Rep. Ami Bera will switch districts, seek reelection to Congress in CA 6

Following last night's adoption of proposed final maps by the California Citizen's Redistricting Commission and the announcement of his Democratic colleague Rep. Doris Matsui, Rep. Ami Bera announced this afternoon he will switch districts as he seeks a sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bera, who currently represents the CA 7, which includes Elk Grove, will seek reelection in CA 6, the position now held by Matsui. Earlier today, Matsui announced she would seek reelection in the 7th district.

“My family and I are excited to announce that I am running for re-election to represent California’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Bera said in his announcement. “Since entering Congress, I have been laser-focused on improving the lives of my constituents here in Sacramento County, including through my efforts to build a stronger middle class, expand quality and affordable health care, and reduce everyday costs for American families. 

While both districts will remain self-contained in Sacramento County, with the Yolo County city of West Sacramento included in the 7th district, the configuration will be substantially different. 

Matsui, who has represented the 6th district and the 5th district before that dating to her 2005 special election victory, has typically won her reelections with 70-percent majorities in a Democratic-heavy district. The new boundaries of the 6th district now incorporate the eastern Sacramento County more moderate and conversate communities that are currently in the 7th district.

The new 7th district will include all of West Sacramento, Downtown Sacramento, Midtown Sacramento, Land Park, Greenhaven, Pocket, Meadowview, all of south Sacramento, Florin, Elk Grove, Rancho Mruieta, Galt, Wilton, and unincorporated south Sacramento County, including the Delta region. 

Bera and Matsui have no announced opponents, but with both districts composed of more moderate and independent voters, viable Republican challengers are expected. 

Bera, who resides in Elk Grove has not announced if he will move, although Members of Congress in California are not required to maintain an in-district residency to hold office. 

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