Arizona census stunner: No 10th congressional seat

U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Ariz., receives his first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 on Dec. 22. Photo from @RepGregStanton Twitter feed. Stanton is the newest member of Arizona’s congressional delegation.

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

Arizona will not gain a 10th congressional seat that was widely expected — and, for many politicians, highly anticipated — the U.S. Census Bureau revealed on Monday when it announced reapportionment figures.

Six states will gain extra seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Texas will gain two, while Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon will each gain one seat.

Arizona will have nine congressional districts, as it’s had for the past decade.

This marks the first time in 70 years that Arizona will not gain a new congressional seat. Arizona had one House seat from statehood in 1912 through the 1930s, gaining a second seat from the 1940 census. It didn’t gain a seat from the 1950 census, but got a third district from the 1960 census and gained one new seat in every subsequent census through 2010, except the 2000 census, which gave Arizona two new seats.

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