Should the full Legislature approve the plan, it would mark the first time since 1981 that the state’s Congressional redistricting was not decided in the courts.
The two parties compromised on what to do with Portland’s Multnomah County, a Democratic stronghold that’s divided among three current districts.
Republicans had wanted all of Multnomah in one district. In return for the GOP dropping that demand, Democrats agreed to lessen the county’s footprint in the districts of Democratic Reps. David Wu and Kurt Schrader, thereby making them more competitive.
Legislators were close to adjourning the session this week without passing a redistricting plan, and there was doubt earlier Wednesday that a map could be hashed out by the end of the week.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.