Howard Berman Faces Redistricting Upheaval

Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), a champion of Hollywood issues on Capitol Hill, will see his district dramatically altered — carved up may be more like it — under proposed maps unveiled today as part of California’s new method of redistricting.

The Los Angeles Times reports, “Berman could face a challenge from a well-known Latino if he runs in a more Latino east San Fernando Valley district carved from a chunk of the congressman’s current district, or a possible race against fellow Democrat Brad Sherman in a new district that includes Berman’s home and extends through the west San Fernando Valley.”

In a statement, Berman hinted that he’d choose the latter option.

“California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission still has months of work and numerous public meetings ahead of them.  Still, if the final districts look anything like the draft map released today, my home is squarely in the district it is calling ‘West San Fernando Valley – Calabasas.’  It’s premature to make an official campaign announcement until district lines are finalized, however, there is no question that I would want to continue representing this community.”

Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post has a good rundown of who wins and who loses in the maps as drawn.

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