Eric Holder: New York Adds to National Trend of New Fairer Maps

February 28, 2024

Washington, D.C. – Today, Eric H. Holder, Jr., the 82nd Attorney General of the United States and Chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), released the following statement on New York’s new congressional map and the larger national redistricting trends that have unfolded since the 2022 midterms: 

“New York’s new congressional map is a fair result for the voters of the Empire State, a fact confirmed by commonly-used measures and nonpartisan experts alike. The legislature’s reasonable adjustments to the commission map resulted in a final map that better reflects the state’s communities of interest. 

“New York is another example of a national trend that has unfolded since the 2022 midterms: most states that have undergone map redraws are moving in the direction of fairness. This change has predominantly taken place in states once thought to be unreachable in the fight for equal representation—with the Allen v. Milligan decision leading to more representative maps in Alabama, Louisiana and Georgia, and long-term investment leading to new, fair state legislative maps in Wisconsin. As a result of this progress, even more states will have representative congressional and state legislative maps going into the 2024 election than going into the 2022 midterms. 

“Taken together, the results are a victory for democracy, but the fight for fairness remains far from over. While most states have moved in the direction of fairness since 2022, North Carolina, Texas, and Florida—where Republicans pursued arrogant gerrymanders to achieve unearned and illegitimate power—stand in stark contrast. Today, we welcome the new map in my home state, but we are not stopping in our efforts for fairness in other parts of the nation.”