Louisiana's Legislature wrapped up their once-a-decade special session on redistricting February 18, two days ahead of schedule.
Legislators approved new district maps for the following government bodies, which largely maintain the status quo:
• U.S. House (HB1 / SB5)
• State Senate (SB1)
• State House (HB14)
• Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) (HB3)
• Public Service Commission (PSC) (HB2)
(Click the bill numbers above to access the approved legislation. Maps are included in the adopted bill text or final adopted amendment.)
Lawmakers also debated redrawing the state Supreme Court districts for the first time in 25 years but failed to reach the 2/3 majority of each chamber required.
Two big open questions remain, both related to failed efforts to add more majority-minority seats:
1. Will the Governor veto any of the maps? 2. How will expected legal challenges play out?
If the approved Congressional map is upheld, One Acadiana parishes would be represented as follows:
• District 3 (Rep. Clay Higgins): Acadia, Iberia, Jeff Davis, Lafayette, St. Martin (upper), St. Mary (majority), Vermilion parishes
• District 4 (Rep. Mike Johnson): Evangeline Parish, St. Landry Parish
• District 6 (Rep. Garret Graves): St. Martin Parish (lower), St. Mary Parish (2 precincts covering Amelia and part of Patterson)
New Congressional Map Approved in Redistricting Session(Source: HB1)
Changes to the state Senate districts within the One Acadiana region include the westward shift of Senate District 22 (currently represented by Sen. Fred Mills) to include more of Lafayette Parish and the westward shift of Senate District 21 (currently represented by Sen. Bret Allain) to include more of Iberia Parish.
New State Senate Map Approved in Redistricting Session(Source: SB1)