Plan switches Milam congressional distrct

A congressional redistricting plan introduced Tuesday in the first day of the Texas Legislature’s special session would place Milam County in a different congressional district.

The plan, if approved, would change the county from District 30, currently represented by John Carter (R-Round Rock) to District 17, currently represented by Bill Flores (R-Bryan).

Ironically, that’s the district formerly represented by longtime Congressman Chet Edwards (DWaco) who represented Milam County in the congress for two decades.

Edwards was unseated by Flores in the November, 2010, elections.

Carter’s District 30 shrunk considerably in the redistricting plan as Williamson County’s population grew 77 percent during the past decade, from 249,967 in 2000 to 422,679 in 2010.

Currently the district stretches all the way to Erath County (Stephenville). The plan proposed Tuesday shrinks District 30 to include only Williamson and Bell Counties.

The U. S. Constitution mandates that congressional districts must have roughly equal populations.

The proposed new District 17 gets most of its population from Waco, Bryan-College Station and a slice of the northeastern Austin suburbs that does not include Round Rock or Hutto.

It contains all of Milam, McLennan, Brazos, Limestone, Falls, Freestone, Robertson and Burleson counties, half of Leon county, a third of Lee County, a slice of northeastern Travis County and the northwestern tip of Bastrop County.

An earlier redistricting plan, still pending approval, kept Milam County in Texas House District 20, currently represented by Dr. Charles Schwertner (RGeorgetown).

That plan links Milam and Burnet Counties through a strip of Williamson County which includes the city of Georgetown.

Redistricting was added to the legislature’s special session agenda by Gov. Rick Perry.

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