The lines of Congress and the member of Congress will remain the same
For several years before the 2010 census, national projections were that Alabama would lose one of our seven congressional districts and drop to six. When the count was down, we surprised ourselves and the nation and retained our seven seats in the United States Congress.
Therefore, the legislature’s task of drawing our seven congressional districts was relatively easy. Except for a few adjustments here and there due to growth in Madison, Limestone, Lee, Shelby, and especially Baldwin counties, and population loss in the Black Belt, our congressional district lines have essentially remained the same as they have been in recent years. decades.
We basically have six of our seven districts that are safe Republican seats. We have a dedicated minority-majority African-American Democratic congressional district.
That Democratic seat is held by Congresswoman Terri Sewell. She has held that seat for more than a decade and has become a respected leader of the Democratic House leadership. The Democrats are in the majority, which makes her a powerful member of the House. However, most political pundits and polls indicate that this year’s election will see a swing of 30 or more Republican seat pickups or takeovers, making Republicans the majority party. This will benefit Alabama since six of our seven seats are held by Republicans. It will be especially beneficial for the people of the Fourth District, who have Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, as a Congressman.
Aderholt is the longest serving member of our delegation and is the top Republican on the House Appropriation Committee.
Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Anniston, is also gaining ground in seniority. He is a ranking member of the Armed Services Committee.
Congressman Gary Palmer, R-Jefferson, represents the suburban areas of Metro-Jefferson, Hoover and Shelby. It is considered one of the most Republican neighborhoods in America.
We have two new Republican congressmen, who are finishing their first two years in the House. Jerry Carl, R-Mobile, represents the first coastal district of Mobile and Baldwin counties. He went to Congress like a duck to water.
Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, represents the second district comprised of Wiregrass and the fast-growing Pike Road area of Montgomery as well as the populated counties of Autauga and Elmore.
The six above-mentioned incumbents will be re-elected without opposition.
The only excitement of Congressional politics in the heart of Dixie will be played out in the Fifth District. That Huntsville-Tennessee Valley seat is currently held by Mo Brooks, who has elected to run for the U.S. Senate, leaving a rarely seen open congressional seat contest. There are six Republicans vying for that open Fifth District seat. The competitors are Dale Strong, Paul Sanford, Casey Wardynski, Harrison Wright, Andy Blalock and John Roberts.
Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong appears to be the strongest contender. He far exceeds the field in polls and fundraising. Some say it could eclipse the land without any runoff.
The most ardent challengers will be former state senator Paul Sanford and former Huntsville Municipal School Superintendent Casey Wardynski. Dr. Wardynski has done a good job of fundraising.
There will be a strong turnout in this race for Congress. In fact, this Huntsville-Madison-Limestone Tennessee Valley area of the state will more than likely have the highest turnout percentage in the state. Not only is there an open seat in Congress, but Mo Brooks is the local candidate for the open U.S. Senate seat, and popular and incumbent Republican public school board member Wayne Reynolds will also be on the ballot with symbolic opposition.
Additionally, the only hotly contested Republican state Senate race between Tom Butler and Bill Holtzclaw is in the Madison-Limestone area. There are also three hotly contested open races at the State House, including to fill the seats of Speaker Mac McCutcheon and veteran House member Howard Sanderford. There is also a hotly contested open sheriff’s race in County Limestone. Additionally, shadow U.S. Senate candidate Mike Durant claims Huntsville as his home. All of these ingredients are a recipe for greater turnout in the Tennessee Valley than in the rest of the state on May 24.
The lines of Congress and six of the seven members of Congress will remain the same for this 2022 election cycle. However, hold the phone. The federal courts could change that for 2024.
See you next week.
Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His weekly column appears in more than 60 Alabama newspapers. Steve served 16 years in the state legislature. Steve can be reached at: www.steveflowers.us.