Orlando, WMFE) Under a new Florida Senate redistricting proposal released this week, powerful Republican U.S. Representative John Mica -- the chair of the House Transportation Committee -- could be drawn out of his current 7th District seat, which currently runs from just north of Orlando to just south of Jacksonville.
Mica is based in the small but wealthy city of Winter Park, north of Orlando. The new plan removes Mica’s portion of Winter Park from the 7th District and places the entire city within Florida's 24th Congressional District, which is currently represented by Republican Congresswoman Sandy Adams.
Mica’s district would still cover large portions of Volusia, Flagler, and St. Johns Counties. The Florida House is expected to release its version of the new map next week. State lawmakers will finalize the new district maps during January’s legislative session. Both chambers are controlled by the GOP, and both the State Senate President and House Speaker are from central Florida.
Mica's office says he's reserving comment until after the legislature decides on the final maps.
Read more about the Florida Senate proposal here.