If population trends continue, Rhode Island could lose one of its two seats in the House of Representatives after the 2020 census, according to the New York Times. The Census Bureau’s estimated population figures foresee the population of the state continuing to decrease which would lead to the loss of a Representative if the trend continues at this pace. Since 2004, Rhode Island has lost more than 24,000 residents. Rhode Island and Vermont are the only states to have lost population in the year ending July 2012. Vermont will not lose a seat in the House because it has only one seat currently, which is the required minimum. Rhode Island narrowly missed losing a seat after the 2010 census and is projected to be the first to loss a seat after 2020. New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois could also lose a seat after the 2020 census.
Having just lost a seat in Massachusetts, the New England region would certainly feel the impact of another lost seat in Rhode Island. As the New England delegation shrinks, it becomes all the more important for the members of the delegation to work collaboratively on behalf of the entire region. The NEC will continue to work with our members and the delegation to support regional collaboration on issues that impact the region’s economic well-being.