Post by IAM
Federalist papers say 1 Congress for every 35,000 Americans, period. does not care
about boarders or laws of states.
One Congressperson per 35K people in today's USA would be a Congress of nearly
ten thousand people.
Right now, we’ve got one Representative for every 709,760 people.
The Reapportionment Act of 1929 continued to establish a 435-member House of Representatives
where it has since stayed, excepting a slight increase to 437 members with the admission of Alaska
and Hawaii into the United States. It allowed states to lose seats at each apportionment based on
their relative population growth to other states, rather than increasing the size of the House. In order
to avoid future failures of reapportionment as in 1921, the Act established apportionment according
to the method of equal proportions. It eliminated debates about the proper divisor for district size;
any divisor that gives 435 members has the same apportionment.
The permanent House size has generated some controversy because, combined with continued
population growth, it leads to larger Congressional districts for each Representative. Opponents of
a constant House size claim that the framers of the Constitution intended each district size to remain
between 30,000 and roughly 60,000 constituents, and that larger district sizes take away representation
from the people.
According to the 2010 census, the average district size is more than 700,000 constituents per
representative. However, it would require a House size of over 5,000 members in order to keep
the average district size below 60,000 constituents.
The Reapportionment Act of 1929 also did away with any mention of districts at all. This provided a
solution to the problem of threatened incumbents by allowing the political parties in control of the state
legislatures to draw districting lines at will and to elect some or all representatives at large.