Pa’s New Congressional Maps
By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor
Hot off the presses, Pa’s future congressional map. Pending approval by the majority Republican Pa. House, Pa. Senate and Governor Tom Corbett, of course.
The full list of municipalities within each district is set to be posted on Wednesday. We’re told that instances where municipalities appear to be non-contiguous (e.g. Kennet Square in Chester County) reflect errors in the image, rather than the actual plan.
Here is the zoomed-in SEPA map:
And here is the zoomed-in SWPA, featuring the intra-party matchup between Reps. Jason Altmire and Mark Critz:
Here are the changes, spelled out as to how they benefit incumbent congressmen and women:
Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Allegheny) added more of Washington and Westmoreland counties, and added part of Greene county. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Blair) was a GOP team player. He added all of Fayette County and Democratic-leaning areas in Greene and Washington counties.
As expected, the map pits Congressmen Jason Altmire and Mark Critz against each other as the state loses a district. Check out PoliticsPA’s look at the forthcoming primary battle. Whoever wins, the newly created 12th district will be competitive for a Republican challenger.
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) gets safer by shedding half of Erie County and gaining in Butler. Rep. Glenn Thompson keeps Venango County and picks up half of Erie.
Rep. Tom Marino (R-Lycoming) loses a number of Democratic strongholds and gains in GOP-rich central Pa., including all of his home county. Rep. Lou Barletta sheds Scranton and Wilkes-Barre as well as Monroe County, and picks up parts of Dauphin and Cumberland counties.
Rep. Todd Platts will add the city of Harrisburg. Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Chester) added the city of Reading and additional portions of his home county. He ceded part of Lancaster County to Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Delaware).
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh) shed Easton in favor of territory in Berks, Lebanon and Dauphin counties.
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick lost his portion of Philadelphia and added more Republican areas in Montgomery County. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Chester) picked up parts of Lancaster County the first time, and swapped Democrats for Republicans in Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties. He no longer has Reading, where 2010 and 2012 opponent Mana Trivedi lives. Rep. Pat Meehan is the real winner in this map. He added parts of Berks and Lancaster counties, and swapped out Democrats for Republicans in Chester, and Montgomery counties. He shed the left-leaning parts of Delaware County.
Democratic incumbents, besides Altmire and Critz, fared similarly well as Republicans sought to shuffle lean-D areas out of their districts. Rep. Tim Holden (D-Schuylkill) lost Dauphin and Lebanon counties to add Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and Easton. Rep. Mike Doyle added more Pittsburgh-area Democrats. Philadelphia-area Reps. Bob Brady, Chaka Fattah and Allyson Schwartz saw their districts become more blue.