A proposed Missouri House map released Monday shows a portion of Texas County – including Houston, Licking, Bucyrus, Roby, Raymondville, Yukon, Eunice and Summersville – would join the 149th District that includes Dent County and portions of Crawford County.
The county also would be split into two other House districts, under a committee’s plan dubbed “Skaggs-Davis 1 House Plan.”
Missouri House and Senate seats are the subject of redistricting following the release of census data.
Parts of the county would become part of the 149th District served by Jason Smith, Salem; the 148th District held by Tony Dugger of Hartville and the 150th whose representative, Darrell Pollock, Lebanon, can’t seek re-election due to term limits.
The 148th District would include Huggins, Cabool and Elk Creek and be included in a district that also includes Wright and parts of Webster counties, including Seymour. The proposed map shows Plato as part of the 150th District.
The county’s state representative is currently Don Wells, a Cabool Republican, who is subject to term limits and can’t run again. Dugger already serves a sliver of western Texas County.
Former Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell, of Mexico, Mo., is the chairman of the House Apportionment Commission, while former state Rep. Doug Harpool, D-Springfield, has been elected chairman of the Senate Apportionment Commission.
The House panel’s vice chair is Ann Wagner, the Republican activist and former ambassador who is studying a congressional race. The vice chair of the Senate panel is John Maupin.
By law, the final boundary lines must be approved by a bipartisan group on both commissions. Otherwise, the job goes to Missouri judges.
The 33rd District map includes Howell, Oregon, Texas, Laclede, Pulaski and Dent counties. Sen. Chuck Purgason, R-Caulfield, can’t seek re-election next year due to term limits.