House releases its proposed congressional redistricting plan

by T.W. Budig
ECM Capitol reporter

If former Democratic state senator Tarryl Clark of St. Cloud wants to run for Congress in the 8th Congressional District it may not be a matter of buying the house across the street.

The House Redistricting Committee congressional redistricting map released today (Monday, May 9) compacts the currently narrow, north-to-south running 7th Congressional District and pulls it to the east through the counties of Morrison, Benton, Kanabec, Pine and Chisago counties to the St. Croix River.

Indeed, 8th Congressional District Rep. Chip Cravaack, of Lindstrom, would no longer being living in the 8th District under the proposed House planned.

First-term Republican Cravaack indicated in a statement the proposed House plan would not affect his representation.

“That will not change, regardless of any proposed changes to Minnesota’s Congressional map. I remain focused on tackling the critical issues facing the 8th District, the State of Minnesota and the United States as we work together to create a brighter future for the next generation,” said Cravaack in a statement.

Under the proposed redistricting plan, the 8th Congressional District would be shoved to the north.

As for the 6th Congressional District, under  the House redistricting plan the district, which currently contains the counties Benton and Sterns, would largely be clipped of both.

Sherburne County would still be in the 6th District under the proposal.

The 6th District would still tuck around the eastern side of the metro as it does now.

The 2nd Congressional District would still contain Dakota County under the proposed redistricting plan.

Second District Congressman John Kline, R-Lakeville, would still live in his district.

To the south, in the 1st Congressional District, the proposed plan has the district flaring to the north on its western side.

Last week the Republican House passed its proposed legislative district redistricting plan. It has not yet debated its congressional redistricting plan. The Republican Senate has yet to pass any redistricting plan.

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has spoken of looking for bipartisan support when considering whether to accept or reject a redistricting proposal.

Clark, who unsuccessfully ran against 6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, R-Stillwater, last election, has indicated her intentions to run for Congress in the 8th District.

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