West Virginia Senate District 10 is going to look different if a proposed Senate Redistricting Committee map meets approval.
In a special session on Monday, Oct. 11, called by Gov. Jim Justice, members of the Senate Redistricting Committee voted to move the map titled “Trump Senate Map 8” before the full Senate for their consideration. The map’s name comes from Senate Redistricting Committee Chair Charles Trump (R-Morgan, 15).
Currently, Senate District 10 includes Fayette, Greenbrier, Summers and Monroe counties, but due to population shift following the 2020 Census, legislative lines must be redrawn to give each resident equal representation.
The proposed map for District 10 includes all of Greenbrier, Summers and Monroe counties, but brings Pocahontas County into the district and a small portion of Kanawha County.
A portion of Fayette County would become part of proposed Senate District 9.
If approved, proposed Senate District 10 will total 101,365 residents with the following residents per county:
– Fayette: 35,567;
– Greenbrier: 32,977;
– Kanawha: 617;
– Monroe: 12,376;
– Pocahontas: 7,869;
– Summers: 11,959.
The ideal population for each senatorial district is 105,513.
Each senatorial district is represented by two senators. There are 17 state senatorial districts and a total of 34 senators in West Virginia.
According to the West Virginia State Constitution, if a senatorial district is composed of more than one county, both senators for such district shall not be chosen from the same county.
Currently, Senate District 10 is represented by Stephen Baldwin Jr. (D-Greenbrier) and Jack Woodrum (R-Summers).
Pocahontas County is currently in Senate District 11.
The Senate was scheduled to reconvene on Oct. 12, for discussion of the proposed map, but details of this session were not available as of press time. If the Senate approves this map, it must pass through the House of Delegates before it reaches the Governor’s desk for approval.