American Leaders Talk About Gerrymandering
Political leaders across the aisle speak out about gerrymandering.
Gerrymandering has been used as a key tool in partisan battles for power. But American leaders from across the political spectrum also have long recognized how manipulation of the redistricting process for partisan gain undermines American democracy.
“That's all we're asking for: an end to the antidemocratic and un-American practice of gerrymandering congressional districts . . . . In California, one of the worst cases of gerrymandering in the country, Republicans received a majority of votes in congressional races, but the Democrats won 60 percent more races. The fact is gerrymandering has become a national scandal.” – President Ronald Reagan (R) [Source]
“We've got to end the practice of drawing our congressional districts so that politicians can pick their voters, and not the other way around. Let a bipartisan group do it.” – President Barack Obama (D) [Source]
“We’ve been drawing lines for political reasons all the way back to 1812. But I think it’s wrong. I think it leads to bad government.” - House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) [Source]
“To me the biggest problem we have is in a gerrymandered environment . . . . We need to eliminate gerrymandering. We’ve got to figure out a way to do it.” – Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) [Source]
“Gerrymandering is a form of political subterfuge that stifles real political debate and deprives citizens of meaningful choices.” – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) [Source]
“I believe that gerrymandering is the fractured foundation on which our legislative branch of government is built. It’s a survival skill that both parties have mastered because they know that the party that controls the line-drawing process can all but guarantee the outcome of general elections.” – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) [Source]
“We're at a place now in this country where voters are not picking their representatives anymore. Representatives, through the gerrymandering process and redistricting, are picking their voters.” – Reid Ribble (R-WI) [Source]
“American deserve better. Congressional representation should not be a political blood sport that protects incumbents, disenfranchises legitimate interests, and allows people to achieve with surgical reappointment what they couldn’t do honestly at the ballot box.” – Congressman Earl Bluenauer (D-OR) [Source]