New congressional district maps may look very different

Kansas population has shifted toward Lawrence and KC metro

July 25, 2018 - 5:07 am

There are contested races this year in all four of the state’s congressional districts. But in just a few years, those districts will look very different from how they look today. 

The Lawrence Journal World reports that in 2022, the next governor and Legislature will have to redraw those district lines based on the 2020 census. And since the 2010 census, the population of Kansas has shifted strongly toward the Lawrence and Kansas City areas. 

Based on the most recent estimates growth that has occurred in just four counties — Johnson, Wyandotte, Douglas and Leavenworth — accounts for 112 percent of all the population growth that has occurred in the state. Meanwhile, 86 mostly western and southeastern counties have lost population. 

Kansas will likely still have four seats in Congress, but depending on how the lines are re-drawn, seats could be more or less Kansas-City based. In 2012, the Legislature couldn't agree on a plan and judges had to draw the lines.

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