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Florida House Redistricting Proposals Signal Trouble for Mica's District

Thursday, December 08, 2011 - 04:38 PM

WMFERedistricting is Underway in Fla.- Orlando- John Mica's seat may not be safe under the  Florida House’s plans either.

A Florida State Senate plan released last week would severely redraw the Congressional district for the chair of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure committee, John Mica.

Now four of a seven Florida House proposals for Congressional districts don't look better for Mica(Available for review here.), according to political analyst Steven Schale.

He says  four maps out of the seven proposals released by the House would put Mica in districts that "voted right around fifty percent or above for (President) Obama.  Under any measure, that is far more competitive than (where) Mica is in today."

Both houses of Florida's legislature are Republican-controlled.

Last week, the Florida Senate released its version of proposed district revisions.  Those plans could potentially draw influential congressional members outside of their existing districts.  For example, the residence of powerful U.S. Congressman John Mica, of Winter Park, could be removed from its current location within Mica’s district 7.  Mica chairs the House Transportation Committee.

This week on WMFE’s Intersection program, former Florida GOP Congressman Lou Frey, clarified that it is not necessary for a member of Congress to live in their district, “Mica hasn’t lived in his district on and off. You don’t have to live in the district.  You have to live in the state and you have to be over 25 years of age, but that’s it.  So whether you live in the district or not, it’s a political matter.”

Final outlines for the redistricting maps will not be solidified until January's legislative session.

Mica's office says he'll comment when the final maps are released.

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