Redistricting Process: Legislative
Population Change (since 2000): 242,518
Governor: Mike Beebe (D)
Members of Congress: 3R, 1D
Party Control: Democratic
2008: 39% Obama, 59% McCain
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2010 Redistricting Changes:
New Map Summary and Analysis: At first glance, Arkansas seems to have emerged relatively unchanged from the 2010 Census. With only a 9.1% increase in population, slightly lower than the 9.7% increase of the United States, Arkansas gained no new seats and continues to have four congressional representatives. Yet it is not a static, unchanging state. Arkansas experienced a substantial demographic shift in the last decade. Between 2000 and 2010, the white population, the large majority in Arkansas, increased by only 5.0%. Arkansas’s second largest demographic, African Americans, grew from 418,950 to 452,448 people, a 7.4% increase. Because both grew at rates lower than the overall rate of population growth, Arkansas’s two largest demographic groups saw a small decreased in their share of the overall population. In 2000, Arkansas’s total population was composed of 80% White and 15.7% African American; the population is now 77.0% White and 15.4% African American. By comparison, Arkansas’s other ethnic groups have seen their numbers increase. Full Summary and Analysis
Redistricting Process: Arkansas congressional and state legislative redistricting is the responsibility of a Board of Apportionment consisting of the governor, secretary of state, and attorney general. The history of Arkansas’ Board of Apportionment is quite colorful. The disputed 1872 gubernatorial election in Arkansas led to a brief shooting war between the forces of Radical Republican carpetbagger Joseph Brooks and Republican scalawag (a term for southerners who supported reconstruction) Elisha Baxter. Baxter’s eventual victory placed him in a position to rewrite the Arkansas state constitution, including its clauses on redistricting. He took power over redistricting from the unfriendly state legislature and placed it in the hands of the governor, secretary of state, and attorney general, effectively granting himself the power to redistrict. The law has not been changed since 1874.
Governor: Democrat Mike Beebe
Legislature: Democrats control both chambers.
Number of Congressional Seats in 2011: 4 (no change from 2010)
2011 Ideal District Population: 728,979