Eric Holder Praises Colorado’s Successful Redistricting Process, New Congressional Map

October 21, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Today, Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States and Chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, released the below statement following Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to approve the congressional map submitted by the Colorado Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission:

“With today’s decision, Colorado has accomplished what the voters wanted: a fair and transparent redistricting process that produced a map that works for the voters and not against them. The public redistricting process that led to the approval of the Commission’s map has been a resounding success that should serve as a prime example of how to fairly draw districts and return power back to the people—where it belongs.

“I have long said that well-designed and well-run independent commissions are the gold standard in the redistricting process. An overwhelming majority of voters in 2018 approved an independent, citizen-led process that prioritized public participation, and the independent commission diligently saw that task through to the end. Thanks to their hard work and commitment to fairness, voters will be able to cast their ballots on a map that reflects the diversity of their communities.

“The path to a new map in Colorado shows the rest of the nation what an open and responsive redistricting process looks like in practice, including robust opportunities for public participation and transparent decision making. Fair redistricting relies heavily on the individual voices that make up our communities. My team and I will continue to work diligently across the country to ensure as many members of the public as possible can make their voice heard, just as we saw here.”