COLUMBUS - Today, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose issued a statement on the United States Supreme Court’s ruling regarding Congressional Redistricting, thereby throwing out the current challenge and allowing Ohio to move forward on its new congressional redistricting process upon completion of the next U.S. Census.
In May 2018, Ohioans approved a constitutional amendment requiring a public, bipartisan process for drawing congressional districts. It won 75%-25%. Secretary LaRose has long led the effort to bring bipartisan redistricting reform to Ohio.
His first attempt came in 2011 as a freshman state senator when he served as the primary sponsor of SJ 4 – the first generation of legislation that ultimately became the constitutional amendment that was passed in 2018.
“Just last year, Ohioans overwhelmingly approved our new system for forming congressional districts that will put an end to the partisanship of the past,” said LaRose. “Reinvigorating our republic starts with fair legislative redistricting. A faithful execution of the law by commission members will make Ohio a national leader in a movement that can transform government to better work for the people, by the people.”
Secretary LaRose will serve as a member of the commission that will implement new congressional districts at the conclusion of the U.S. Census.