Hillsborough County would be able to elect two members from the county to Congress under a major reconfiguration of the state’s Congressional districts proposed by Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon.
Lee said the county has been well represented over the years, but said there are enough people in eastern Hillsborough County that have like interests that they deserve to be in the same Congressional district represented by someone from the county. As it is now, Hillsborough County is split into four congressional districts, yet only one member is from Hillsborough: Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa. Other parts of Hillsborough have congressmen living in Polk County, Pinellas and even Okeechobee.
Lee said he’s done with parts of Hillsborough being sliced and diced to help balance out populations in Congressional districts in other parts of the state.
“I just feel like it’s somebody else’s turn,” Lee said.
Under the plan he proposed this morning, the 15th Congressional District, now represented by Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, would become an almost completely Hillsborough County district that would cover Plant City, Brandon, Riverview and Sun City Center. It would also include a portion of Polk County.