Easttown Changes U.S. Reps Under Proposal

Shifts would redraw Pennsylvania's Sixth and Seventh Congressional Districts.

The Tredyffrin-Easttown area could see its congressional representation shift from two congressmen to one, if a Republican statehouse plan is approved.

According to a proposal introduced by General Assembly Republicans and detailed by PoliticsPa.com, Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-7th) would vacate his Easttown district. Rep. James Gerlach (R-6th) would assume that area, while keeping his hold of Tredyffrin.

Democratic lawmakers have complained of the plan as a way for Meehan to ward off election defeat in weak Republican areas. Under the plan, the district would add traditionally Republican areas in Berks and Lancaster counties, according to the Delaware County Times.

Gerlach, meanwhile, tightens his coverage area in Berks and Chester counties, while losing his lower districts in Montgomery County. 

If the General Assembly and governor approve this plan, it would impact the 2012 congressional election.


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