CALIFORNIA - On Monday, the results of the 2020 census were announced and California will lose one congressional seat for the first time ever.
The state’s population has increased to 39,538,223, which is 6.1% higher than in 2010.
However, that is the smallest population increase for California in over 100 years.
The House of Representatives will still have 435 members but California’s delegations will drop from 53 to 52, which is still the largest in the nation.
Of the 53 districts in California, one will have to go when district boundaries shift in the redistricting process.
A 2008 measure approved by voters established a Citizen Redistrict Commission that is made up of five Democrats, five Republicans and four Independents.
The commission will begin to work on collecting more detailed data from the U.S. Census Bureau and establish new districts, including for the state senate and assembly.
The reports should be completed by August and the new 52 districts will take effect before the 2022 mid-term elections.
Texas is gaining two seats while Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon will each gain a seat.
California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are all states losing one seat.