Posted on January 25, 2024

After a Court Fight, Louisiana’s New Congressional Map Boosts Black Political Power

Molly Ryan, NPR, January 23, 2024

Louisiana has a new congressional map, with a second majority-Black district, after Republican Gov. Jeff Landry signed it into law on Monday.

The new map is a win for Black voters and likely brings an end to the state’s long-running legal battle over redistricting. It could also see Democrats gain another seat in Congress.

Redistricting the map was the focus of a week-long special session called by Landry on his first day in office. A federal court had given Louisiana’s legislature until Jan. 30 to redraw its map in compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act, forcing lawmakers to add a second majority-Black district.

Louisiana’s earlier map was one of several across the country that had been challenged in court for allegedly diluting Black voting power, leading to a political battle over the districts that has lasted for almost two years.


In 2022, Louisiana lawmakers passed a map with one majority-Black district out of six, even though Black residents make up about a third of the state’s population.

A group of Black voters, concerned the map did not offer Black Louisianans fair representation, challenged the map in court.


Under the new map, Louisiana’s 2nd District, which encompasses much of New Orleans and surrounding areas, will have a Black population of about 53%. Democratic U.S. Rep. Troy Carter represents that district, which has been Louisiana’s only majority-Black district for several years.

Louisiana’s 6th District now stretches from parts of Shreveport to Baton Rouge and will have a Black population of about 56%. {snip}