“It’s how we as a team and as a community have grown Wright-Patt, almost doubled it in size,” he continued. “That work needs to be recognized by Columbus, and this map needs to reflect that.”
Turner said Friday he has shared those concerns with the relevant people in Columbus.
Republicans hold 12 of Ohio’s 16 districts. Proposed GOP maps could increase the party’s share by one even as the state loses a district due to slow growth. Ohio must lose one of its 16 U.S. House districts, as required by 2020 census results. Each of the 15 new districts will contain about 780,000 people.
State Rep. Richard Brown, a Democrat from the Columbus area, told the Columbus Dispatch the GOP-proposed maps are “textbook gerrymandering.”
“The Senate’s proposed map fails to recognize that Wright-Patt needs a single regional advocate in Congress, as it generates billions of dollars for our state and local economies,” Turner said recently. “If passed, this map could jeopardize the base’s tremendous impact on our state.”
Turner serves on the House Committee on Intelligence, as well as the Committee on Armed Services.