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Kansas census results could lead to another redistricting battle

March 3, 2011


— Just as it was 10 years ago, Douglas County could be in the middle of redistricting battles again, officials indicated Thursday after new census figures were released.

The Census Bureau report showed Kansas’ population increased 6.1 percent from 2000 to 2010, but more importantly it showed much of that growth occurred in northeast Kansas.

The report shows that the 3rd Congressional District, which includes eastern Douglas County, has the largest population with 767,569 people.

That is 112,000 more than the 1st Congressional District, 57,000 more than the 2nd, which includes western Douglas County, and 47,000 more than the Wichita-based 4th.

To be equal in population, as the law requires, the congressional districts will have to have roughly 713,000 people each. That means the 3rd, which also includes Johnson and Wyandotte counties, must shed the most population.

Could the Douglas County portion of the 3rd be rejoined with the portion in the 2nd, like it was before 2002?

Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said that’s a possibility.

“I’ve always operated under the assumption that Douglas County would go into the 2nd District because you would want to keep the Kansas City metro area together,” Davis said.

But Davis said that because Douglas County has been voting Democratic, Republican U.S. Reps. Kevin Yoder in the 3rd and Lynn Jenkins in the 2nd may not want the whole county in their districts.

And Davis said that while many opposed splitting Douglas County in the last redistricting battle, “the split has not served us as badly as people had thought it might.”

He said having two congressional representatives has worked to Douglas County’s advantages in some ways.

On the legislative side, it is too early to tell how the population shifts will affect Douglas County’s Statehouse delegation.

Johnson County could see an increase of up to five state House districts, having grown by 93,093 people. Johnson County essentially added a Douglas County to its population over the past 10 years.

Douglas County grew by 10.9 percent, from 99,962 to 110,826.

The Legislature’s redistricting committee will meet later during the current legislative session and set a schedule for public hearings during the summer to consider congressional and legislative boundaries.

The Legislature will then draw new maps during the 2012 legislative session.

Interactive map

2010 Census Data


Douglas County population growth


jakelowen 6 years, 1 month ago

Please let us be rid of Anthony Brown altogether. North Lawrence would be much better represented by Paul Davis.

Random56 6 years, 1 month ago

because he has a D after his name not an R.

Scott Morgan 6 years, 1 month ago

daaa...........Ole diyun Kanzas needs all da peoples even doze who come in not legal.

I read over and over again posters claim as fact Kansas was a dying state regarding population. Finally proof of what I and others have been arguing.

Ralph Reed 6 years, 1 month ago

All I see from this is the Republicans gerrymandering the state again in order to protect their seats (a*e).

I doubt anything useful will come from this at all. That's how Jenkins got elected in the first place. Take a look at the KS congressional districts map. Lawrence is split between Yoder (3) and Jenkins (2). The Republicans will work some way to split Lawrence again so they can retain seats.

KS Congressional district Map:

average 6 years, 1 month ago

Even though Lawrence is presently divided-and-conquered, we should remember that we had the GOP's logic backfired a few years back, when Douglas County votes went a long way toward sending both Boyda and Moore to Congress.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 1 month ago

"wissmo (anonymous) says… daaa...........Ole diyun Kanzas needs all da peoples even doze who come in not legal. " === WM: Good point, even if it is poorly constructed. For a couple of generations, the majority of those who chose to move to our lovely state are from 'south of the border.' Without their willingness to take jobs we won't do and their work ethic, Kansas would be even older, poorer and whiter than it now is. When 'the other' becomes the majority, let us hope they have short memories and are forgiving. If we are lucky, when 'we' are in the minority, perhaps they will treat us better than we have treated them. Kansas has been emptying out since shortly after the Civil War, often losing our brightest youth to the blue states on either coast. Can we reverse the trend? Perhaps, but it will require a serious discussion about our collective futures.

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 1 month ago

Balderdash. All we need to do is cut taxes, cut more taxes, and then cut spending and eliminate wasteful government jobs.

Then people will flock to this state. It's science.

Kirk Larson 6 years, 1 month ago

Pseudo-science. Paranormal activity even.

gccs14r 6 years, 1 month ago

Redistricting shouldn't be done by politicians. It should be done by computer, with the requirement that all districts be regular polygons as much as is possible, given the constraints of geography.

Kontum1972 6 years, 1 month ago

will the battle be simular to the Civil War?

lots of killing and maiming..and ..all that other war stuff?

Budgets_Smudgets 6 years, 1 month ago

A "redistricting war?"

Talk about writing an article about something that really doesn't matter in the scheme of things. Yes, we will be in a district. And paint does dry.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 1 month ago

They'll probably try to figure out how to split Lawrence among all four districts this time around.

Jimo 6 years, 1 month ago

Or we could increase the number of House seats, like Americans did regularly until the mid-20th century.

The House is supposed to be close to the people. More like the city's mayor. Increase the number of Congressmen to a thousand. At that level, Douglas Co. (maybe even just Lawrence itself) would have its own Representative. And so would every other locality.

Otherwise, we're going to get to the point that the average House member has more constituents than some small state Senators!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 1 month ago

That's actually a great idea. I believe in the original congresses, there were something like 50,000 per district. We now have more than 10 times that many, which makes it much easier for election to these seats to be controlled by monied interests.

And restructure the Senate, too. Instead of two seats for each state, make it a minimum of one senator, with a maximum of six senators, based on population. Divide states into districts, as well. This would still provide some extra representation for small population states. (or just do away with it altogether.)

And maybe even a better idea-- move to a parliamentary system which would allow multiple parties to get representation.

lucky_guy 6 years, 1 month ago

Wyoming>>> 1 rep, 2 senators. Maybe the states should be split up and redistricted this time. Then we could really get something done like take back Denver.

deec 6 years, 1 month ago

I wonder how much bigger the Big 1st will get: "District 1 for the United States House of Representatives in the state of Kansas is the eleventh largest congressional district in the nation. Popularly known as "the Big First", it encompasses 69 counties in western and central Kansas—more than half of the state..."

usnsnp 6 years, 1 month ago

Redistricting will be the same as it has always been, a farce. If the politicians had any guts or integrity they would let a computer and a non-partician committee divide up the state. I am not talking about just the Republicans but also the Democrats.The problem is that politicians think they know better what is better for the people and the masses are too ignorant to know what is good for them. A second thing is that politics has become a profession and the practicinars of it want a sure thing, they are afraid of a fair contest. Until we do something about these problems, we will have massive problems in the United States on all levels of politics. People are already talking about presidential canidates for the 2012 presidential campain spending 1 Billion dollars each.

stm62 6 years, 1 month ago

The solution is simple. One more example of why we need to get back to the CONSTITUTION and what it says abbout congressional districting. I don't think gerrymandering by either political party was the intent.

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