Missouri House Speaker Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold) presides over the chamber on April 5, 2022 (file photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

New Missouri congressional redistricting map heading to Missouri governor’s desk

Missouri House Speaker Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold) presides over the chamber on April 5, 2022 (file photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

With less than 24 hours to spare, Missouri lawmakers have approved a new congressional redistricting map that splits Columbia and Boone County into two districts. The line is along Broadway in Columbia.

The bill is heading to Governor Mike Parson’s (R) desk. GOP supporters say it’s a solid 6-2 Republican map. But it also protects the urban districts of U.S. Reps. Cori Bush (D-St. Louis) and Emanuel Cleaver (D-Kansas City).

The Senate approved the bill Thursday on a 22-11 vote, ending a stalemate that’s lasted all session. It moves Cooper and Moniteau counties to the east-central Missouri district of U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-St. Elizabeth), and it moves Moberly and Randolph county to the northern Missouri district of U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Tarkio).

Senate Conservative Caucus leader Bob Onder (R-Lake St. Louis) is blasting Senate leaders over the new map. He suggests it will put another Missouri Democrat in Congress.

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