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Wood County delegate on state redistricting committee

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 5:51 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - After the 2022 elections, West Virginia will have two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. That’s compared to the current three seats, and as many as six a half-century ago.

Wood County Delegate Bill Anderson agrees, as many have speculated, the state will be divided into north and south congressional districts to reflect the change.

He is among the legislators appointed to the state’s joint House and Senate redistricting committee. That committee will also have the task of drawing up new legislative districts.

Anderson says it’s likely the southern part of the state will lose delegates, reflecting the population loss in that region.

”Primarily, the change will be a migration of seats from southern West Virginia,” Anderson says, “to adjustments throughout the state, into Morgantown, Monongalia County, and a couple in the Eastern Panhandle.”

Members of the Senate and House redistricting committees will host public hearings across the state this summer to hear feedback on redrawing political lines.

Anderson does not forsee a loss of representatives in the Mid-Ohio Valley. However, due to action a few years ago by the legislature, the state will be divided into 100 single-delegate districts.

The 10th district is currently represented by delegates John Kelly, Vernon Criss and Roger Conley.

There are two committees-one from the House of Delegates and one from the Senate. The two committees will separately redraw state House and Senate districts.

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