Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 3, 2011
Senate approves redistricting bills
The full Senate has approved two redistricting measures.
House Bill 2145 will provide for new district lines for the State
House of Representatives. That measure now returns to the House
for further consideration. The Senate also voted on Tuesday in favor
of House Bill 1527, redrawing the boundaries for Oklahoma’s
five congressional districts. That measure is now headed to Gov.
Mary Fallin for her approval.
Oklahoma is required to redraw legislative and congressional district
lines every ten years to reflect population changes determined by
the U.S. Census Bureau. In the last ten years, the state’s
population increased by 8.71 percent. The 2000 Census recorded Oklahoma’s
population at 3,450,654. In 2010, it was 3,751,351.
Sen. Eddie Fields, R-Wynona, and Sen. Kim David, R-Wagoner, serve
as the Congressional Redistricting Chair and Vice-Chair.
“The goal is to ensure equal representation for all citizens
in every part of the state, which means dividing the population
equally among the districts,” Fields said. “We were
able to give Districts 1 through 4 the exact same number of citizens,
with just one additional person for District 5.
Under HB 1527, Oklahoma Congressional Districts 1 through 4 will
each have 750,250. District 5 will have 750,251.
“That’s remarkably close to an exact division of population,
and all of Oklahoma’s congressional members support the final
maps,” David said.
Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, and Sen. Bryce Marlatt, R-Woodward,
are Co-Chairs of the Senate Committee on Redistricting. Jolley said
while there is additional work to be done by the House and Senate
on their redistricting, he’s very pleased with how the congressional
redistricting process has gone.
“I attribute that to our Senate staff. Their experience and
knowledge is second to none, and they’ve simply done an excellent
job,” Jolley said. “I also want to thank Senator Fields
and Senator David for their hard work as well as Senate President
Pro Tempore Brian Bingman for his outstanding leadership.”
“Oklahoma’s population has grown by just over 300,000
people, an increase of 8.71 percent over ten years,” Marlatt
said. “Our members, staff and leadership have done an excellent
job with the 2011 redistricting, and I’m very gratified the
congressional redistricting bill is headed to the governor.”
Members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation were also
pleased with the redistricting process.
“The Oklahoma Senate Redistricting Committee has done painstaking
work in drawing out the most fair, logical and current boundaries,”
said Congressman John Sullivan, OK-1. “They should be commended
for their work. These lines meet the population requirements down
to the household, and I believe everyone is pleased with the outcome
of this lengthy process.”
Congressman Dan Boren, OK-2, said the redistricting process had
been fair and without controversy.
“The state's Congressional delegation lead by Congressman
Frank Lucas and the leadership of the State Legislature have worked
together throughout the entire process in a bipartisan way. I am
extremely excited about the possibility of representing Marshall
County in Congress. I spent quite a bit of my early childhood on
Lake Texoma, my grandmother Oteka was born in Lebanon, and my late
mother Janna grew up in Madill. I would also like to welcome the
constituents in the western part of Rogers County to the district.
It has been a very rewarding experience representing portions of
Rogers County since I was elected in 2004, and I fought hard throughout
the redistricting process to make sure it remained a part of the
district. I look forward to representing the views and wishes of
the voters in both these areas as fervently as I do all of my constituents
in eastern Oklahoma. I encourage the people living in Murray County
and western Rogers County to contact my office should they need
assistance with a federal agency, or if they have a question about
legislation being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives.”
“I congratulate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman and members
of the State Senate today on passing congressional redistricting
legislation,” said Congressman Frank Lucas, OK-3. “The
distinguished efforts of Redistricting Co-Chairs Senators Clark
Jolley and Bryce Marlatt have produced a map that ensures that the
common interests of our communities will continue to be well represented.
I would also like to commend Senator Eddie Fields and Senator Kim
David for their work on the congressional redistricting. The committee's
ability to redraw lines that assembled broad support is a testament
to their professionalism.”
Congressman Tom Cole, OK-4, also praised how well the 2011 redistricting
work had gone.
"This has been one of the smoothest redistricting processes
in recent memory. House and Senate leaders have demonstrated great
leadership and cooperation in ensuring a bipartisan, transparent
and fair process,” Cole said. “Senate President Pro
Tempore Brian Bingman, and Senators Clark Jolley and Bryce Marlatt
should be commended for their hard work in guiding the plan through
“While the redistricting process is often an acrimonious
process, and has been in many other states this year, the process
of drawing Congressional districts in Oklahoma was very smooth and
equitable. Oklahoma redistricting resulted in fair districts which
will serve the citizens of our state well for the next ten years,”
said Congressman James Lankford, OK-5. “I commend Redistricting
Co-Chairs, Senators Clark Jolley and Bryce Marlatt, Senators Kim
David and Eddie Fields, as well as Senate staff for their good work
and open communications during this process. I look forward to serving
the wonderful people of Pottawatomie County, Seminole County, and
most of Oklahoma County.”
For more information contact:
Sen. Jolley: (405) 521-5622
Sen. Marlatt: (405) 521-5626
Sen. David: (405) 521-5590
Sen. Fields: (405) 521-5581