U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Savannah) may have to be on the move again after a proposed Congressional redistricting map was released Monday.
The Georgia General Assembly is expected to vote on the maps later this week.
Barrow’s 12th District, which currently includes parts of Savannah and Chatham County and all of Effingham County, is being drawn up to exclude all of Chatham County and to cover only about half of Effingham County. The southern half of Effingham is drawn to be covered by the 1st District, currently represented by Jack Kingston (R-Savannah).
“This isn’t the first time the folks in Atlanta have put politics above the interests of the people I represent,” Barrow said, “and I doubt it will be the last. But I’ve always believed that working hard for the people trumps politics every time.”
Barrow was living in Athens when he was first elected to Congress. He moved to Savannah after redistricting in 2006 to continue to represent the re-drawn 12th District.
“Our country is facing a number of critical challenges, from cutting spending and getting our fiscal house in order to helping small business succeed and creating new jobs in our district,” Barrow said. “As Washington prepares to return from the district work period, these challenges will be at the front of my mind, and I plan to continue approaching my public service in the same way I’ve always done: by listening to the concerns of my constituents, working to come up with smart solutions to their challenges, and putting their interests ahead of party or politics.
“I look forward to getting to know the new constituents drawn in to Georgia’s 12th District, and building on the friendships I’ve formed with folks who still call the 12th District home.”