevin Brady)
Adds: Freestone, Leon, Madison, Grimes, Houston, most of Trinity, northern tip of Harris
Subtracts: Polk, Tyler, Jasper, Newton, Orange, Hardin, north-central portion of Liberty
DISTRICT 10 (Current Rep: Michael McCaul)
Adds: more of Travis, Milam, part of Williamson, Milam, eastern half of Burleson, southern tip of Brazos, more of Harris
Subtracts: southern half of Waller
DISTRICT 31 (Current Rep: John Carter)
Adds: Lampasas, Burnet
Subtracts: Erath, Falls, Milam, southern portion Robertson, southern portion of Williamson
DISTRICT 6 (Current Rep: Joe Barton)
Subtracts: Freestone, Leon, eastern half of Limestone, Houston, most of Trintiy