Eric Holder Statement on New Map in Pennsylvania

Washington, D.C. — Today, Eric H. Holder, Jr., Chairman of NDRC and the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, released the following statement on the map issued by the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court:

“The fair map issued by the state Supreme Court is a major victory in the fight against gerrymandering in Pennsylvania and around the country. This new map will finally allow Pennsylvanians the opportunity to choose their elected officials and have a congressional delegation that more accurately reflects the political desires of the people.

“Governor Wolf’s rejection of a map last week that would have continued Republican gerrymandering highlights how important it is that we elect more Democrats who will fight for fairness. Republicans all over the country should be on notice – their days of partisan map-rigging are numbered.”

NDRC recently announced Pennsylvania is on its Electoral Target list for 2018. The targets include the states that were the most badly gerrymandered by Republicans in 2011 as well as states where Democrats have an opportunity to protect against Republican gerrymandering.

The NDRC is the first-ever strategic hub for a comprehensive redistricting strategy that includes winning targeted elections, reforming the system, advancing legal action and building the infrastructure needed to achieve a fairer redistricting process.

Our goal is to restore fairness to our democracy by undoing the Republican gerrymandering plaguing our country and creating fair congressional and legislative maps that reflect the will of the voters.