The Truth about My Redistricting Vote
5/11/2012
I want to address a recent Express-Times editorial which dealt with the controversial congressional redistricting, and clarify misconceptions that were portrayed by the author of the piece with regard to my votes.

On Dec. 14, 2011, I sent all local media a press release entitled Emrick Opposes Congressional Redistricting Plan. The release is available for viewing on my website, www.RepEmrick.com, under Latest News. From the beginning, I publicly opposed this plan, and the press release explains my rationale for opposing the new maps and my steadfast support for keeping the Lehigh Valley and Slate Belt whole.

The release of this statement did not come without opposition. I was immediately approached by members of leadership who were not happy with my stance. I stated that my primary allegiance is to my constituents, and fracturing Northampton County for the first time in 40 years was completely unacceptable.

On Dec. 23, 2011, I issued a release to residents in my district. It explained and reaffirmed my steadfast opposition to the plan to divide our region, and my settling for nothing less than a map that kept the region whole. This included opposing a gerrymandered Democrat map which also failed to keep Northampton County and the Lehigh Valley intact. I have offered in response to certain detractors the analogy of placing an order for a pizza, and getting in return only six or seven slices. Anything but the pizza in its entirety would be unacceptable.

In the end, the plan passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support, as 40 percent of House Democratic members voted yes. I remained steadfast in my opposition as one of only eight House Republicans in the state to vote no on the Congressional map. As I stated in the Dec. 23 release, “I did what I thought was best for our region...in other words, for you. I am not happy with the outcome, but did what I could to change it. I look forward to working with our two congressional representatives, all of us with the goal of serving the people who send us to work for them.”

State Representative Joe Emrick
137th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Scott Little
slittle@pahousegop.com
717.260.6137
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