Georgia lawmakers are shaking up congressional districts in parts of north DeKalb and Fulton counties.
A newly approved map of Georgia congressional districts, which reflects changes in population recorded in the 2010 Census, added a 14th seat in northern Georgia and shifted metro Atlanta districts.
The district held by Rep. Tom Price, who represented much of northern DeKalb, will add the predominately Republican areas of Sandy Springs and Brookhaven. Brookhaven previously was split between two districts, with a portion represented by Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat.
State Rep. Mike Jacobs, a Republican who represents Brookhaven, said the change makes sense for the community.
“This is a good opportunity to make the entire Brookhaven community whole within one congressional district,” Jacobs said. “I think you are likely to see Tom Price take more of an interest in Brookhaven, like he has in Dunwoody. I think the new map will result in more active representation for the community at the congressional level.”
The new map will divide Buckhead into two districts: one represented by Rep. Phil Gingrey, a Republican from Marietta, and the other by Rep. John Lewis, an Atlanta Democrat.
Jim King, president of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods, said he is pleased with the way the Congressional districts were drawn.
“There are certain advantages and disadvantages to having multiple representatives and I think in this case, it’s very good,” King said. “In Washington, to have a representative on each side of the aisle is very beneficial.”
Gingrey’s district, which is mostly in Cobb County, will now extend to pick up portions of Buckhead and Sandy Springs.
Sandy Springs will now be represented by Gingrey and Price.
“I’m a little disappointed Sandy Springs ended up getting split,” said Sen. Fran Millar, who represents north DeKalb and a portion of Sandy Springs. “I think there are some advantages to it. But I personally like to see communities kept whole.”
Millar said one of his goals going into the redistricting session was to see Price’s district move south to include more of DeKalb County.
“I was pleased. Originally, Congressman Price went down to about Marist [School]. We were able to bring him down to Lakeside,” Millar said. “Unfortunately we ran out of people to liberate the people of north DeKalb from Congressman Hank Johnson’s district. … I’m pleased, but I’m disappointed we couldn’t have gone further.”