BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Massachusetts will lose one of its 10 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, setting the stage for a potentially contentious redistricting debate.

The announcement came Tuesday as the Census Bureau released state population totals that dictate how the nation reapportions all 435 House districts to the states.

The Massachusetts population grew 3.1 percent over the past decade to a total of 6,547,629 residents in the 2010 census.

Read: 2010 Census Data

A decade ago, Massachusetts narrowly hung onto all 10 of its House seats after losing a seat in 1990.

It’s now up to state lawmakers to draw new district lines.

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports.

The new congressional map must be completed in time for the 2012 elections.

None of Massachusetts’ 10 House members have indicated that their upcoming term would be their last, although two — Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch — have been mentioned as possible candidates against Republican Sen. Scott Brown in 2012.

Harvard political scientist David King isn’t overly optimistic about the redistricting process here in the Commonwealth.

“We have a long history of relatively corrupt and not transparent redistricting [in Massachusetts],” he told WBZ-TV. “Maybe that’ll change this time; it certainly hasn’t changed in the past… Underneath it is brutal, hand to hand, party combat.”

WBZ Radio’s Virtual Political Roundtable on redistricting

King thinks Rep. John Tierney is most at risk, given his wife’s recent federal tax problems.

“Also his district has changed demographically quite a bit,” adds King. “So it looks like his district is the one people are going to destroy.”

A century ago, Massachusetts had 16 seats in Congress.

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Comments (13)
  1. Buddy says:

    I am glad they seat will be lost. Less gas, food, flowers to friends, free parking all at the tax payers expense. Let he/she get a real job. I have to buy my own lunch, pay for my own gas to come to work each day and if I want to send flowers to a dear friend I have to pay out of my own pocket. Oh I forgot I have to pay to park each day as well.

    Good riddens is in order here!

    1. Queen of Bellrock says:

      It’s not as if the House of Representatives will lose members, Buddy — we’ll just be paying for the gas, food, flowers to friends and free parking for some guy in Arizona instead of a local.

  2. feefefefefe says:

    GOOD- this is actuallya great thing in my mind – less tax $ for BS personal expenditures and perks and a LESS foolish liberal minded moron in congress

  3. DMS says:

    How many familes are homeless in Massachusetts now as a result of losing their jobs, forclosures, etc. Those homeless families maybe were not able to fill out the cencus because they did not have an address to recieve the cencus.

  4. lisa says:

    Good, get rid of any of the liberal dems. They cost us, the taxpayer to much money!

  5. cynic says:

    Do everyone a favor…Eliminate Barneys Seat.

  6. Charlie says:

    The reason why Massachusetts has been losing seats is bc all our kids move away, all my friends ask me has anything changed or r they still just building cvs’s and car dealerships, it’s a joke, again all our youth moves away bc all the towns r too sleepy and Boston is to expensive, think about it, there r so many kids between 18-25 that leave for a better life, nothing ever gets done here and we r afraid of change, people vote yes for something but when it’s time to build all of a sudden the person that voted yes says wo wo wo not in my town, if we keep letting that person that will never change and
    doesn’t want more traffic for any job and maybe
    have somewhat of a thriving area or our state will
    lose another seat in 2020!!

  7. Charlie says:

    Me and my wife work full time can’t afford to live and Boston so we live in suburbs, we get outa work at 1030 at night and would like to go out for a drink and appetizers, and we can’t bc everything shuts down, trust me, me and my wife talk about it once a wk about moving, been in new England all my life, it’s sad

  8. Ellen says:

    Massachusetts is to expensive, and has lost a lot of jobs through out sourcing. Plus the fact that illegal immigration has become to expensive in itself. Paying for kids to learn English, health insurance, welfare the whole nine yards, but try telling that to any Ma. Politician.

  9. response says:

    cynic – i second your motion…..

  10. ek1480 says:

    I PREY it is BARNEYS” seat

  11. Jan says:

    Maybe they should all have to draw straws – short end out :>)) Seems like poetic justice to me.

  12. SEM says:

    Gee what a surprise. If I could afford to, I would leave this rotten state too. No jobs, no money, lots of corruption.

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