Mapping the future

New congressional, legislative districts proposed; Green, Kraayenbrink in same Senate district

Two Republican state senators from Webster County would be placed in the same district, according to the first draft of a legislative redistricting plan.

State Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink, of Fort Dodge, and state Sen. Jesse Green, of Harcourt, both live within the boundaries of the proposed new Senate District 4. That district includes Calhoun, Pocahontas, Sac and Webster counties.

Kraayenbrink now represents Senate District 5, which includes Calhoun, Humboldt and Pocahontas counties, plus most of Webster County.

Green now represents Senate District 24, which includes Boone, Greene, and Hamilton counties, plus southeast Webster County.

Neither senator expressed a strong opinion on the proposed map.

”I am just kind of letting the process work its way through,” Kraayenbrink said.

Green said ”I am neutral to the map and flexible.”

”I admire Tim and respect him so much,” he added.

Webster County would be served by one state senator and two state representatives according to that first draft of a redistricting plan.

It would also remain part of a sprawling Fourth Congressional District now represented by U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull.

The maps for the congressional and legislative districts were prepared by the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency. State lawmakers will vote on them during a special session in October.

Redistricting is required after every U.S. census.

State Rep. Mike Sexton, R-Rockwell City, described Iowa’s process of having non-partisan staffers draw up the legislative boundaries as ”the gold standard” for redistricting in the country.

Here is a look at the proposed districts that include Webster County.

Senate District 4

All of Calhoun, Pocahontas, Sac and Webster counties.

House District 7

This would include Fort Dodge and eastern Webster County. It includes much of the current House District 9 represented by state Rep. Ann Meyer, R-Fort Dodge.

House District 8

This district would include Calhoun, Pocahontas and Sac counties, plus western Webster County. It includes much of the current House District 10 now represented by Sexton.

Here’s what the lawmakers had to say about the redistricting proposal:

Sen. Green: ”I’m neutral to the map and flexible. I just got elected to this district and I just feel like I got a feel for the district and now I have to go through redistricting. I’m thankful we do have the best redistricting process in the nation.”

Sen. Kraayenbrink:”I just kind of looked at my district. I am just kind of letting the process work it’s way through.”

Rep. Meyer:”My district doesn’t change too much. Iowa has the fairest process for drawing the legislative map.”

Rep. Sexton: ”I like my new map. I hope we take the first map and we’re just done with it. It’s the gold standard for redistricting in the nation. I trust it 100 percent.”


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