Texas gained two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, giving it 38, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which released state population totals and the results of congressional apportionment today (Monday). This means the winner of Texas in the 2024 and 2028 presidential elections will receive 40 electoral votes.
The state’s population was determined to be 29,183,290 as of April 1, 2020, including a little less than 38K located overseas. That’s an increase of 15.5% – almost 4M people – since the 2010 Census. But that huge growth yielded only two seats, not the three many expected. The 2020 Census counts were about 1% below the most recent population estimates for Texas, indicating either a slight slowing of population growth at the end of the decade or a larger than expected number of uncounted households or individuals. Texas has gained at least one seat in every decennial reapportionment back to the end of the Civil War and has gained at least two seats every decade since 1990.
Only seven seats shifted among the states, the fewest in a century. Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon each gained one seat. California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia each lost one seat.
Minnesota’s 8th district was the last of the 435 apportioned seats. Texas’s potential 39th seat was the third runner-up.
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