The newly created 14th U.S. House Congressional District spans most of Northwest Georgia and trails south to include Polk, Haralson and Paulding counties.
The 9th district shifted east and now stretches to the South Carolina state line.
Georgia state legislators released the proposed U.S congressional district map this afternoon during their special session.
The state earned a new House seat because of its growing population, most of which has been in North Georgia.
In addition to the southernmost counties, the new district includes Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Walker, Whitfield and part of Pickens counties.
Ed Painter, a Dalton businessman who had advocated for a district that did not include eastern counties such as Hall and Forsyth, called the proposed map an “excellent district.”
“It is compact, keeps together a commonality of interest and broke up only one county,” Painter said. “And it is a competitive district. No single county will dominate.”
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Mariann Martin covers healthcare in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. She joined the Times Free Press in February 2011, after covering crime and courts for the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun for two years. Mariann was born in Indiana, but grew up in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Belize. She graduated from Union University in 2005 with degrees in English and history and has master’s degrees in international relations and history from the University of Toronto. While attending Union, ...