The House vote was 109-44, fulfilling the two-thirds-majority constitutional requirement for a veto override, while the Missouri Senate voted 28-6.
The new map essentially eliminates the St. Louis-based 3rd district held by Rep. Russ Carnahan (D) and puts him in the same district as Rep. William Lacy Clay (D). Carnahan now has two options: challenge his Democratic colleague in a district that includes Clay’s African-American base or run against a Republican in a nearby but heavily GOP suburban or exurban district.
The state lost one seat based on 2010 census numbers and will have eight Congressional districts after 2012.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.