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Maryland Congressional Delegation Sends Letter to Governor Hogan Requesting Support for National Redistricting Reform

Feb 23, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) along with U.S. Representatives Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), John Sarbanes (MD-03), John Delaney (MD-06), Anthony Brown (MD-04), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08) sent a letter to Governor Larry Hogan, requesting his support for bipartisan, national redistricting reform. 

“All of us recognize the need for national redistricting reform. Given the reality that both parties have used the redistricting process to their advantage and neither party is willing to act unilaterally in a way that might be disadvantageous, we believe that any real reform effort must be national and bipartisan,” the Members wrote. “With your party now controlling both the legislative and executive branches at the federal level, you are in a strong position to put pressure on Congress and the White House to work on bipartisan, national redistricting reform.”

The full text of the letter is below.

The Hon. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.
Governor
State of Maryland
100 State Circule
Annapolis, Maryland

Dear Governor Hogan:

All of us recognize the need for national redistricting reform. Given the reality that both parties have used the redistricting process to their advantage and neither party is willing to act unilaterally in a way that might be disadvantageous, we believe that any real reform effort must be national and bipartisan. With your party now controlling both the legislative and executive branches at the federal level, you are in a strong position to put pressure on Congress and the White House to work on bipartisan, national redistricting reform.

This week, Rep. Lofgren introduced H.R. 1102, the Redistricting Reform Act, legislation that some of us have cosponsored. Some of us have also cosponsored H.R. 712, the John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act. Both of these bills would move us closer to the kind of nationwide redistricting reform that would free our country of the ills of gerrymandering.

The National Governors Association will convene in Washington for its Winter Meeting on February 24, providing a fitting opportunity for you to move the ball forward on this effort. Over the course of the meetings you and your fellow bipartisan group of governors have with the Congressional leadership and representatives from the Administration, we hope that you serve as a forceful advocate for moving quickly on national redistricting reform. This would be an excellent way to signal that Republicans are serious about “draining the swamp.” Democrats are ready to work with Republicans to achieve a real victory in this area for the American people.

We look forward to hearing about your discussions at the National Governors Association and how they relate to our shared goal of fixing our redistricting process in a way that is fair, transparent, and democratic.

Sincerely yours,