Control of the Redistricting Process:
State Legislative Elections in 2000

The Center summarizes some of the key battlegrounds for control of state legislatures -- and, in some cases, control of redistricting and state election results for the next decade.

Commentary by Rob Richie and Steve Hill on the battle for control of state legislatures in the MoJo Wire.

 

State

Chamber

Seat difference

Partisan Breakdown

 

 

 

 

Arizona

Senate

2 seats

16 R ˝ 14 D

 

House

heavily Republican

(by 20 seats, 40 ˝ 20)

Governor, R, has veto over both congressional and state districting.

The stakes: If redistricting commission ballot measure fails this fall, will Republicans control redistricting and potentially a 7-1 edge in the U.S. House?

Connecticut

Senate

2 seats

19 D ˝ 17 R

 

House

heavily Democratic

(by 41 seats)

Governor, R, has NO veto power over either congressional or state plans.

The stakes: Will the Democrats hold onto monopoly control of redistricting and shape just who loses the congressional seat to be lost due to reapportionment?

Kentucky

Senate

2 seats

20 R ˝ 18 D

 

House

heavily Democratic

(by 30 seats, 65 ˝ 35)

Governor, D, has veto over both congressional and state districting.

The stakes: Will Democrats win monopoly control and a chance to win back U.S. House seats, now controlled 5-1 by Republicans?

Missouri

Senate

2 seats

18 D ˝ 16 R

 

House

8 seats

84 D ˝ 76 R ˝ 1I ˝ 2 vacancy

Governor, D, has veto over congressional plan only.

The stakes: Will Democrats hold onto the governorÝs mansion and legislature and have monopoly control in a state where Democrats are holding onto marginal districts?

Pennsylvania

Senate

solidly Republican

(by 10 seats, 30 ˝ 20)

 

House

1 seat

102 R ˝ 101 D

Governor, R, has veto over congressional plan only.

The stakes: Will the Democrats retake the house and prevent a Republican redistricting that could cut the Democratic delegation in half by the end of the decade?

South Carolina

Senate

2 seats

24 D ˝ 22 R

 

House

5 seats

64 R ˝ 59 D ˝ 1 vacancy

Governor, D, has veto power for both congressional and state districting.

The stakes: Will Democrats re-take the House and gain monopoly control?

Texas

Senate

1 seat

16 R ˝ 15 D

 

House

6 seats

78 D ˝ 72 R

Governor, R, has veto power for both congressional and state districting.

The stakes: Will Republicans finish their sweep of the state by taking the House or can the Democrats retake the Senate and seek to protect their U.S. House districts?

Wisconsin

Senate

1 seat

17 D ˝ 16 R

 

House

9 seats

55 R ˝ 44 D

Governor, R, has veto over both congressional and state districting

The stakes: Will the Republicans take the Senate and have monopoly control of redistricting in a state with several swing U.S. House districts?

Other states with relatively close state legislative margins include:

  • Illinois (with a 5-seat difference in Senate and 6-seat difference in House)
  • Indiana, (6-seat difference in House)
  • Maine (8-seat difference in House and a 6-seat difference in Senate)
  • Michigan (6-seat difference in House and 8-seat difference in Senate)
  • Nevada (3-seat difference in Senate)
  • Oregon, (4-seat difference in Senate)
  • Tennessee (3-seat difference in House).