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Mapmaking Stalls Retirement Plans

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Finally, Democrats are on the lookout for a potential retirement from Rep. John Conyers (Mich.) after Republicans dismantled his current district in their redraw earlier this year. Conyers has said he’ll mount a bid for another term, but also gave one of his political allies his blessing to challenge him in the 13th district primary.

Meanwhile, Democrats and Republicans wish some of the older Members would step aside before the new maps are finished in Florida, New York and Pennsylvania.

If Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.) retires, Republican mapmakers in the state Legislature could carve up his district to shore up nearby Rep. Gus Bilirakis’ (R) seat or make Rep. Kathy Castor’s (D) district more competitive.

The Empire State will lose two House seats following reapportionment, putting Congressional cartographers in a tough position unless someone in the New York delegation retires. Democratic Reps. Maurice Hinchey or Louise Slaughter could ease the burden on mapmakers.

Pennsylvania Republicans would benefit if Rep. Joe Pitts (R) retired. State Republicans are attempting to shore up GOP voters in two competitive districts bordering Pitts’ seat. But Pitts, the dean of the state’s delegation, insisted he does not want to give up much of his home territory to his colleagues.

“I think you’re going to see between now and the first of the year, a number of people announce retirement,” Davis said. “You get a new map, you get new constituents. It’s a lot of work to get to know this new area.”

Joshua Miller contributed to this report.

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