Florida gained one seat in Congress, data from the U.S. Census Bureau revealed this week.
The Sunshine State has gained seats in the House of Representatives after every census since 1930. The population of the United States is enumerated every 10 years as mandated by the Constitution.
Representation in Washington, D.C. is based on population. The Census listed Florida’s apportionment population as of April 1, 2020 at 21,570,527. As a result Florida will now receive 28 representatives.
Lawmakers in Tallahassee will draw the boundaries of Florida’s new congressional district. With Republicans in control, expectations are the new seat will be red.
“They’re going to draw it to be an R seat,” former Florida Senator Chris Smith told the Sun Sentinel.
Texas saw the largest increase in representation, gaining two seats. Texas has 29,183,290 people and is allotted 38 representatives. Joining Texas and Florida as growth states are Colorado, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis celebrated the news.
“Colorado’s clout will grow in our nation’s capital,” tweeted Polis, a gay man and former Representative in Colorado’s Second District. “Colorado will get to elect eight members of Congress next year, one more than now. Another Coloradan will soon be on the way to help make the United States of America an even better country!”
Oregon Governor Kate Brown, a bisexual woman, also welcomed the increased presence the Beaver State would have on Capitol Hill.
“Every Oregonian’s voice matters, and it is great news that as our state continues to grow we will get an additional seat in Congress to represent us,” Brown tweeted. “Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2020 Census to make sure you were counted.”
Seven states lost one representative in the count. Those states are California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Overall, the U.S. population grew at a 7.4% rate between 2010 and 2020, the second-slowest pace since the first count in 1910. The U.S. resident population on April 1, 2020 was 331,449,28. There are 435 congressional representatives and 761,169 people per representative.