Steamboat Springs Routt and Eagle counties will make up the new Colorado House District 26 after Democratic-drawn maps of new state legislative districts that put a number of Republican incumbents in the same district were approved by the Colorado Supreme Court.
"It is ordered that Resubmitted Plan for districts for the Senate and House of Representatives shall be, and the same hereby is approved," the court said in a short order issued Monday, rejecting Republican arguments that the maps were unconstitutional. "It is further ordered that the resubmitted plan shall be filed with Colorado Secretary of State no later than Dec. 14, 2011."
Routt County has been part of House District 57 and is represented by Randy Baumgardner, a Republican from Hot Sulphur Springs in Grand County. Baumgardner’s seat was put in jeopardy earlier this year when a different set of redistricting maps was tentatively approved. That redistricting would have removed Grand County from H.D. 57, and Baumgardner subsequently leased a ranch in Jackson County, which at the time was to remain in H.D. 57.
Based on Monday’s Supreme Court ruling, Jackson and Grand counties will now be part of H.D. 13. Moffat, Rio Blanco and Garfield counties will make up H.D. 57.
Routt County will remain part of Senate District 8, according to the approved maps. Senate District 8 is represented by Jean White, a Hayden Republican who took over for her husband, Al White, when he was named the state’s Tourism Office director.
The state's high court earlier this year kicked back the first set of maps drawn by the Colorado Reapportionment Commission, agreeing with Republican arguments that the maps — which had been approve on bipartisan votes — split too many counties.
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