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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.
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.
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.
The new District, District 5, still includes all of Jackson County in addition to all seven of the counties on Michigan’s southern border.
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.
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.
New District 17 includes all, or parts of, six other counties, primarily to the south and west extending to Lake Michigan.
Our new District 14 also includes a northern portion of Washtenaw County.
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.
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.
Going forward Jackson County will be a part of four districts, 45, 46, 47 and 48.
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.
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*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.”