Texas will gain two more congressional seats and seven states will each lose a seat as a result of population shifts recorded in the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau said Monday in the release of its first round of data from the survey taken last year. In total, seven seats shifted affecting 13 states. Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon each gained one seat in addition to Texas. California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia each lost one seat. The shift could affect the 2022 midterm elections and whether Democrats can hold onto control of the House, where they hold a narrow majority. It's also part of a broader shift to the South and West of the U.S., with 84 seats shifting toward those states since 1940.to the benefit of our neighbor to the West.
Minnesota will keep its eight U.S. House seats — by the skin of its teeth. The 2020 census found Minnesota had 5,709,752 residents as of April 1, 2020. That put it a mere 89 people, or 0.0016 percent of its population, ahead of New York state for the 435th and final seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Many experts thought Minnesota would lose one of its seats because other states were growing more quickly, in the zero-sum race for the 435 seats in the House. Instead, it held on to the last seat in Congress by the narrowest margin recorded since at least 1940.That April 1 date is sadly crucial here, as you have to wonder if New York ends up ahead of Minnesota if that question is asked on March 1, 2020, before the COVID pandemic began hammering New York full force. You can get a look at the last states that missed out at this link. Minnesota made a strong push to have its residents respond to the Census, ended up with the highest response rate in America (Wisconsin was 2nd), and apparently it paid off. Minnesota recorded by far the fastest population growth in the Midwest in the 2010s, growing at a rate double that of Wisconsin, and well ahead of any other state in the traditional Big Ten.