Congressman Lowenthal Applauds Introduction of HR 1 Which Includes Key Language From His Work On Redistricting Reform

January 4, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today applauded the introduction yesterday of H.R. 1, a sweeping and comprehensive voting rights, election security, and anti-corruption legislative package named the For The People Act. HR1 includes key provisions to restore election integrity taken from the Congressman's previously introduced legislation, the Redistricting Reform Act.

"The United States is in the middle of a democratic crisis. Voters feel disenfranchised by a system that is dominated by gerrymandered districts and dark money, while remaining fearful that voter systems can be hacked or sabotaged. H.R. 1 will give citizens the confidence that their voices and votes are heard and ensuring that our democracy is fair, secure, and representative of the people."

"Critical issues require extraordinary actions, and H.R. 1 is an important step toward restoring full faith and credit in our democracy."

The Redistricting Reform Act language in H.R. 1 is a key component to protecting the voice of the people in the process. The Founders built the House of Representatives to be the chamber closest to the people, and therefore, must be accountable to the voters. For far too long, politicians have used gerrymandering to draw their own districts, choosing who will be voting for them. Requiring States to implement independent redistricting commissions, similar to California and Arizona, will restore the peoples voice in the process and make politicians accountable to the voters."

Congressman Lowenthal has been a longtime champion of redistricting reform and fought to end the practice of gerrymandering. The first bill he introduced in Congress, H.R.2978, the "Let the People Draw the Lines Act," required states to implement independent redistricting commissions to end gerrymandering of Congressional districts and give citizens more direct control over the redistricting process.

In 2015, Congressman Lowenthal lead the bipartisan Member of Congress amicus brief to the Supreme Court supporting the right of citizens to establish independent redistricting commissions in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.

In September 2017, Congressman Lowenthal also led the bipartisan Member of Congress amicus brief to the Supreme Court for Gill v. Whitford regarding extreme partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin, and later that year, he joined with colleagues in sending a bipartisan Member of Congress amicus brief in Benisek v. Lamone regarding extreme partisan gerrymandering in Maryland.

Congressman Lowenthal is also the coauthor of a bipartisan House resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that congressional redistricting should be reformed to remove political gerrymandering.

While serving in the California State Legislature, Congressman Lowenthal introduced legislation to stop politicians from drawing their own legislative districts. This legislation helped paved the way for what eventually would become the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.