Proposed Tennessee Redistricting Maps for 2022; Some with Big Changes

Redistricting is the way we change the districts that determine who represents us.

Every member of the U.S. House of Representatives, most of our state legislators, and many of our local legislators in towns and counties are elected from districts. These districts divide states and the people who live there, into geographical territories. Districts are occasionally the same size as the whole jurisdiction: members of a local school board, for example, may each be elected from an area with the same boundaries as the overall school district the board governs. Most of the time, though, district lines subdivide territory, so that there are several districts within one city or state, and representatives for each separate district. When that happens, we need some way to decide where the lines will be drawn.

The Tennessee House and Senate are currently debating and voting for the new state house, senate and congressional districts that must be done every 10 years after the Census is taken.

The Tennessee Democratic Party has said that the Republicans are “gerrymandering” to benefit the Republican stronghold. Here is a look at what is being proposed.

First of all, the Congressional district for our area will stay the same with Congressman Chuck Fleischmann continuing to represent our viewing area in the 3rd District.

Proposed Congressional Map
Congressional Population

The State Senate district is pretty much the same with Lt. Governor Randy McNally representing Anderson County, a portion of Knox County and Loudon County in Senate District 5. Senator Ken Yager will continue to represent Senate District 12 with some changes. A very large area with a population of 214,359.

Proposed State Senate Map

The largest differences in the proposed redistricting is in the State House, where District 41 now encompasses parts of Anderson County, along with all of Morgan and Overton Counties, and a portion of Fentress, plus the Oliver Springs portion of Roane County. The population of the new district 41 is 67,446. The proposed population for each district is 69,806, a difference of -2,360 people.

Proposed State House Districts Map
District 32
District 33
Proposed District 41

Lawmakers in the Tennessee House of Representatives met Monday night to decide who represents Tennessee voters for the next 10 years, with Republican state lawmakers voting in favor of approving several bills tied to redistricting.

Lawmakers considered changes to district maps to determine who represents each district in the State Legislature and U.S. Congress. The Republican-majority House voted last night to approve all three maps for the Tennessee House, Senate and Congress. 

Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, hailed both maps as “excellent work” in a statement.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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