From Inside the Lines: Mario Diaz-Balart is ?ost influential?on redistricting

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The Roll Call website has put together a list (h/t to the Orlando Sentinel) of the 10 congressmen the publication believe carry the most influence on redistricting in their home states. Florida? designee: U.S. Rep.Mario Diaz-Balart.

Here? what the website said:

With two new seats at stake, Florida is the second-biggest redistricting prize in the country for Republicans, who control the governor? mansion and both legislative chambers. The passage of the Fair Districts Florida ballot initiative last year may threaten to mess with local lawmakers?plans to draw several new seats for Republicans in 2012 by requiring lawmakers to draw ?ompact?districts. Nonetheless, Republicans still have more power in drawing the new lines than anyone besides the courts ?and Diaz-Balart, a veteran of the redistricting process, has emerged as a clear leader in the delegation on this issue. Diaz-Balart had a heavy hand in drawing South Florida districts at the end of his 14-year run as a state lawmaker. And given his Hispanic background, his connections to Florida? fastest-growing ethnic community will be key in finding good GOP candidates to run in new majority-Hispanic districts. Finally, he has already proved he? willing to fight: Diaz-Balart, along with Rep.Corrine Brown (D), filed a lawsuit last year in federal court toprotest the state? new Fair Districts Florida redistricting law.

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