Illinois GOP Rep and Trump Critic Adam Kinzinger Could Lose His Seat in Democratic Congressional Realignment Before the 2022 Midterms
- GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger Could Lose His Home Seat Due To Illinois Realignment
- Democratic legislators in state lead the reclassification of 2020 census results, causing Illinois to shrink
- As a result, the party wants to get rid of the 16th district – outside Chicago’s southwest – so that it will be swallowed up by two surrounding blue districts
- “If I lose my ward, we’re going to take a look there,” Kinzinger said of the impending realignment. ‘But I’m not that scared’
Adam Kinzinger could lose his House district as the Illinois Democratic Party works to redistrict the state after receiving its 2020 census results, a report revealed Wednesday.
State lawmakers prepare to roll out new congressional map likely seat of Republican Trump critic in current Illinois 16th district, several sources close to realignment process told Politico.
Kinzinger told Politico he is not “sleeping” over the new map, which he has no control over.
“If I lose my district, we’ll take a look,” he said. “But I’m not that scared.”
While no official map has been released yet, draft copies of Illinois’ new counties have emerged based on preliminary population numbers — not the official Census Bureau figures from its decade-long survey.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger could lose his House seat over Illinois realignment
Democrats are in charge of the reclassification for the 2020 census results and want to get rid of the 16th district – outside of southwest Chicago – as the state has to scrap one due to population decline
Illinois’ declining population is causing the state to lose one of its 18 congressional districts.
Democrats are in full control of the Illinois realignment process, as the party controls the House and Senate of the General Assembly and the governor, JB Pritzker, who has the veto power over the new map, is also a Democrat.
The party will, of course, try to organize the new map to maximize profits for the upcoming elections.
Kinzinger, though an ardent critic of former President Donald Trump, is still a Republican serving in a bluish area of Chicago’s southwestern suburbs.
The Representative is also one of two Republican House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who was tapped to serve on her select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol after Republicans refused to cooperate with their own investigation. to nominate panelists.
The other Republican on the committee is fellow Trump critic Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
Abolishing Illinois’ 16th district would lump the country into the districts of Democratic Representatives Lauren Underwood and Cheri Bustos. Bustos is retiring, so Democrats want to do everything they can to make sure they keep the seat in next month’s midterm elections.
Illinois Democrats must support 12 incumbents who will run for reelection in 2022, while retaining control of the Bustos district and trying to make the red seat of Republican Representative Rodney Davis’s 13th district blue.
Democrats see getting rid of Kinzinger’s seat as the easiest way to achieve all those goals, according to Politico.