Minnesota will maintain its 8 congressional districts and people of all political stripes celebrated that. Governor-elect Mark Dayton said:
“Thank you to the Minnesotans who responded to the 2010 Census and helped us achieve the second highest response rate in the nation. I am very pleased that Minnesota will continue to have eight Representatives in the United States Congress. As our state faces dire budget circumstances and Minnesota families continue to struggle in a tough economy, we simply could not afford to lose an important voice in our national policy discussion, nor the billions of federal dollars that are allocated to our state based on population.
While we will maintain eight congressional seats in Washington, we will still face a redistricting process that will change the geographical boundaries for Minnesota’s representation in Washington and in our state’s Capitol. We must adopt a process that encourages transparency, fairness, and absolute integrity. In the end, we must arrive at districts that best serve, not one political party or the other, but Minnesotans as a whole.”
Republicans are also taking control of the state legislature at a key time, they sent out this response:
“Today’s announcement is good news for Minnesotans. The loss of a congressional seat would have meant less clout for our state in Washington. Redistricting is a complex and critically important process and I am very pleased that an experienced leader like Michael Brodkorb will be serving as the Party’s redistricting point person during the legislative session,” said Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton.
“I look forward to working with our legislative caucuses and other interested parties on the redistricting process. We are committed to developing a fair redistricting plan, which recognizes recent demographic changes that have occurred in Minnesota and gives minorities the best opportunity for representation,” said Republican Party of Minnesota Deputy Chairman Michael Brodkorb.