Oregon Congressional Delegation Could Grow

One political expert says it’s a near certainty Oregon will add another congressional district after the 2020 Census and redistricting that will affect the 2022 election. Imagine along with us where a sixth congressional district would be on the map.

One political expert says it’s a near certainty Oregon will add another congressional district after the 2020 Census and redistricting that will affect the 2022 election. Imagine along with us where a sixth congressional district would be on the map.

If Oregon’s population keeps on growing, the state’s congressional delegation should grow from five to six.

Kari Chisholm of Blue Oregon makes a convincing case that a sixth Oregon congressional seat is a near certainty after the 2020 Census, which is the basis for reapportioning congressional seats among states.

Assuming current population growth trends continue over the next four years, Chisholm says Oregon’s “6th Congressional District” would rank #417, well inside the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. If reapportionment was done today, Chisholm says Oregon ranks #433.

Oregon came close to qualifying for a sixth congressional district in the last Census in 2010. However, the recession hit Oregon hard and its population growth tailed off. Oregon’s 6th congressional district ranked #442, Chisholm said.

A sponsor of lots of political punditry, Chisholm suggests it isn’t too early to imagine how a sixth congressional district in Oregon would be configured – and who it might benefit. We’ll take the bait and ask Oregon Insider readers to offer up their maps, even if they are scrawled on napkins.

There are a few rules:

  • Districts should be compact.
  • Districts should stick as closely as possible to city and county lines.
  • Districts should be drawn to recognize community interests.
  • Districts shouldn’t be drawn to isolate any particular group of people to a single district or split them up into several districts.

Send us your redistricting map and names of who you would like to see go to Congress to represent Oregon, expanding on the state’s current congressional representatives. We’ll post what you send after the first of the year.