If you live within a couple of miles of downtown Austin, you might be represented by a member of Congress who lives in Bryan or even San Antonio. And if you work for or attend the University of Texas, one member of Congress represents the main campus, another represents West Campus, and still another represents the Pickle Research Campus in North Austin.
Such are the political realities on the minds of Travis County residents and politicians as the Legislature works to adopt new congressional maps during the special session, which passed the halfway mark earlier this week. Their work has cracked open the always messy business of redrawing political boundaries and revived the question of whether Travis County is better off being represented by five congressmen, as it is now, or three, like in 2011.
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