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Senator Edwards Appointed to Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting

Committee begins the process of drawing new district boundaries today at 1:00 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) have appointed an interim committee to begin the process of drawing new district boundaries for use in the 2020 election for U.S. House of Representatives. Senator Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) has been appointed to the interim committee to represent one of the eight Senators that will serve.

“While I loathe the fact that activist judges are writing a legislative policy from their benches, we must respect our form of government. I consider it an honor to have been selected for the critically important task of ensuring that fair congressional maps are in place for the 2020 election,” said Sen. Edwards. “I realize that the term ‘fair’ has a different meaning to different people, and I doubt that everyone will agree on the result even after we redraw these congressional maps for the second time,” Edwards went on to say.

Senator Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell), who chairs the Senate Committee on Redistricting and Elections and will also co-chair the Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting, provided the following statement to describe the current state of affairs:

"There has been substantial interest in where Congressional redistricting stands right now and what we expect to happen in the coming weeks," Hise said. "The short and honest answer right now is 'I don't know.' We are currently under a state court's 'wink-and-nod' quasi-order that says they haven't gone through enough process yet to determine that the current Congressional maps violate the North Carolina Constitution, but they 'urge' us to go ahead and create new maps."

The interim committee convenes for the first time Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at 1:00 PM in Room 544 of the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh, NC. The meeting will be open to the public.