The Supreme Court of Virginia unanimously approved maps establishing congressional and state legislative districts under the commonwealth’s new redistricting maps Dec. 28. This fell to the Supreme Court of Virginia because Virginia’s bipartisan redistricting commission failed to agree on a new map by the deadline.

The congressional level in Fairfax County is still split into three districts. In the 9th District, Rep. Don Beyer (D) represents southern areas of the county such as Mount Vernon. Meanwhile, in the 11th District, Rep. Gerry Connolly represents the central and northern parts of the county surrounding the City of Fairfax. Finally, in the 10th District, Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D) represents the western parts of Fairfax County and Loudoun County. 

In terms of changes, Connolly gained parts of northern and western Fairfax County (Chantilly, Great Falls, and McLean) from the 10th District. Meanwhile, Wexton lost Winchester, Clarke County, and Frederick County to the 6th District, but gained Fauquier County and Rappahannock County.

Wexton took to Twitter to express her thoughts on the new congressional maps, stating “I’ve spent my career in public service working to improve the lives of the children and families in our community. I’ve helped our families and small businesses weather the COVID economic crisis, championed legislation to create good-paying jobs by rebuilding our infrastructure, delivered for our district through my role on the Appropriations Committee, authored bills to support victims of abuse and domestic violence, and held the Chinese government accountable for their human rights atrocities.

“One of the most direct ways I can impact the lives of those I serve is through constituent services, which is why I’m proud that my team is second to none — successfully handling more than 6,500 constituent cases and returning over $11.2 million to taxpayers in our district,” Wexton said.

“I’m excited to get to work continuing to share my record of bipartisan success as I campaign for reelection in the 10th District,” the representative said of her upcoming campaign. 

At the state level, new maps were approved for the Virginia House of Delegates and the Virginia State Senate to accommodate for the recent 2020 Census. In the House of Delegates, all 100 seats are up for election every two years, and in the State Senate, all 40 seats are up for election every four years. These new maps will take effect for Virginia’s 2022 legislative elections.

In terms of changes, the new districting maps created a dilemma where incumbents will face each other in six House of Delegates districts and two state Senate districts in Northern Virginia.  It also created seven House districts and two Senate districts where no incumbents currently live; Virginia legislators are required to live in the districts they represent.

 

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