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.
The story you're reading is premium content from the Austin American-Statesman. Subscribers get total access to all our in-depth news, digital editions and exclusive premium content. You can now also buy a 24-hour digital pass or 7-day digital pass.
For Subscribers: Sign in here if you have already registered your account.Sign In
For Subscribers: Register your account for digital access.Access Digital
Read MyStatesman.com now — 24-hour digital pass99¢ for 24-hours
Read MyStatesman.com all week — 7-day digital pass$3.99 for 7-days
Subscribe to the Statesman for as little as 33¢ per dayView Offers