Indiana District Lines Would Get Facelift Under Proposed Changes

By Scott Sarvay
By Jeff Neumeyer

April 11, 2011 Updated Apr 11, 2011 at 5:38 PM EDT

INDIANA, (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- The congressional district covering most of Northeast Indiana would get a makeover under a redistricting plan proposed by republicans who control the Indiana State Legislature.

Four new counties would be added to the 3rd District, but to balance things out, some of the district's western counties would shift to a new district.

Elkhart County would move to the Second District in the South Bend market under changes sought, along with northern and western portions of Kosciusko County.

Huntington, Wells, Adams and Jay Counties would become part of the 3rd; meaning Marlin Stutzman would be the congressman who assumes the job of representing those constituents.

Republicans, who have complete control of the once-a-decade redistricting process, say districts will be more compact, and specifically, the 3rd District would take on more of a north-south dynamic.

State Sen. David Long/(R) Senate President Pro Tem: " It will go all the way down to Jay County and Blackford County, taking in a lot of the traditional old 4th Congressional District as well, so, it looks more like it used to, maybe just a little bit longer. We think that's a more natural fit for the entire region."

Statehouse districts would also look different in this process.

The proposal, for instance, would reduce the number of state senators representing Allen County from five to three, and Dennis Kruse of Auburn would have all of the East Allen County school district, again, if the maps are ultimately approved.

Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker responded to the proposed redistricting map, saying, “Governor Mitch Daniels and Hoosiers across our state said they wanted compact districts that respect communities of interest. Simply put, these maps fail that test.”

*Current Indiana Congressional Districts
*Proposed Indiana Congressional Districts

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