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Redistricting means changes for some Willamette Valley and coastal communities

Chris Lehman

New legislative and congressional districts mean some Oregonians will have new people representing them in Salem and Washington DC, even if the incumbents win election.



In Douglas County, the city of Roseburg remains in Congressional District 4, represented since 1987 by Democrat Peter DeFazio. But the newly approved map shifts eastern Douglas County into District 2, which heavily favors Republicans and is currently represented by the GOP’s Cliff Bentz. 

Meanwhile, northern Benton County as well as all of Lincoln County will go from Congressional District 5, currently represented by Democrat Kurt Schrader, into District 4. 

Also on the coast, Lincoln County will be united in a single state House district, currently represented by Rep. David Gomberg, D-Otis. Previously the city of Yachats was in a district that stretched south to Coos Bay.

While Governor Kate Brown has signed the new districts into law, they could still be the subject of court challenges.

The new districts take effect in the 2022 election cycle. 
To find what congressional or legislative district you live in, go to this website and enter your address in the search bar. 

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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