Redistricting - First Proposal (Rejected)
On April 12, 2001, the Legislative Service Bureau released the first proposed map of Iowa congressional and legislative districts. On May 2, this proposal was rejected 27-21 by the Iowa Senate. (The House did not vote on this plan.)
The Legislature was only able to accept or reject the proposal, and no amendments or changes were allowed. The Legislative Service Bureau must now produce a second plan. Again, the Legislature may accept or reject the second plan but cannot change it. If the second plan is rejected, the Legislative Service Bureau will produce a third plan. The Legislature can make amendments to the third plan.
All districts must be redrawn every 10 years to reflect the results of the U.S. census, so that all districts have nearly equal population.
Johnson County would have moved from the 1st Congressional District, currently represented by Rep. Jim Leach (R-Davenport) to a 2nd Congressional District represented by Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Davis City).
Plan 1 placed Johnson County into five Iowa House districts and three Iowa Senate districts, the same number as in the 1991 redistricting. Three Iowa House districts and one Iowa Senate district were entirely within Johnson County. The rejected boundaries followed current precinct lines.
Rejected House District 85 included Iowa City precincts 1-3, 7-13, and University Heights. Rep. Mary Mascher (D-Iowa City) resided within this district.
Rejected House District 86 included Iowa City precincts 5-6, 14-21, and 23-25. Rep. Vicki Lensing (D-Iowa City) resided within this district.
Rejected Senate District 43 included proposed House Districts 85 and 86. It encompassed University Heights and all of Iowa City except precincts 4 and 22. Sen. Joe Bolkcom (D-Iowa City) resided within this district.
Rejected House District 73 was entirely within Johnson County and included the following precincts:
Rejected House District 74 included parts of Washington and Keokuk Counties and the following Johnson County precincts:
Rejected Senate District 37 included proposed House Districts 73 and 74. Senators Bob Dvorsky (D-Coralville), Mark Shearer (D-Washington), and Sandra Greiner (R-Keota) resided in this district.
Rejected House District 84 included western Muscatine County and the following Johnson County precincts:
Rejected Senate District 42 included the Johnson County precincts in proposed House District 84 and all of Muscatine County. Sen. Richard Drake (R-Muscatine) resided within this district.
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