MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama will maintain seven congressional seats instead of losing a seat as state officials had feared.
U.S. Census Bureau numbers released Monday show that Alabama will maintain seven congressional seats.
The outcome is a relief to state officials who had feared Alabama’s population growth would not be enough to maintain its seats in the U.S. House.
A drop to six seats would have lowered Alabama’s influence in Washington and kicked off a difficult redistricting process.
Gov. Kay Ivey and other Alabama officials had made a push for state residents to participate in the census.