Marlborough could soon have a new representative in the United States Congress, but not through any act of the voters.
A week after Gov. Deval Patrick signed off on , the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting released maps Monday re-drawing the state's congressional districts, which have shrunk from 10 to nine districts due to population shifts. For approval, the new districts must be adopted by the full House and Senate before Nov. 16.
To view the new map (and the old map) see the images on the right.
Long represented by James McGovern (3rd District) of Worcester, the proposed new district would have Marlborough join neighboring Hudson in the 5th Congressional district currently represented by Niki Tsongas.
Tsongas has been in the House of Representatives since 2007 when she won office in a special election held after the retirement of Rep. Marty Meehan. She ran unopposed in 2008 and won her seat against a Republican challenger in 2010. She is the widow of the late congressman, senator and one-time presidential candidate, Paul Tsongas.
Congressional redistricting proposals are causing quite a stir across the state this week. Milford residents for example would join Rep. Barney Frank's district, and this news has caused quite a .
As the Boston Globe reported Monday, the new Ninth District has created a bit of a snag with two current representatives — South Boston-based U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch and U.S. Rep. William Keating, of Quincy — as the two Democrats could face off against each other for control of a district.
What do you think about the proposed changes? Would you take issue with being represented by Tsongas?