Democratic Rep. Mike Capuano’s current district, anchored in portions of Boston, Cambridge and Somerville, is similar to the redrawn 8th district. But the new 8th becomes a solid majority-minority district by adding portions of the towns of Milton and all of the town of Randolph. Fifty-six percent of residents in the newly drawn 8th are minorities, according to the state Legislature.
Democratic Rep. Niki Tsongas’ district is shored up under the new draft map. There were earlier rumors that she might be vulnerable under the new lines, but that proved not to be the case.
“There’s a clear loser here: Elbridge Gerry,” quipped longtime Bay State Democratic strategist Scott Ferson, referring to the historical father and namesake of gerrymandering. “By Massachusetts standards ... I gotta give the redistricting team credit,” he said, praising the fact that the map keeps communities of interest together.
The lack of obvious gerrymandering doesn’t mean any of the Members are particularly vulnerable.
“For incumbent protection, it’s a pretty sweet map,” Ferson said.
The chairmen of the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting, which released the maps, asked for public comment in a press release. They said they would evaluate public feedback on the draft map over the next three days, before submitting a recommendation to the full Legislature.
On Dec. 19, 2013, the Architect of the Capitol gave a special media tour of the infrastructure surrounding the Rotunda, and the interior and exterior of the U.S. Capitol Dome. This past fall, the AOC began a multi-year restoration project that will repair the more than 1,000 cracks and deficiencies from weather and age, and restore the Dome to its former splendor.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.