Redistricting Maps Have Implications For VA Congressional Seats

VIRGINIA — The Supreme Court of Virginia approved new maps for congressional districts and Virginia House and Senate districts, following the 2020 U.S. Census.

Redistricting happens every 10 years, accounting for population changes reflected in the Census.

The Supreme Court of Virginia's approval came after review of the redistricting maps and a public comment process. There were public hearings on Dec. 15 and 17, and written comments were also accepted.

The process had been passed on to the court after a bipartisan redistricting commission did not complete the redistricting work. According to the Virginia Public Access Project, the maps will impact the next election cycles for each office — 2022 for Congress, 2023 for Virginia Senate, and 2022 and 2023 for House of Delegates.

The changes have implications for Virginia's 11 congressional districts, including those in Northern Virginia.

In the 10th congressional district represented by Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Fauquier County and Rappahannock County are added, and Winchester, Clarke County, and Frederick County move to the 6th congressional district. Loudoun County, Manassas, and Manassas Park stay, and more of Prince William County is added.

In Fairfax County, the Chantilly area, Great Falls and part of McLean are taken from the 10th congressional district and added to the 11th congressional district, but a southwestern part of the county, including Clifton, remains in the 10th.

The redrawn district could make Wexton's re-election bid in 2022 more challenging. She had flipped the district blue after defeating then-incumbent Barbara Comstock (R-VA) in 2018.

Wexton released a statement following the approval of new congressional maps highlighting areas she's worked on as a congressional representative.

“I’ve helped our families and small businesses weather the COVID economic crisis, championed legislation to create good-paying jobs by rebuilding our infrastructure, delivered for our district through my role on the Appropriations Committee, authored bills to support victims of abuse and domestic violence, and held the Chinese government accountable for their human rights atrocities," Wexton said.

"One of the most direct ways I can impact the lives of those I serve is through constituent services, which is why I’m proud that my team is second to none — successfully handling more than 6,500 constituent cases and returning over $11.2 million to taxpayers in our district," she added. "I’m excited to get to work continuing to share my record of bipartisan success as I campaign for re-election in the 10th District."

The 11th congressional district, represented by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) ,includes much of Fairfax County, including part of northern and western Fairfax County that are added from the 10th congressional district. The district loses its part of Prince William County, which has been added to the 7th congressional district.

The 7th congressional district, represented by Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), will now include Spotyslvania County, Stafford County, Fredericksburg, King George County, Greene County, Madison County, and part of Prince William County. The district will no longer include parts of Henrico County (where Spanberger lives) and Chesterfield County, as well as Amelia, Louisa, Goochland, Powhatan counties. Culpeper and Orange counties remain in the district.

The 8th congressional district, represented by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), remains largely the same. The district keeps all of Arlington County, the City of Falls Church and the City of Alexandria. In Fairfax County, it is gaining more of McLean and Annandale, but the map has shifted east in areas south of the Beltway.

The Virginia Public Access Project has viewable congressional district maps, as well as for House of Delegates and Senate districts.

This article originally appeared on the Burke Patch