CHARLESTON, WV – Acting Senate President Jeff Kessler (D – Marshall) announced today the formation of the Senate Redistricting Task Force chaired by Senate Majority Leader John Unger (D - Berkeley).
The U.S. Census Bureau released West Virginia’s population statistics earlier this month. The figures showed a dramatic shift in population from the south to the north over the last ten years. “The bi-partisan, geographically diverse Task Force will be holding meetings around the State gathering information to determine what did or didn’t work well during the last redistricting cycle,” says Kessler. “The Task Force will also make recommendations to the Senate.”
The Task Force consists of seventeen members representing each of the State’s senatorial districts.
“It is an honor to chair this very important group,” says Unger. “As chairman, I intend to make the redistricting process transparent and include the citizens of every region in redrawing the State’s district boundaries.”
Other members of the Redistricting Task Force include Senators Ron Stollings (D - Boone), vice chair, Clark Barnes (R-Randolph), Donna Boley (R-Pleasants), Richard Browning (D - Wyoming), Larry Edgell (D - Wetzel), Doug Facemire (D - Braxton) , John Pat Fanning (D - McDowell), Dan Foster (D - Kanawha), Mike Hall (R-Putnam), Orphy Klempa (D - Ohio), William Laird (D - Fayette), Ronald Miller (D - Greenbrier), Corey Palumbo (D - Kanawha), Robert Plymale ( D - Wayne) , Roman Prezioso ( D - Marion) and Bob Williams ( D - Taylor).