District 21 State Senator Robert Allain spoke with KQKI News on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the new Congressional map that was recently passed by the Louisiana Legislature. A federal court order required the legislature to create a second minority district. You may see the newly passed map below.
Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Sen. Glen Womack, R- Harrisonburg, and preferred by Governor Jeff Landry, transformed Republican U.S. Rep. Garret Graves’ 6th Congressional District into a second Black-majority district. The House favored it 86-16 and the Senate agreed to the lower chamber’s changes 27-11.
Locally, St. Mary Parish is currently split between two Congressional districts. Congressman Clay Higgins of District 3 represents most of the west end of the parish while Graves’ district comprises the majority of the east end.
If the new Congressional map is approved by the courts, all of St. Mary Parish would lie within the Higgins’ 3rd Congressional District.
Landry ordered the special session after a court order required lawmakers to create a second majority-Black congressional district. State officials, led by Landry when he was serving as attorney general, tried to contest the decision at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the lower court’s ruling.