Area State Reps See Relief From Being Put In Same House District

Area state representatives are claiming a significant victory for West Texas as a result of an amended legislative redistricting bill that can spare them from being political opponents in the same South Plains district. The development came in the early morning hours today with the passage by the state House of an amendment to HB 150 by Amarillo’s Representative John Smithee. That brought praise from District 83’s Charles Perry of Lubbock and District 85’s Jim Landtroop of Plainview. Under the change, Landtroop’s District 85 would be phased out and he would run in future Republican primaries in District 88.  Landtroop later called it a huge win for Texas Tech and all interests unique to the area. Perry said that when he and Landtroop saw the first redistricting map that would have cost West Texas three seats in the House:  “We knew that we could not sit idly by and let that happen. We worked with the leadership and built consensus to preserve West Texas for the next decade.”  The House redistricting bill still must be approved by the Senate. And any redistricting plan is likely to draw legal challenges.

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