Statement from Eric Holder on Michigan Independent Commission’s Final Congressional and State Legislative Maps

December 28, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Today, Eric H. Holder, Jr., the 82nd Attorney General of the United States and Chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, released the following statement in response to the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission’s (MICRC) passage of final congressional and state legislative maps:

“The citizens who served on the MICRC, and those who participated in public hearings, deserve praise for their service to the state of Michigan. The commission process can be messy – it requires scrutiny, public input, accountability from diverse communities seeking equal representation, and well-balanced debate. No one gets everything they want, and everyone has to compromise. But that is how a commission is supposed to work and, in turn, it is a reflection of how American democracy should function. 

“The MICRC’s success demonstrates that independent commissions can execute a fair process and produce a fair result. This is the kind of result we would never see from the hyper-partisan, Republican-led state legislature. The final maps ensure that Michigan will be competitive for the next decade – and where Democrats can compete in a fair system, they can win.”