In what was a widely expected announcement, the US Census Bureau today released figures today that confirm the loss of 1 seat in the US House. How will the Legislature react to this development? Which two Democrats will they pit against each other, or will someone retire?
Some may see this a loss of Massachusetts political influence; however, I see this as a gain for our country. If we take any of our current 10 Representatives out of the US House, and replace them with a US Rep. from a state that gained population, that person is likely to vote more with the majority of America.
This is not to say that the other states are smarter or have better people than Massachusetts. It’s just that Government in our state is broken, and people generally elect those with experience in government. Of the current 10 Reps., only John Tierney and Niki Tsongas were elected without previously holding elected office. And, of course, Niki Tsongas, was elected mostly based upon her being the widow of the former Congressman and Senator.