A Minnesota court panel on Tuesday released it’s plans for new congressional and legislative districts for the State of Minnesota for the next decade. The court took over the redistricting process after Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature failed to agree on new political maps. In the local area, the First Congressional District remains largely unchanged, although it has been expanded northward to include Le Sueur and Rice Counties, and will no longer include most of Cottonwood and all of Murray and Pipestone Counties. State legislative districts have changed considerably, with Brown County now joining most of Redwood County to form House District 16-B. Lyon, Yellow Medicine and Lac Qui Parle Counties are a part of Senate District 16 as well. Nicollet County and Mankato are now Senate District 19, and most of Watonwan, Blue Earth and Waseca Counties make up House District 23-B. They join Faribault, Martin and most of Jackson Counties to form Senate District 23. Minnesota’s new legislative district maps pit 46 incumbents against each other and create 23 open seats. The new House maps released Tuesday pair 30 incumbents against each other and create 15 open seats. New Senate maps pit 16 incumbents against each other and create eight open seats. The House gets six districts with two incumbent Republicans, including the new District 23-B in most of Watonwan, Blue Earth, and Waseca Counties which would have Paul Torkelson facing Tony Cornish, who says he is running no matter what. The House will also now have six districts with two incumbent Democrats, plus three Democrat-versus-Republican pairings. The Senate gets four districts with two incumbent Republicans, two with two Democratic incumbents, and two Democrat-on-Republican conflicts. Minnesota’s redrawn legislative maps can also be viewed online at www.mncourts.gov.
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