Alabama retains 7 seats in Congress

Published: Apr. 27, 2021 at 8:38 AM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Alabama will not lose a House seat as a result of the 2020 Census. It’s been a nail-biter for politicians as the state awaited the final count from the Census Bureau.

“Alabama policymakers thought we might lose a seat because of slow growth compared to others in the south. Texas has experienced a lot of growth. Florida has experienced a lot of growth,” said Professor Peter Jones, Political Science and Public Administration, “This is what’s hugely important. This sets the political map for the next decade.”

The state finished with an overall household response rate of 99.9 percent according to Governor Kay Ivey. The Census Bureau uses that data collected and population growth and decline numbers from across the country to determine Congressional Apportionment.

Census Data shows 331 million people live in the U.S. which is a 7.4 percent increase from 2010 - 2020 - with the south experiencing the most growth at 10.2 percent. Five million people live in Alabama right now which is up from 4.8 million recorded on the 2010 Census - growth that appears to have saved our seats.

Governor Kay Ivey released a statement late Monday afternoon, saying in part:

“I am extremely pleased that we will keep all seven of our current seats in the U.S. House to provide valued and needed voices to advocate for our state and our people for the next 10 years.”

Now that we have updated population numbers, lawmakers will redraw congressional districts line for the state. Those could lean more in favor of Republicans because Alabama is controlled by a Republican legislature. That information is expected to come out in September.

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