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Tulsa World: First Congressional District must shrink by 18,000

Randy Krehbiel

Jul 23, 2021

Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District, which includes most of metropolitan Tulsa, will have to shed about 18,000 people in the current redistricting process, officials say.

Exactly who those people are and into which district they will go won’t be determined until after final 2020 Census data becomes available in mid-August, the legislative staffers charged with redrawing the maps said during a public hearing Thursday night at Tulsa Technology Center’s Riverside Campus.

Senate Redistricting Director Keith Beall and House Redistricting Coordinator Quyen Do said preliminary Census data suggests that the target population for each of the state’s five congressional districts will rise by about 41,000 to nearly 792,000.

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