How Redistricting Happened in Pennsylvania
The following timeline is a high-level overview outlining major redistricting events and activity in the state of Pennsylvania over the last 10 years.
Republicans gained control of the governorship and won trifecta control of the state, meaning that Republicans controlled the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature.
Census data delivered to Pennsylvania.
Republican-controlled legislature approved gerrymandered congressional map that Republican Governor Tom Corbett subsequently signed into law.
Politician-led redistricting commission issued and approved state legislative map.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the legislative map because it violated the Pennsylvania Constitution’s redistricting criteria and ordered a new map.
President Barack Obama won Pennsylvania with 52% of the vote and Democrat Bob Casey Jr. won a U.S. Senate seat with 54% of the vote, but gerrymandered maps gave Republicans 72% of the congressional delegation and 54% of the state Senate and state House.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved the commission’s revised state redistricting plan.
Democratic Governor Tom Wolf won the governor’s seat by an almost 10-point margin with 55% of the state vote, but gerrymandered maps helped Republicans gain more seats in both the state Senate and House.
Republicans won a supermajority in the state Senate, even though the state split almost evenly between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the congressional map as a partisan gerrymander in violation of the state’s Constitution and ordered the state legislature to produce a new map.
The legislature drew another gerrymandered map that Governor Wolf did not approve.
A special master appointed by the state Supreme Court produced a fair map that will be in effect for the midterm elections this year.
Pennsylvania voters have the chance to support Governor Wolf for re-election and elect more Democrats to the state legislature.