Census Takes House Seat From Louisiana

By Adria Goins – bio|email

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA)  - It's the results American's waited eight months to hear. As of April 1, 2010, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, the resident U.S. population is 308,745,538. Unfortunately for Louisiana, the state's population dropped causing a shift that will affect voters.

Congressman John Fleming will see his district grow by nearly 60,000 voters, spanning across three more parishes with the new data.

"The remaining districts in Louisiana will have to accommodate 710,000 in population. The average is around 600,000," said Fleming, representative from the 4th district.

Louisiana suffered a loss during the 1990 census when the state's house seats shrunk by one. The 2010 shift will focus on the southern districts and can be blamed mostly on the devastation from Hurricane's Katrina and Rita, which forced thousands out of the state.

Fleming said the solution will lie in the state next door.

"I think we need to be along side Texas and have the growth that Texas has. Otherwise Louisiana will continue to diminish in its position on the national stage."

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