Election Data Systems, a political demographics consulting firm, reports that updated census figures from July show that Texas is due three extra seats in the US House, and that will rise to four seats by the time apportionment happens in 2010.
The losers: Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
Texas will gain more members in the House than any other state, according to the report. Four other states - Florida, Georgia, Nevada, and Utah - would each gain a seat and Arizona would likely nab two. Depending on how population trends move in the next two years, Oregon, North Carolina and South Carolina might get extra seats too.
Thank (or blame) Texas' steady population growth, due in no small part to our state's stickiness.
And our neighbor to the east, Louisiana, has nearly recovered from its mass migration losses following Hurricane Katrina. If it hadn't, the state could have been due to lose more than just the one seat it's currently projected to give up.
"The severe decline in the state’s population as a result of Katrina in August 2005 has been nearly made up in the 2008 estimates. The state is just short of where its population was reported in 2000 with these new estimates," according to the report.