Muskogee would stay in the Second Congressional District, currently represented by Congressman Markwayne Mullin, under a redistricting plan proposed by State Republicans. Tulsa and part of Wagoner County, however, would be a part of a small but populous First District.
The third district would cover about half of Oklahoma City and cover pretty much the entire western half of the state, while the fourth district would cover Norman and south and the fifth district would cover the main Oklahoma City area and a few surrounding counties.
Senate Democrats, who were not involved in the process, were not pleased:
“It is clear from the proposed map released today, the goal was to draw gerrymandered congressional districts to protect incumbents from competitive elections,” said state Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City “Neighborhoods I represent will now be split between different congressional districts. Oklahomans deserve a fair map which keeps communities of interest together and gives minority voters a chance to have their voices heard in Congress. This map ignores those concerns and puts partisan politics ahead of what is best for Oklahoma.”
Floyd’s state Senate district is not affected by the plan, which only covers federal legislators.
“Oklahomans deserve better,” said Sen. Julia Kirt, D-Oklahoma City, a member of the Select Committee on Redistricting.
“The public is just now seeing these maps after they are already decided. Many communities had their concerns ignored. A fair process would ensure all perspectives are not only heard, but also valued and reflected in the maps. Now this map will be pushed through in special session with little opportunity to make changes.”