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New map keeps Riley County in Second District

By The Mercury

TOPEKA — The Senate Reapportionment Committee endorsed a new congressional redistricting map on Wednesday that adjusts the lines of the four Kansas U.S. House seats. The map could go to the full Senate debate later this week. 

Among the issues resolved in the map is where to put Riley County and the shape of the 4th District, which centers on Wichita and Sedgwick County. 

Riley County would remain in the 2nd District. The county is home to Manhattan and Kansas State University. 

The 4th District shifts east, picking up additional counties in southeastern Kansas but shedding south-central counties that would become part of the 1st District. 

House Speaker Mike O’Neal said he had problems with the new Senate congressional map and the overall effects on the 2nd District, represented by Republican Lynn Jenkins. He said the map wouldn’t likely have much support in the House and would require further discussion with the Senate.

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