LANSING, April 27, 2021 ~ Monday, an announcement from the Census Bureau stated that seven seats will shift in the US House of Representatives. Michigan is to be among the seven states to lose a seat, despite a 2% increase in population over the last decade.
“The American public deserves a big thank you for its overwhelming response to the 2020 Census,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “Despite many challenges, our nation completed a census for the 24th time. This act is fundamental to our democracy and a declaration of our growth and resilience.”
April 27, 2021 ~ Sociology Lecturer at The University of Michigan Lisa Neidert talks with Guy Gordon about the 2020 Census results.
Due to the loss of a House seat, Michigan will also have one less Electoral College vote in presidential elections, dropping from 16 to 15 votes.
Michigan, California, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are the states that will be losing seats. The states that will be acquiring a seat for the 2022 midterms are Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon, as well as Texas, which will be gaining two seats.
“Our work doesn’t stop here,” added acting Director Ron Jarmin. “Now that the apportionment counts are delivered, we will begin the additional activities needed to create and deliver the redistricting data that were previously delayed due to COVID-19.”
The reapportioned 118th Congress will convene in January of 2023.