California set to lose congressional seat after 2020 census results – Sonoma State Star
In the coming year, California is expected to lose one seat in the House of Congress. The state is about to lose a seat because the population hasn’t reached a certain point in the past 10 years, causing California to lose its first seat in its 170-year history. This change was recently announced by the US Census Bureau and it means that in 2022, California will contest 52 seats in the House of Representatives and lose one electoral vote in the 2024 and future elections.
Over the past 10 years, the U.S. population has grown globally by just over 7% to 334 million people, according to figures recently released by the Bureau. This is California’s second lowest population growth in 24 decades, the lowest being just under 6%. Over the past decade, more people have moved from California to other states than to California.
According to PleasantonWeekly, officials are concerned that “the loss of a congressional seat could also fuel a narrative peddled by conservatives that Californians are fleeing an expensive Democrat-ruled state in search of cheaper and less expensive climates. regulated”.
While California will lose one seat due to population size, some states, such as Texas and Florida, will gain seats due to population growth. Notably, Texas is expected to win two seats in the upcoming 2024 election due to its population influx over the past two years. Over the past decade, about 1.5 million more people have left California rather than settled there.
According to the SacBee, “Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon will each win a seat.” While states like “California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia will each lose one seat.”
California became a state on September 9, 1850 and started with two members of the house, California then immediately gained popularity and increased in population. By the year 2000, the population had grown to over 34 million.
Judy Sakaki, president of SSU, revealed that through the school’s relationship with Congress, the lost seat could come from Southern California rather than somewhere closer to campus. She said: “CSU staff who interact with our [U.S.] Congress suggests that the Los Angeles area will most likely lose a seat in Congress… We hope this is not an indicator of declining population levels in California, because losing more seats means losing votes in Washington DC.
Sakaki also highlighted the importance of an accurate census and how it affects the state as a whole. She said: “We need as broad an engagement as possible in future censuses. We cannot lose ground in our social or economic initiatives as a result of this change of state, and we do not expect it to upset the balance too much in the short term. That said, losing a district means that current members of Congress could see enough change in their current districts to retire or not run again due to the change in their precinct.
She remained hopeful that with the changing numbers in Congress, new leaders might emerge, “including SSU alumni.”
The loss of a seat in California is said to be partly due to the recent spike in housing costs and property taxes. California residents have looked elsewhere with lower housing costs to live in the United States because of this.
The good news is that while losing a seat at home can be a psychological blow, Paul Mitchell of California-based Political Data Inc., in an interview with Mercury News, said California won’t give up much. political power at the national level. .
He also noted that had the 2020 census efforts been more comprehensive, other states could have won more seats. Some Texas officials predicted several more sieges.
“These states are really upset,” Mitchell said.
As restructuring takes place and states scramble to redraw precincts to circumvent their new House Representative totals, only time will tell how the census results will really affect the appearance of the 2022 House election. representatives.