Political gerrymandering and 2016’s angry electorate

March 31, 2016


During my time as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and as Prime Policy Group’s Vice Chairman, I have consistently fought for redistricting reform throughout my 22-year tenure in Washington. As a moderate Democrat who served Tennessee’s conservative 8th district, which has a Cook Partisan Voting Index score of R+15, I, more than anyone, understand the competitive nature of maintaining a seat in the House. Our representative system, which demands a certain give and take among competing ideas in order to work, has become increasingly hindered by the very process that is used to determine how Members of Congress are elected.