After the last census results were released, South Carolina was awarded a seventh congressional seat. In the next few weeks discussions will begin in the state legislature on the process of redistricting.
The major growth in the state occurred along the coast in the counties of Horry, Charleston, and Beaufort, leading many political experts to surmise that the new seventh district will front the Atlantic coast. In a recent appearance on Columbia affiliate WVOC, Sixth District Congressman James Clyburn agreed with that observation.
York County also experienced a huge growth spurt in the last decade. In total, South Carolina’s population increased by 15.3 percent to 4.6 million residents in the past 10 years, according to Census numbers.
The majority party in the state legislature gets to redraw the district lines, and Clyburn, a Democrat, concedes republicans will likely draw the lines in such a way that the new district will be represented by a member of the GOP. Clyburn says whatever way the lines are reconfigured, he hopes it can be done in a noncontentious manner.