Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive
Monday, August 20, 2001
State Of Texas Responds To Court Deadline in Congressional Redistricting Lawsuits
AUSTIN - Today is the deadline for plaintiffs and defendants named in four congressional redistricting lawsuits --- two in Harris County and two in Travis County --- who want to submit proposed congressional maps to the courts.
The Office of the Attorney General will submit by 5 p.m. today a congressional redistricting proposal on behalf of the State of Texas.
The courts will use the proposed maps as a starting point from which new congressional district
boundaries in Texas will be drawn.
The first case in Houston (Cause No. 2001-26894) is styled Associated Republicans of Texas, et.al. v. Cuellar, et.al. The second case in Houston (Cause No. 2001-33760) is styled Rivas v. Cuellar, et.al. These two cases have been consolidated into one before Harris County District Judge Jane Bland.
Among other defendants named in at least one of the suits are Lieutenant Governor Bill Ratliff; Texas Speaker of the House Pete Laney; Texas Democratic Party Chairwoman Molly Beth Malcolm; Texas Republican Party Chairwoman Susan Weddington. In addition, a number of intervenors have also filed to be a party to the suits.
As a result of the 2000 Census, Texas now is entitled to 32 congressional seats, an increase of two. The ideal average congressional district has 651,219 residents. In the State of Texas' plan, the smallest district of the 32 districts has a population of 651,219 and the largest has a population of 651,620.
The State of Texas' plan proposes 32 new fair and compact districts, some of which have been assigned new numbers. The plan adds a Hispanic-majority seat in Dallas (District 32), an African American seat in Harris County (District 25), an open seat in Central Texas (District 10), and an open seat in Southeast Texas (District 24). No incumbent congresspersons are paired.
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Media note: Map copies should be available by tomorrow.
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