Congressman Webster in Tallahassee to save district
Dan Webster is not sitting idling by as the Florida Legislature ends his Congressional career.
The 3-term member of Congress from Orlando is in Tallahassee today as the Florida Legislature digs into a special session on redistricting. Webster, R-Orlando, is expected to testify during a public comment period about the proposed configuration of his 10th Congressional District.
In a base map that serves as a starting point for the Legislature’s redistricting this week, Webster’s district would undergo a major alteration, especially in Orange County. The former Florida House speaker would pick up a large portion of heavily Democratic sections of Orlando that were previously in a gerrymandered Jacksonville-based district. Webster’s district would pick up 150,000 registered voters previously represented by Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville. Of those, 92,000 are registered Democrats. Just 26,000 are registered Republicans.
The result is that Webster’s current district, which voted 53 percent for Republican Mitt Romney in 2012, who morph into a district that voted almost 61 percent for President Barack Obama. Webster would have to win over a lot of Democrats in Orlando to maintain the present district.
Webster is no stranger to Tallahassee. He was a member for the Florida House from 1980 to 1998. He later served in the Florida Senate from 1998 to 2008. He was elected to Congress in 2010.