California Loses Congressional Seat For The First Time Ever

By Rebekah Gonzalez

April 26, 2021

For the first time in its 170 years of statehood, California will lose a U.S. House seat, reports the Associated Press.

California's delegation will go from 53 to 52 members.

The new allocation of congressional seats was announced on Monday, April 26, after the first results of the 2020 Census were released.

The Census Bureau held a virtual news conference to announce the population totals and the congressional apportionment totals for each state.

Congress uses a population-based formula to determine how many seats a state will have but is fixed at 435 seats. This means when one state loses a seat, another state gains a seat.

While California is still the most populous state in the nation, it has seen a record slow population growth within the last decade, reports AP News.

In addition, California still has the most House seats than any other state despite losing one.

AP News also reports that the loss of a House seat could mean potential losses in federal funding for Medi-Cal, the health insurance program for low-income residents, and less money for social services based on population like schools and highways.

Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania all lost a seat as well.

On the other hand, Colorado, North Carolina, Florida, Montana, and Oregon all gained a seat.

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