Corbett signs off on new congressional map

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Gov. Tom Corbett has signed legislation to reshape Pennsylvania's congressional districts for the next ten years.

The Republican-designed map will carve central Pennsylvania's four congressional
districts into eight.

Dauphin County will be split among three districts, but will no longer be part of the 17th District which currently includes the entire county and is represented by Democrat Tim Holden.

Harrisburg City will become part of the new 4th District, currently the 19th District held by Republican Todd Platts. The southeast portion of Dauphin County will become
part of the 15th District, currently held by Republican Charles Dent of
Allentown, and the rest of the county will  become part of the
11th District, currently represented by Republican Lou Barletta of Hazleton.

Barletta's district will also include a piece of Perry County and most of
Cumberland County, including Carlisle and part of Mechanicsburg, which will be split between the 11th District and Platts' 4th District.

Most of Perry County, as well as Juniata and Mifflin counties, will be part of the 10th District, currently held by Republican Tom Marino of Lycoming County.

The 9th District, currently held by Republican Bill Shuster, will no longer include any portion of Cumberland County, but will continue to include all of Franklin County.

Lebanon County will be split between the 15th District and the 6th District, currently held by Republican Jim Gerlach.

Lancaster County, now entirely part of Joe Pitts' 16th District, would also be split. Part of it will become part of the 7th District, currently held by Republican Patrick Meehan
of Delaware County.

Top Republicans unveiled the plan last week. It was approved by the state Senate the next day and passed the House this week without any public hearings or input.

Democrats have criticized it as a plan that carves up communities simply to shore up the re-election chances of Republican congressmen. The map also moves Easton, Scranton, and Wilkes-Barre to new districts and forces two Democratic incumbents in southwestern Pennsylvania to
run against each other.

Republicans said the plan protects incumbent members of Congress, since those are the people already picked by voters.

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