Jan 05 2015
Today, Delegate Rip Sullivan, for his first piece of legislation as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, introduced a bill that will help take the politics out of the redistricting process. The legislation would require the General Assembly to use objective, well-defined and specific nonpartisan criteria in drawing Virginia’s state and congressional legislative districts.
“This legislation will go a long way toward creating legislative districts that are truly compact, contiguous and respect political subdivision boundaries. By reducing the role of politics, we will establish a redistricting process that is fair, transparent, and takes into account the interests of the citizens of the Commonwealth,” said Sullivan. “Voters should choose their legislators, not the other way around. This legislation will help ensure that the General Assembly is using objective, nonpartisan criteria to draw legislative maps, instead of making districts less competitive by using partisan data to draw ‘safe’ districts for incumbents. I look forward to working on this important legislation in the upcoming legislative session.”
Greg Lucyk, President of the Board of OneVirginia2021, a group of Virginians from across the political spectrum seeking to reform the redistricting process, applauded the bill. “Delegate Sullivan’s legislation takes a major step toward ending gerrymandering in the Commonwealth. Gerrymandering eliminates competition in elections, increases voter apathy, and promotes polarization and gridlock. We are especially pleased that Delegate Sullivan’s bill mirrors one of the key recommendations issued on December 22nd by the Governor’s Bi-Partisan Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in Government – and that is to incorporate objective, nonpartisan redistricting criteria into the Code of Virginia. We believe Delegate Sullivan’s bill achieves this goal, and will provide clear, specific and enforceable standards to guide the redistricting process.”
Delegate Rip Sullivan represents Virginia's 48th House of Delegates District, which is composed of parts of Arlington and McLean.