After making short order of slicing up new legislative districts for Idaho, the second redistricting commission wrapped up its work late today by reapportioning the Gem State's congressional districts. The previous citizen commission debated through much of the summer without success. Today's decision was approved with a 4-2 vote.
Idaho's new congressional districts won't look dramatically different from the existing ones. Commissioners decided to shift the dividing line in Ada County a bit more to the west—along Cloverdale Road in Boise, as opposed to Cole Road. Simply put, the 1st Congressional District, currently represented by Republican Rep. Raul Labrador, includes north-central and southwest Idaho, with Ada County split in its northwest corner. The 2nd Congressional District, currently represented by Republican Rep. Mike Simpson, includes all of eastern Idaho, the Magic Valley, the Wood River Valley and the northwest tip of Ada County.
The new plan will be presented to Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa on Tuesday, Oct. 18.