Roll Call: PA15 Ranked in Top 10 Districts ‘Surely to Change After Census Release’
Although each congressional district in Pennsylvania will change after reapportionment, especially due to the state being slated to lose a seat, one specific House district in the Keystone State was mentioned by a national outlet following the new population data released by the U.S. Census on Thursday.
Roll Call has listed Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District as one of the “10 House districts that are sure to change after census release.”
Roll Call’s Michael Macagnone notes that Rep. GT Thompson’s (R-Centre) 15th District, under its current lines, “shrunk over the past decade” to now represent 674,000 people.
Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District was paired in the analysis with West Virginia’s 3rd District and Ohio’s 6th District, due to being the smallest districts in population in each state that is “slated to lose a seat come 2022.”
“All three are represented by Republicans and stretch across rural parts of former steel and coal production areas that are overwhelmingly white and where residents tend to be older than the rest of the country,” Macagnone writes.
Although each district in Pennsylvania will have to average 764,000 people under the new maps, Macagnone mentions that it doesn’t “necessarily mean” that Thompson’s seat will be drawn out, as he cites that Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) announced he will seek the Democratic Party nomination for U.S. Senate, instead of seeking reelection in the 17th Congressional District.
Thompson is currently the longest serving Republican in the state’s Congressional delegation.
He was first elected to Congress in 2008 to serve in the old 5th Congressional District after besting Democrat Mark McCracken by 15 points. He cruised to reelection in 2020 after defeating Democrat Robert Williams by 52 points in the GOP friendly 15th Congressional District.