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The Jackson Chamber acts as an advocate for businesses on a local, state, and federal level to ensure policies reflect what’s best for business. 

Changing District Lines

Michigan Population Data

  • Population is 10,077,331
  • Median Age is 39.8

Jackson County Population Data

  • Population is 160,366
  • Median Age is 41.6

According to the U.S. Constitution, legislative and congressional districts are to be redrawn at least one every ten years using new census data to guarantee equal representation.

*Source: 2020 Census

Not only did the 2020 Census provide current facts and figures about America’s people, places, and economy, it was also used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and assist in defining legislature districts.

*The Chamber’s role in this is to provide information. The Chamber did not have any role in the mandate to redistrict, the process of doing so, or the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.

What does all that mean for Jackson County? A great deal actually!

US Representative

District 7 (Old)

At present, Congressman Tim Walberg represents Michigan’s 7th District which includes all of Jackson County as well as all, or parts, of six other counties.

District 5 (New)

The new District, District 5, still includes all of Jackson County in addition to all seven of the counties on Michigan’s southern border.

5th District Representative in Congress

Democratic Candidate

Bart Goldberg

Republican Candidate

Tim Walberg

State Senate

16th District (Old)

As it stands now, Senator Mike Shirkey represents Michigan’s 16th District which includes all of Jackson County as well as all of Branch and Hillsdale Counties.

District 17 & 14 (New)

Going forward, Jackson County will no longer be represented in Lansing by a single Senator. Jackson County will now be parts of two different districts, District 14 and District 17. A majority of Jackson County will be in new District 14, except for the western most townships of Springport, Parma, Concord and Pulaski, which will be in new District 17.

17th District (New)

New District 17 includes all, or parts of, six other counties, primarily to the south and west extending to Lake Michigan.

14th District (New)

Our new District 14 also includes a northern portion of Washtenaw County.


17th District State Senator

Democratic Candidate

Scott Starr

Republican Candidate

Jonathan Lindsey

14th District State Senator

Democratic Candidate

Sue Shink

Republican Candidate

Tim Golding

State Representative

64th & 65th Districts (Old)

Some of the most dramatic changes are those involving our counties representation in the State House of Representatives. Currently, Jackson County is a part of two districts, the 64th and 65th represented by Julie Alexander and Sarah Lightner respectively.

64th & 65th Districts (Old)

District 64 is entirely contained within Jackson County. Most, but not all, of District 65 is in Jackson County. It also has a part of Eaton and Lenawee Counties.

Districts 45, 46, 47 & 48 (New)

Going forward Jackson County will be a part of four districts, 45, 46, 47 and 48.

Districts 45, 46, 47 & 48 (New)

None of the four districts are entirely contained within the county. All four districts have boundaries that extend beyond Jackson County and involve parts of other counties including Kalamazoo, Calhoun, and Washtenaw.


45th District State Senator

Democratic Candidate

Ron Hawkins

Republican Candidate

Sarah Lightner

46th District State Senator

Democratic Candidate

Maurice Imhoff

Republican Candidate

Kathy Schmaltz 


47th District State Senator

Democratic Candidate

Carrie Rheingans

Republican Candidate

Tina Bednarski-Lynch

48th District State Senator

Democratic Candidate

Jennifer Conlin

Republican Candidate

Jason Woolford

Legislative Updates

Want to get involved?

Attend a Rise & Shine Breakfast by viewing our Event Calendar.

Join our Public Policy & Advocacy Committee by emailing kelly@jacksonchamber.org. 
*Must own or be employed by a Jackson Chamber Member business in order to be eligible. 



Our experience working with the Jackson Chamber of Commerce has been invaluable. Craig and his staff are always quick to respond to our questions and inquiries. We have found great value in the business collaboration meetings as well as the legislative update meetings. We would recommend Jackson Chamber membership to any business in the Jackson area looking to be “in the know.” 

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