Now that the House and Senate have agreed on a compromised redistricting plan that places a 7th Congressional District in the Pee Dee portion of South Carolina–it now heads to the governor’s desk. Governor Nikki Haley announced today she plans on signing the plan in Myrtle Beach on Monday. The plan closely follows the version originally supported by Republican leaders. That map passed the House, but was rejected by the Senate in June. At the time, 11 Republicans joined with Democrats to pass a plan pushed by Berkeley Senator Larry Grooms that instead put the new district in the Lowcountry.
That plan would have moved 6th District Congressman Jim Clyburn’s district out of the Lowcountry entirely. However, many Republicans closed ranks Tuesday to reject that version. The approved plan stretches Clyburn’s district down to the Savannah River and out of Florence and Marion counties.
Grooms’ plan was approved by Senate members, but didn’t sit well with the House.
“I created a map and was able to get enough votes in the Senate and it passed. The Senate map gets Congressman Clyburn completely out of the Lowcountry. If that map were to become law no longer would Congressman Clyburn stretch all the way from the state capital into upper Richland County all the way down into parts of Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester,” says Grooms.
Grooms was criticized for his plan to get Clyburn out of the Lowcountry because legislators were claiming Grooms wanted the 7th District for himself. He says that’s not so.
After the governor signs the new plan, it will then head to the U.S. Justice Department for approval.