House GOP releases redistricting plan

Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, released her plan to redraw the state’s legislative boundaries. The U.S. Census Bureau released its 2010 Census data in March. Lawmakers are charged with taking that data and redrawing the political boundaries to ensure equal population in each legislative district.

Here’s the quick glance (according to House DFL and House GOP sources).

20 House members will be redrawn into the same legislative district.

They are:

GOP Rep. Larry Howes and DFL Rep. John Persell (Bemidji area)

DFL Rep. Lyle Koenen and DFL Rep. Andrew Falk (Southwestern Minnesota)

GOP Rep. Paul Torkelson and GOP Rep. Bob Gunther (Southcentral Minnesota)

GOP Rep. Mike Benson and DFL Rep. Tina Liebling (Rochester)

GOP Rep. Joyce Peppin and DFL Rep. Denise Dittrich (Northwest suburbs)

DFL Rep. Carolyn Laine and DFL Rep. Tom Tilberry (Fridley and Columbia Heights area)

GOP Rep. Connie Doepke and DFL Rep. John Benson (West Metro)

DFL Rep. Frank Hornstein and DFL Rep. Marion Greene (Minneapolis)

DFL Rep. Alice Hausman and DFL Rep. John Lesch (St. Paul)

DFL Rep. Sheldon Johnson and DFL Rep. Nora Slawik (St. Paul and Maplewood)

There are also ten open seats. They are in Sherburne County, Coon Rapids, Blaine, Prior Lake, the Burnsville and Lakeville area, Plymouth, St. Michael and Otsego area, St. Paul, Wadena and Cross Lake area and Rochester.

Six state senators are paired together under the plan:

GOP Sen. Gary Dahms and DFL Sen. Gary Kubly (Southwestern Minnesota)

DFL Sen. Patricia Torres Ray and DFL Sen. Linda Berglin (Minneapolis)

DFL Sen. Scott Dibble and DFL Sen. Ken Kelash (Minneapolis)

There are three open Senate seats under the House plan. They are in Bloomington, Minneapolis and the Northfield and Faribault area.

Anderson characterized her propsal as a “fair plan” that is based on the population growth derived from the 2010 census. She says the population growth was eight times greater in GOP controlled districts than DFL controlled districts.

Anderson says she hopes the House Redistricting Committee will move the proposal out of committee tomorrow night.

The House would then have to pass the plan and reconcile it with a Senate plan that has not been released yet. If Gov. Dayton vetoes the maps, the courts will redraw the lines after February 21, 2012.

Anderson says she will release the redrawn congressional boundaries soon. She says the full House will vote on that plan before the end of the year.

Follow this link to see the maps. Here’s a breakdown of which incumbents are paired together and where the open seats would be:


Here’s the list of Senate incumbents.


  • Pat Kaluza

    Aren’t Leidiger and Grunhagen together as well?

  • tom scheck

    They are not, according to my sources and my info.

  • Jeb

    Have they released the US House redistricting plan yet?

  • danno

    Rather than a list of legislators, I would like to see the map, please. Thank you.

  • danno

    The Senate map appears to be an invitation to veto. Gerry of Gerrymandering fame is tossing in his hypothetical grave, which cannot be found in its original location for some odd reason.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    Sarah Anderson offers 24 hours to study the redistricting map. The map she offers is so illegible at the Metro level it may take 24 hours just to trace the boundaries of my new district. Is there a better (legible) map?

  • mickyD

    If you have Google Earth, there’s a KML file that can be downloaded. There’s also an interactive map.

  • Michele

    I’m pretty curious to hear more about the logic behind some of the specifics.

    Minneapolis total population is 382,578 and there are currently 11 MInneapolis legislators in the Minnesota House. Each Minneapolis legislator currently represents 35,053 (rounding up) Minneapolis residents. The redistricting plan reduces the number or Minneapolis Representatives by at least 2 meaning each legislator would represent at least 42,508 citizens.

    Now consider Farmington which has 1 representative and only 21,086 citizens.

    Or how about Rosemount which also has one representative in the MN house for it’s 21,874 citizens.

    Or take Jordan which also has 1 representative in the MN house for it’s (hold the presses) 5470 residents.

    All these population stats are from the 2010 census. So what gives? How can they justify such a plan and claim this is a “one man, one vote” scheme? I’m serious and I’d like to hear a serious Republican response.

  • Ralph Crammedin

    @mickyD, thx, so you first find your new district on the state map, then go to the district map to find the boundaries. Got it.

    Wow, talk about Gerrymandered! My district is totally engineered to change to GOP. But then, Sarah Anderson is a Swiggum protegé and totally political animal, so I shouldn’t expect anything else. See you all in court. 😉

  • Chris

    What’s going on up on the Range? It’s hard to tell which precincts are in which districts. On the face of it, it looks like Rukavina and Melin would be pitted against each other, but the list doesn’t indicate that. So I suppose they’re trying to move Rukavina into the Arrowhead portion of the Range, instead of the core mining communities in central St. Louis County.