COLUMBUS —Rep. Jeff Crossman (D-Parma) today issued a statement as Republicans passed a partisan, four-year congressional district map that unduly favors GOP candidates 13-2.
“Legislative districts should reflect the will of the people, not the preferences of politicians protecting their own self-interests, which is what this map does,” said Rep. Crossman. “It’s clear that the Republican supermajority had zero intention of honoring the People’s will or their constitutional duties to draw district lines that reflect the fair districts Ohioans overwhelmingly demanded. Fair districts would have translated into less extremism, less gridlock, and better, more responsive government. This is a missed opportunity to deliver on Ohio’s promise of ending gerrymandering and improving government.”
Democrats offered a compromise set of district lines on the House floor Thursday, which they say better align with the fair district reforms voters passed in 2018. The Democratic amendment mirrored their compromise map, HB 483, and would have limited unwarranted splits in Ohio’s largest counties, kept more communities together, and better reflected the preferences of Ohio voters. The map also created three minority opportunity districts. Republicans rejected the good faith amendment.