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Missouri House Special Committee on Redistricting Chairman Dan Shaul (R-Imperial) speaks in Jefferson City on January 26, 2022 (file photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

Proposed new Missouri House map splits Columbia and Boone County; Cooper and Moniteau would go to third district

Missouri House Special Committee on Redistricting Chairman Dan Shaul (R-Imperial) speaks in Jefferson City on January 26, 2022 (file photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

A new congressional redistricting map that splits Columbia and Boone County could hit the Missouri House floor in Jefferson City on Monday.

The House Special Committee on Redistricting has approved the new map, which moves part of Columbia and Boone County to U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer’s (R-St. Elizabeth) east-central Missouri district. Cooper and Moniteau counties would also move to the third district, under the new map. Ashland, Boonville and California would all move to the third district, under the new proposal.

The map unveiled by House Redistricting Committee Chairman Dan Shaul (R-Imperial) is a solid 6-2 map, and it puts more Republican voters in Congresswoman Ann Wagner’s (R-Ballwin) second district. It also keeps U.S. Rep. Cori Bush (D-St. Louis) and Emanuel Cleaver’s (D-Kansas City) districts solidly blue.

There are other changes that would impact mid-Missouri. Moberly and Randolph County would move to U.S. Rep. Sam Graves’ (R-Tarkio) sprawling sixth district, which covers more square miles than nine states.

Missouri is the only state in the nation that hasn’t approved a redistricting map.

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