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New Virginia congressional redistricting proposal filed for consideration

Republican Del. Bill Janis has submitted a plan to redraw the lines of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts. The map can be viewed here.

It was not immediately clear if Janis’ plan is the one that will be backed by Republican House leaders . Janis did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday.

But Janis (Glen Allen) is a senior Republican and his plan closely resembles one that has been circulating for weeks as a proposal that had received bipartisan support from the eight Republican and three Democrats who now compose Virginia’s congressional delegation.

All of that makes it likely that the Janis plan is, indeed, the proposal House Republican intend to support.

The new plan would shore up the districts of U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R) in Northern Virginia, both of which had included some precincts that had swung back and forth between the parties in recent elections.

The plan had been slammed by good-government advocates because it was hatched behind closed doors with an eye toward protecting incumbents and, they said, would reduce the competitiveness of the state’s congressional elections.

The General Assembly is scheduled to take up congressional redistricting Monday.

Rosalind Helderman is a political enterprise and investigations reporter for the Washington Post.


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