Creighton soundly criticizes Texas Senate redistricting plan, which removes core constituents from his Senate District 4

Creighton soundly criticizes Texas Senate redistricting plan, which removes core constituents from his Senate District 4
The Senate Select Committee on Redistricting adopted a Committee Substitute on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, to redistrict Texas Senatorial Districts in accordance with this map. The plan splits Montgomery County into three Senatorial Districts, 4 which Senator Brandon Creighton currently represents, 7 which Senator Paul Bettencourt represents, and 18 which Senator Lois Kolkhorst represents.

Image: The Senate Select Committee on Redistricting adopted a Committee Substitute on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, to redistrict Texas Senatorial Districts in accordance with this map. The plan splits Montgomery County into three Senatorial Districts, 4 which Senator Brandon Creighton currently represents, 7 which Senator Paul Bettencourt represents, and 18 which Senator Lois Kolkhorst represents.

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports

Austin, Conroe, and The Woodlands, October 5 – When the Texas Senate Redistricting Committee adopted a Committee Substitute plan for the redistricting of Texas’ thirty-one Senatorial Districts on a 12 to 2 vote on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, it removed some of Texas Senator Brandon Creighton’s core constituencies from his Senatorial District 4. It also made his District substantially less Republican, dropping the Optimal Republican Voting Strength (ORVS) from 72% to 63%.

Senator Creighton spoke out about the redistricting in an exclusive interview with The Golden Hammer earlier this week. “63% is a strong ORVS in my District, but what I’m concerned about is year 6, as suburban areas in Texas increasingly are turning more and more Democratic.”

What particularly bothers Creighton, however, is that the redistricting plan removes conservative southwest Montgomery County, around the City of Magnolia, and central-west Montgomery County, south of the City of Montgomery, from his constituency.

The removed territory will go into Houston State Senator Paul Bettencourt’s Senatorial District 7 to increase his ORVS to 57% and into Brenham Senator Lois Kolkhorst’s Senatorial District 18 to increase her ORVS to 62%, particularly as more liberal voters have moved into the Greater Houston Area.

Creighton, who is the Chairman of the Senate’s Higher Education Committee and its Select Committee on Ports, will lose the universities and ports, which are presently in his Senate District. He told this newspaper, “I’ve presented the Redistricting Committee and other members of the legislature other redistricting proposals to include many different concepts, but I’ve been denied every attempt.”

The plan reflects the growing population in Texas’ urban areas around Houston, Austin, and Dallas.

The Redistricting Committee under the leadership of Chair Joan Huffman, Republican of Houston, adopted the plan, which splits Montgomery County into three different Senatorial Districts, which would include Senatorial District 4, which Senator Brandon Creighton (Republican of Conroe) currently represents, Senatorial District 7, which Senator Paul Bettencourt (Republican of Houston) currently represents, and District 18, which Senator Lois Kolkhorst (Republican of Brenham) currently represents.

Creighton’s new State Senate District would include all of the Montgomery County portion of what is currently Senatorial District 3, which Tyler Republican Senator Robert Nichols represents. It will also include all of the rest of Montgomery County and still extend eastward to a portion of Jefferson County, which includes Port Arthur.

Clearly, the entire plan, as the Montgomery County split exemplifies, falls under a careful design to protect incumbent Republican Senators. The Montgomery County Commissioners Court wasn’t too happy about it, however. They passed a resolution protesting splitting Montgomery County into more than one Congressional District or Senatorial District in a resolution, adopted unanimously, on September 28.

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