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      Iowa, Ill. and Mo. lose congressional seats

      U.S. Census Bureau officials say Illinois, Missouri and Iowa are among a handful of states that have lost congressional seats.

      That means the number of congressional seats in Illinois will now be 18 instead of 19, Iowa will lose one of its five seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Missouri is losing a congressional district, falling to eight members in the U.S. House.

      Census Bureau officials announced the congressional seats Tuesday at a news conference in Washington where they discussed initial results of the 2010 Census count.

      The congressional map is re-drawn each decade based on the population count. The figures are used to reapportion the 435 House seats among the 50 states.

      The loss of a seat in Illinois was widely expected, but this will be Missouri's smallest federal delegation since the 1850 census. Missouri has had nine congressional districts since the 1980 census. Missouri had been on the bubble between holding its nine congressional districts and dropping by one. The loss of a seat likely means that an incumbent federal lawmaker will be forced out of a job. That may be problematic for Democrats because the Republican-led state Legislature will be in charge of drawing new congressional districts.

      U.S. Census data released Tuesday shows Iowa's population at just over 3 million people. The loss of a congressional seat will leave the state with its fewest number of representatives in the U.S. House since 1850. Officials with the state agency that will be redrawing Iowa's congressional district map say it's too early to know what the final map will look like and which districts could be combined.

      The agency's officials say the U.S. population is 308.7 million, which is the lowest growth since Great Depression.

      Watch The U.S. Census and the Amazing Apportionment Machine at the United States Census 2010 homepage! A really fun video that better explains how seats are divided.

      As the 2010 Census results show us, Iowans once again led the way in participating in the Census, which is critical for Iowa to get its fair share of federal funding. However, the Census also shows us that Iowa is not growing as fast as the rest of the nation. I have long said that we must reverse the ~brain drain TM that has caused our state to lose talented young Iowans to other parts of the country, which has set the current redistricting in motion. To reverse this trend, we must ensure that there are good paying jobs here at home. That is why I have strongly supported our state TMs cutting-edge renewable energy industry, have worked to reinvigorate our manufacturing base so that we start to build things in America again, and have worked tirelessly to support small businesses, which are the drivers of our economy. I will continue to work to support and promote good-paying jobs for Iowans and will continue to work to make sure that our state not only competes in, but leads, the 21st century economy.

      - Statement from Congressman Dave Loebsack


      While it is disappointing that the State of Missouri will lose representation in Congress and the Electoral College, I am confident that the General Assembly will work diligently to ensure that all Missourians are represented fairly and adequately. Once the process is complete, we believe that the legislature will have produced a fair map that passes legal muster.

      - Statement from David Cole, Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party


      Today TMs census announcement confirms that Missouri is a growing state. While our growth rate of 7 percent over the past 10 years far exceeds the growth rate across the Midwest, we unfortunately fell short of the benchmark for keeping nine seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the coming months, the General Assembly will begin the important process of redrawing congressional district lines, and that process must move forward openly, transparently and fairly.

      - Statement from Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon