COLUMBUS —State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) issued a statement after Republicans passed a partisan, four-year congressional district map that unduly favors GOP candidates 13-2.
“We have watched the power of the People disappear under the leadership of this corrupt Republican legislature and extreme one-party rule. This map does nothing for our democracy and fair representation,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “Ohioans are watching. Our governor must acknowledge his responsibility to protect our democracy from cheating and listen to our constituents. He must veto this bill.”
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.