Oregon adds one congressional seat after census data shows large increase in population

This large increase in population also gave Oregon another seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, bringing the total to six.

Posted: Apr 26, 2021 7:57 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- New data from the 2020 U.S. Census shows Oregon's population grew to 4.2 million people over the past decade.

This about a 10% increase from the 3.8 million people recorded by the census in 2010.

This large increase in population will give Oregon another seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, bringing the total to six.

State Senator James Manning said adding a seat in Congress increases Oregon's influence in national politics.

"What that's going to do is that it's going to help Oregon on some of Oregon's values," Manning said.  

Manning said the new district could be carved out of Portland where the state's largest population density is located. But that is up to the state legislature's redistricting committee. That committee is tasked not only with creating a new congressional district, but also re-drawing Oregon's current state senate, state assembly, and congressional district maps based on the latest population numbers. 

Once the three maps are redrawn, state lawmakers must vote to approve them and the governor has to sign off on the maps as well. Gov. Kate Brown does have the right to veto any line drawn. If lawmakers fail to redraw the three maps, the task falls on Oregon's secretary of state.

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