Ohio Congressional map heads to Governor; Clark County would be divided

COLUMBUS — A House approval of the bill that includes a new Congressional map for Ohio has it heading to Gov. Mike DeWine for consideration.

Senate Bill 258 passed with a vote of 55-36, with local Rep. Kyle Koehler voting against it since it divided Clark County into two different districts.

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“While I applaud the hard work of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, I was disheartened by the decision to divide Clark County into two congressional districts and remove Warren Davidson as our congressman,” Koehler said. “I did not hear from a single constituent, community or civic leader, non-profit, private business, or social group that supported the division of Springfield and Clark County into two congressional districts.”

Following the 2020 Census, Ohio lost a seat in the U.S. Congress, which prompted the state legislature to redraw district lines to account for the change.

With the new proposed district lines, District 10, which is currently represented by Rep. Mike Turner would change to include Montgomery, Greene and a portion of Clark County including Springfield. Currently, Turner represents Montgomery, Greene and Fayette counties.