Emrick Opposes Congressional Redistricting Plan

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) announced today that he will be voting to oppose the congressional redistricting map that was unveiled Tuesday when it comes up for a vote on the House floor. Senate Bill 1249, the corresponding legislation which will soon be considered by the Senate State Government Committee, is expected to be voted next week by the full House.


Emrick issued the following statement in anticipation of the vote:


“When evaluating legislation, one of my primary considerations is the bill’s ability to benefit the people who live in my district. The proposed map at hand lends itself to one simple question - as part of a new congressional seat, and fractured from the Lehigh Valley, will my constituents receive adequate representation in Washington, D.C.? The answer to that question is a resounding ‘no.’


“The map as it is currently drawn splits Northampton County for the first time in 40 years. Treating the third-largest metropolitan region in the state in this manner is truly unacceptable.


“My vote to oppose the map is not a comment on the abilities of Congressman Tim Holden to serve his proposed district. Rather, it is a vote in favor of maintaining the strong voice of the Lehigh Valley and the Slate Belt in Congress. Residents of this area deserve better and should not be fractured in this manner.”

State Representative Joe Emrick
137th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Scott Little 

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