Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement after the U.S. Census Bureau released the Census population totals for the country and the states, as well as the congressional apportionment totals for Michigan:
"While expected, it is disappointing that Michigan will lose a seat in Congress. Even though Michigan's population is growing, it is not growing as fast as other states. As a Member of Congress in our state's congressional delegation, I will continue to work every day to ensure that Michigan families have a voice in Washington.
"Ensuring fair maps and ending partisan gerrymandering is important to ensuring Michiganders have a voice in our democracy. That is why I support and have confidence in Michigan's Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, passed overwhelmingly by Michigan voters, that will draw the new congressional districts. Voters should choose their elected officials.
"It is unfortunate that Michigan Republicans are pushing extreme legislation, right now in the State Legislature, that makes it harder to vote. Dozens of bills have been introduced to remove secure ballot drop boxes or make it more difficult for people to vote by absentee ballot. We must all speak out against attempts to suppress the vote."