Independent redistricting commission officially dead in Massachusetts as legislature appoints joint legislative committee

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March 15, 2011

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BOSTON, Massachusetts: Although it has yet to receive its local population figures, Massachusetts is one step closer to beginning the redistricting process after committee members were officially appointed.

The Special Joint Committee on Redistricting is composed of both senators and state house representatives.

There are a total of six senators and 21 representatives on the committee. However, the legislation that created the committee calls for seven senators. Of the 27 current legislators, there are four Republicans -- all from the House.[1]

Figure 1: This map shows the Massachusetts Congressional Districts after the 2000 census.

The following are the members:[2][3]

Senate Members:

Democratic Party Sen. Stanley Rosenberg Senate Chair
Democratic Party Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz Senate Vice chair
Democratic Party Sen. Barry Finegold
Democratic Party Sen. Karen Spilka
Democratic Party Sen. James Timilty
Democratic Party Sen. Daniel Wolf

House Members:
Democratic Party Rep. Michael Moran (Massachusetts) House Chair
Democratic Party Rep. Cheryl Rivera House Vice chair
Democratic Party Rep. Byron Rushing
Democratic Party Rep. Antonio Cabral
Democratic Party Rep. Joseph Wagner
Democratic Party Rep. Vincent Pedone
Democratic Party Rep. Stephen Kulik
Democratic Party Rep. Demetrius Atsalis
Democratic Party Rep. Garrett Bradley
Democratic Party Rep. Patricia Haddad
Democratic Party Rep. Anne Gobi
Democratic Party Rep. Alice Peisch
Democratic Party Rep. John Keenan
Democratic Party Rep. Linda Forry
Democratic Party Rep. Christopher Speranzo
Democratic Party Rep. Sean Garballey
Democratic Party Rep. Marcos Devers
Republican Party Rep. Bradley Jones, Jr.
Republican Party Rep. Bradford Hill
Republican Party Rep. Elizabeth Poirier
Republican Party Rep. Paul Frost

Massachusetts lost one Congressional district after the census figures were released. The joint committee must decide which incumbent gets the short end of the stick -- unless one retires prior to to the election, although none of the current delegation members have indicated such.[4]

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