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Some in Assembly face drastic shifts under GOP redistricting plan

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GINA R. HEINE
July 9, 2011
— The Republican-proposed changes to district lines in Rock, Walworth and Green counties would put at least three Assembly representatives in new districts.

Republican Amy Loudenbeck would no longer live in her 45th Assembly District, which would shift completely to cover an L-shape in southwestern Rock County and the eastern half of Green County. Her new district would be the 31st, now held by Steve Nass, R-La Grange, who also would shift to a different district.


Loudenbeck would face no incumbent because Nass would be in the new 33rd District, which would include La Grange and Troy townships in Walworth County.


Loudenbeck’s new 31st District would cover the southeastern part of Rock County and western Walworth County, including Elkhorn, Williams Bay, Fontana and Walworth.


The new 45th District would include the home of Rep. Janis Ringhand, D-Evansville. Ringhand’s 80th District would no longer include Rock County and would shift north to cover more of Dane and Iowa counties. Her new 45th District would include Beloit Township and the western half of Beloit.


Ringhand said she was surprised by the changes to her district, but she hadn’t seen the map yet.


“It’s just a very, very different segment than what I’ve had,” she said.


Ringhand said she would miss the residents she’s gotten to know in Monroe and Green County.


The changes are to her advantage because the 45th would not have an incumbent, she said.


Republican Joe Knilans’ 44th District that represents most of Janesville remains nearly the same with the addition of a small chunk of Rock Township south of the city.


Republican Evan Wynn’s 43rd Assembly District would no longer include the southwestern townships in Rock County and Orfordville and would add southern parts of Jefferson and Dane counties.


The redistricting wouldn’t really change anything for Wynn, he said. He’ll keep knocking on doors and getting his message out, he said.


Ringhand and Wynn were the only area legislators the Gazette could reach late Friday afternoon.


Democrat Tim Cullen’s 15th Senate District would shift northwest, no longer including southeastern Rock County. The new district would include parts of southern Dane and Jefferson counties and much of southeastern Green County.


Democrat Jon Erpenbach’s 27th Senate District would no longer include Evansville and Union and Magnolia townships in Rock County or southern Green County. His district would shift north to include eastern Iowa County and parts of Sauk and Columbia counties.


Republican Neal Kedzie’s 11th Senate District expands to include an eastern chunk of Rock County stretching from Harmony Township, part of northeastern Janesville, the village of Clinton and the eastern half of the city of Beloit.



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