How Redistricting Happened in Michigan
The following timeline is a high-level overview outlining major redistricting events and activity in the state of Michigan over the last 10 years.
Republicans won trifecta control of the state, meaning that Republicans won control of the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature.
Census data delivered to Michigan.
Republican-controlled legislature drew and approved new congressional and state legislative maps, both of which were challenged in court as gerrymandered maps.
Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed the new gerrymandered maps into law.
President Barack Obama won Michigan with 54% of the vote and Senator Debbie Stabenow won re-election with 59% of the vote.
Despite these Democratic victories, the new gerrymandered maps helped Republicans gain control of 64% of the congressional delegation and 54% of the state House.
Though Democrat Gary Peters won a U.S. Senate seat with 55% of the vote, the gerrymandered maps gave Republicans 71% of the state Senate.
The League of Women Voters of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit alleging the 2011 congressional and state legislative maps are unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders that discriminate against Democratic voters in order to advantage Republicans. The case is pending.
Voters have the opportunity to elect a Democrat to the governor’s mansion, and to elect Democrats in key down-ballot races, and a citizen-led initiative to reform the redistricting process could be on the ballot.