Reapportionment of Readshaw's district is ‘bittersweet' to State Representative
State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, said the reapportionment proposal for the 36th Legislative District is a mix of both good news and bad.
The final proposal on which the state Supreme Court will rule in mid-January would take away the portions of Pittsburgh wards 16, 17 and 30 currently in the district and removes all of Ward 31. It shifts out Baldwin Borough District 01 but brings in District 18.
All of Whitehall Borough will be in the new 36th District and the boroughs of Brentwood and Mount Oliver will remain. The new district also will include Baldwin Township. However, West Homestead Borough will no longer be in the district.
"Obviously, the inevitable effects of reapportionment come with the office," said Mr. Readshaw, "But over time you establish friendships and positive working relationships with the officials in places you represent. To find that suddenly you no longer represent all or part of that municipality is a disappointment."
Mr. Readshaw said the best news is the 36th Legislative District will continue to exist and not be incorporated into another district or the seat moved to a locale in the state that has gained population.
The reapportionment is the result of the 2010 U.S. Census. Congressional and legislative districts must be redrawn to reflect shifts in population.
Tentative makeup of the new 36th Legislative District is: City of Pittsburgh (part, Wards 18 [part, Division 01], 19 [part, Divisions 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 31, 33, 36 and 37], 29 and 32) and the Township of Baldwin and the boroughs of Baldwin (part, Districts 02, 03, 04, 09, 12, 13, 15, 16 and 18), Brentwood, Mount Oliver and Whitehall.