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.
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.