LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — The commission in charge of drawing new legislative and congressional maps for Michigan has released a draft of the state’s new congressional districts.
Michigan is going to lose a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives due to the latest census numbers, meaning there will be 13 districts rather than 14.
A major change proposed by the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is the consolidation of two districts along the lakeshore, which would require Rep. Fred Upton and Rep. Bill Huizenga to compete for the Republican nomination. The new lakeshore district would stretch from Grand Haven nearly all the way to Mackinaw City.
Ottawa County would be split into three different districts. One of those would also include all of Kent County and part of Ionia county.
The redraw District 12 would include Greenville and Montcalm County, but also swoop around through central Lower Michigan and along the northern part of Lake Huron, as well as include the entire Upper Peninsula.
In all, there would be more members of Congress representing West Michigan. Right now, there are three. Under the new proposed district map, there would be six.
The map released this week is not final; it’s merely the latest draft. It will be refined based on criteria the commission has to follow and public input.
—News 8 political reporter Rick Albin contributed to this report.