By Tony Farkas
AUSTIN — A plan being considered by the Texas Legislature for redistricting U.S. Congressional Districts could mean a different representative for Trinity County.
Labeled PLANC2101, Trinity County will become part of Congressional District 17, leaving District 8.
Other notable area changes include part of Walker County, as well as Madison and Grimes counties, will move into District 10. According to documents from the Texas Legislative Council, congressional districts have been apportioned by a population count of 766,987
District 8 currently is represented by Republican Kevin Brady, who has announced his retirement and will serve out his remaining term. District 17 is represented by Republican Pete Sessions, a Republican from Waco. District 10 is represented by Michael McCaul, a Republican from Austin.
While District 17 picked up more of East Texas, it lost ground in the west, which was assumed by District 10. District 8 ceded several counties to both 10 and 17.
Part of the reason the Texas Legislature is in its third special session is to deal with redistricting; as of now, no plan has been approved.
In the case of Walker County, according to state law, before elections are held under the new districts, counties that are split by congressional, legislative, or State Board of Education district boundaries under the newly adopted plans must change their voting precinct boundaries to conform with the new district lines.
The state constitution requires a candidate for state legislative office to have resided for at least one year before the general election in the district the candidate seeks to represent.