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Changes in store for Pa.'s legislative makeup

December 13, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Changes to Pennsylvania's legislative districts will slice up Franklin County and divide it among several politicians.

On Monday, the state Legislative Reapportionment Commission approved its final maps, which are based on population changes found in 2010 Census data.

Redistricting is required every 10 years by the U.S. Constitution.

State Rep. Todd Rock, a Republican, said his 90th House District in southern Franklin County gained 9,000 people in the past decade. Because of that, the geographical boundaries of his district will shrink.

"It actually got smaller," Rock said of the district's geographical footprint.

The district will retain more than 62,000 residents, he said.

State Rep. Rob Kauffman's 89th House District will experience similar changes for the same reason. The district will lose its foothold in neighboring Cumberland County.

"The change in legislative boundaries is bittersweet for me as I have built relationships with great people who will no longer reside in my legislative district," Kauffman wrote in an email.

He said he will "represent longtime friends and neighbors as well as build new friendships."

The 33rd Senate District, which is represented by state Sen. Richard Alloway, is shifting east and losing the Tuscarora and Greencastle-Antrim school districts.

Alloway, a Republican who lives in the Chambersburg area, said he'll continue to consider the needs of all Franklin County residents when he makes decisions in the state capital.

State Rep. Mark Keller, a Republican from the 86th House District, will lose his portion of northern Franklin County.

New to Franklin County are C. Adam Harris, a Republican from the 82nd House District; Dick Hess, a Republican from the 78th House District; and John H. Eichelberger Jr., a Republican from the 30th Senate District.

"John (Eichelberger) is a good friend and has a conservative voting record like mine," Alloway said. "We're gaining another ally to help me fight for Franklin County."

Candidates in the 2012 election cycle can start circulating nominating petitions on Jan. 24.



Where local districts fall in new legislative maps

What follows is a list of municipalities included in the redrawn legislative districts in southcentral Pennsylvania, according to lawmakers and www.redistricting.state.pa.us.  

30th Senate District

Current senator: John H. Eichelberger Jr.

Fannett Township

St. Thomas Township

Peters Township

Montgomery Township

Warren Township

Antrim Township

Borough of Greencastle

Borough of Mercersburg

Huntingdon County

Blair County

Fulton County

part of Perry County



33rd Senate District

Current senator: Richard Alloway II

Borough of Chambersburg

Borough of Mont Alto

Borough of Orrstown

Borough of Shippensburg

Borough of Waynesboro

Greene Township

Guilford Township

Hamilton Township

Letterkenny Township

Lurgan Township

Metal Township

Quincy Township

Southampton Township

Washington Township

part of Cumberland County

part of Adams County

small portion of York County



78th House District

Current representative: Dick Hess

Montgomery Township

Warren Township

Peters Township

Borough of Mercersburg

all of Fulton County

part of Bedford County

part of Huntingdon County



82nd House District

Current representative: C. Adam Harris

Fannett Township

Metal Township

St. Thomas Township

Juniata County

part of Mifflin County



86th House District

Current representative: Mark Keller

Perry County

part of Cumberland County



89th House District

Current representative: Rob Kauffman

Hamilton Township

Letterkenny Township

Greene Township

Borough of Chambersburg

Borough of Orrstown

Southampton Township

Lurgan Township

Shippensburg borough (Franklin County portion)

Guilford Township (precinct 6 only)



90th House District

Current representative: Todd Rock

Washington Township

Quincy Township

Guilford Township

Antrim Township

Borough of Mont Alto

Borough of Waynesboro

Borough of Greencastle

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