The Indiana General Assembly announced proposed U.S. House of Representatives and Indiana State House of Representatives districts for the next decade Tuesday. Bloomington and Monroe County will stay in Indiana’s 9th District under the proposed maps, but the rest of IN-9 would change to include most of southeastern Indiana.
The proposed IN-9 would preserve the area stretching directly south of Bloomington, including New Albany and Jeffersonville, Indiana, across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. Areas south of Decatur and Franklin Counties, including counties in the Cincinnati metro area within Indiana, would join IN-9.
Bloomington remained in Indiana House District 61, though the proposed map includes less of the area north of the city.
Morgan County, including Martinsville, Indiana, would shift to IN-4, which stretches along west-central Indiana, including western Indianapolis suburbs in Hendricks County, West Lafayette, Indiana, and up to Jasper County in the northwestern part of the state.
In the Indianapolis area, IN-5 would no longer include northern Marion County, which would shift to IN-7. A drastically different IN-6 would include southern Marion County, and stretch east toward the Ohio border.
Indiana Republicans are expected to solidify a significant advantage over Democrats in Indiana when the redistricting process is completed.
The public is invited to two meetings to discuss the proposed maps from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. until comment is over Thursday at the Indiana State House chambers in Indianapolis.