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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Ivey Makes Appointments to Reapportionment Committee

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey announced Thursday the appointment of eleven state senators to a committee that will redraw lines for congressional, state and local political boundaries.

Ivey appointed the following senators to the reapportionment committee: Congressional District 1– Sen. Trip Pittman, R.-Daphne Congressional District 2– Sen. Jimmy Holley, R-Elba; Congressional District 3 - Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville; Congressional District 4– Sen. Clay Scofield, R-Guntersville; Congressional District 5 – Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison; Congressional District 6 – Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster; Congressional District 7 – Sen. Linda Coleman, D-Birmingham. In addition, the Lieutenant Governor appointed 4 at-large members: Sen. Vivian Figures, D-Mobile; Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur; Sen.Gerald Allen, R-Tuscaloosa; Sen. Bryan Taylor, R-Prattville.

“The purpose of reapportionment is to ensure fairness in elective representation in the legislative branches on the state and national levels,” Ivey said in a press release Thursday. “We are going to diligently re-draw districts that are equal in population and homogeneously representative of the people."

The committee is responsible for divvying up Alabama's seven U.S. House of Representatives seats, based on each district’s proportion of the state population as determined by the most recent census. The preceding decennial 2010 Census, which put Alabama's population just shy of 4.8 million people, is the baseline for determining how many House seats are allotted to the state. Alabama neither lost nor gained any congressional seats and will have nine electoral votes in 2012.

The committee of lawmakers also will redraw the lines for the 105 Alabama House of Representative seats, the 35 Alabama Senate seats and the eight State Board of Education seats.

The full Reapportionment Committee is comprised of a total of 22 members including 11 members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Alabama Speaker of the House.

-- Markeshia Ricks

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