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Senate Leader Names Redistricting Committee (Dec 29, 2010)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate's incoming leader is pledging to take a fair and accurate approach to the redrawing the boundaries of congressional, legislative and other elective state positions.

Senate President Pro Tem-designate Brian Bingman named members of the Senate Redistricting Committee on Wednesday. That panel and a similar House committee will redraw district boundaries to adjust to population changes based on the 2010 census.

Bingman says state Supreme Court boundaries have not been redrawn since 1968. Congressional and legislative districts change with each census every ten years. He says the Senate panel we will work hard to make sure every Oklahoman is fairly represented.

The 2010 Census found that Oklahoma's population grew 8.7 percent over the last decade to 3.75 million people, enough to retain its five U.S. House seats.

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