Republican Legislature Passes Redistricting Plan

The Senate and Assembly approved legislation which redraws Wisconsin’s political boundaries for the state’s 8 congressional districts, 33 Senate Districts, and 99 Assembly Districts.

The Legislature is charged every ten years with redrawing the lines based on population data from the U.S. Census. Wisconsin’s population increased 300,000 over the past decade. There has been growth around the Madison and Fox Valley region while northern Wisconsin and Milwaukee saw a decline.

The three bills passed by the Senate and Assembly redrawing the maps are Senate Bills 148, 149, and 150. Democrats decried the legislation as a power grab by Republicans, claiming that the newly drawn districts will unfairly help Republicans retain control of their majority.

This post was authored by Great Lakes Legal Foundation intern, Lane Oling, a 2L at the University of Wisconsin Law School.