Gov. Kemp Signs Controversial New Georgia District Maps, Ahead of Federal Court's Review

Gov. Kemp Signs Controversial New Georgia District Maps, Ahead of Federal Court's ReviewSource: Google Street View
Marc Washington
Published on December 11, 2023

Georgia's political landscape is set for yet another shake-up as Gov. Brian Kemp signed off on new state congressional and legislative district maps this past Friday. The maps, a source of contention drawn during a special legislative session called in reaction to a federal court's ruling, now solidify the battleground for the state's future elections.

These redrawn districts came to be after the previous ones were struck down as unconstitutional, and with Kemp's signature before the looming deadline, the stage is set for a December 20 hearing by U.S. District Court Judge Steven Jones to determine their legality, as reported by Atlanta News First. Jones had earlier mandated that the new maps should include two new black-majority districts in the state Senate and five in the state House—an instruction with consequences that the Georgia legislature seems to have grappled with.

In the intricate dance of bipartisanship, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle face the music; the newly approved maps pit several incumbents against each other, among them House Democrats Reps. Sam Park and Gregg Kennard from Lawrenceville, as well as Reps. Teri Anulewicz and Doug Stoner from Smyrna, and on the Republican side, Rep. Beth Camp is set to run against Rep. David Knight, as WSBTV confirms.