The Missouri Senate has given approval to a congressional map that likely solidifies six GOP districts, while maintaining two overwhelmingly Democratic districts.
Thursday’s vote was 22-10. State Sen. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville), who voted for the bill, says State Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) has been working nonstop on the map.
“I think he said he has drawn since February almost 60 maps just trying to come up with some sort of solution to where we could get past the whole map situation,” Brattin says.
The Senate map moves most of Boone and all of Moniteau and Cooper counties from the fourth congressional district to the third, which is represented by U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-St. Elizabeth).
The map approved by the Missouri Senate keeps Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base in west-central Missouri’s fourth district. That was a top priority for Senator Brattin, who’s seeking the GOP nomination for the fourth district seat. Brattin joined us live on 939 the Eagle’s “Randy Tobler show.”
“That way whoever wins the race for the fourth (congressional district) is able to remain on the (House) Armed Services Committee, and remain a strong voice for our bases and our veterans here in the state,” says Brattin.
The new map now heads to the Missouri House, which returns to Jefferson City on Monday.