State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland), who served as U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 16th congressional district from 2009-2011, today issued the following statement in response to Gov. John Kasich’s newfound support for congressional redistricting reform:

“I am so pleased that Governor Kasich has finally committed to change the way Ohio's gerrymandered congressional districts. If the governor is serious about eliminating gerrymandering in Ohio, he should push the legislative members of his party who have so far refused to act, even after overwhelming voter approval of a plan to redraw Ohio's statehouse districts.

“The state legislature has the power to implement a fairer and more transparent process for drawing congressional districts that values true representation instead of political party rule. The current process for drawing district lines has only resulted in the creation of partisan districts that make little geographic sense and split communities like mine apart.”

Rep. Boccieri added that he believes the current partisan districts lead to dysfunctional government and halt progress on issues important to our state.

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