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Expanding the Size of the House

  • 26 Jan 2019 9:31 PM
    Message # 7131160
    Patrick Sheridan (Administrator)

    What are your thoughts on a possible expansion of the House?

    Many people support the Wyoming Rule, and I've personally done maps using a hypothetical example where each state has at least 2 districts.

    435 is not small by international standards but having each Congressman representing ~700-750,000 people is problematic IMO. Should we expand the House or is the current number a good size?

  • 12 Apr 2019 1:05 PM
    Reply # 7279708 on 7131160
    Michael Harris (Administrator)

    I'd love to see the House approximately double so that each district has around 350k people. That way even Wyoming would be qualified for one seat, but most other states would have at least two. One big problem with expanding the House is the lack of space for twice as many members in DC. Think about all the new office space that would be needed and imagine how the House chamber would need to be doubled in size. 

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