Ed Emmett in Houston Public Media: Texas Will Redraw Its Congressional Maps In 2021. Here’s How
by Andrew Schneider, Houston Public Media
When the Census results are released next spring, Texas is expected to gain as many as three new congressional seats. Redrawing the district maps for the U.S. House of Representatives – as well as for the State Legislature and the State Board of Education – will be one of the major tasks Texas lawmakers face in the next session.
But how does that work?
“There’re two different parts of the redistricting process,” said Ed Emmett, former Harris County judge and a former Republican state lawmaker, now a fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute. “There’s legislative redistricting, where you draw the Texas House and Texas Senate boundaries. And traditionally, the Texas House has passed a bill for House districts, the Senate has passed a bill for Senate districts, and they just accepted each other’s bills. My guess is that will probably happen again.”