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Democrats Spin Census Data as Both Parties See Gains and Losses

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Census Bureau Director Robert Groves, Commerce Department Acting Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announce the population of the U.S. based on the 2010 census results.

They are Republicans Rep.-elect Bobby Schilling and Aaron Schock in Illinois; Leonard Boswell (D) and Tom Latham (R) in Iowa; Republicans Jeff Landry and Rodney Alexander in Louisiana; Democrats John Olver and Niki Tsongas in Massachusetts; Democrats Gary Peters and Sander Levin in Michigan; Todd Akin (R) and Russ Carnahan (D) in Missouri; Leonard Lance (R) and Rush Holt (D) in New Jersey; Rep.-elect Ann Marie Buerkle (R) and Joe Crowley (D) in New York; Bill Johnson (R) and Betty Sutton (D) in Ohio; and Democrats Jason Altmire and Mark Critz in Pennsylvania.

“The numbers confirm population growth in traditionally Republican states, but this is only the beginning of a long process we plan to monitor closely with each Congressional delegation,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Paul Lindsay told Roll Call.

NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions will see his home state of Texas gain four seats, which not only increases the size of the Congressional delegation but also its influence on the Electoral College.

Indicating his influence on the redistricting process in Texas, Sessions said in a Dallas radio interview Tuesday that he will “be looking over the horizon and developing some thoughtful processes that would better the position of our party.”

In Florida, which added two seats to its current 25, the state Democratic Party celebrated the news as a positive for the state.

“This news not only increases Florida’s influence in Congress but also ensures that the Sunshine State will continue playing our critical role in presidential elections as the largest and most important swing state,” Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Scott Arceneaux said.

Pennsylvania lost a seat for the ninth straight time. The Keystone State will have 18 seats after peaking at 36 seats 100 years ago.

“Today is a sad day for Pennsylvania as we are faced with the reality that we have lost a voice in Congress,” Pennsylvania GOP Chairman Rob Gleason said. “Even though today’s announcement means a loss for Pennsylvanians, we are confident that the fresh direction forged by [Gov.-elect Tom Corbett’s] administration and our new Republican leadership will result in more jobs and more opportunities for our Commonwealth to grow in the years ahead.”

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