On Monday, the U.S. Census Bureau announced the census data collected for 2020, which resulted in Texas gaining two congressional seats. 

The distribution of 435 congressional seats based on apportionment population provided by the data collected has given Texas a new total of 38 congressional seats. The 2020 apportionment, however, saw the smallest amount of seats shifting since apportionment was adopted in 1941.

As a result of Texas gaining two congressional seats, the state will also gain 40 electoral votes for the 2024 and 2028 presidential elections. Since the last census poll in 2010, Texas has gained more than 2 million residents and is the only state to gain more than one congressional seat.

Karen Battle, chief of population division for the Census Bureau, stated that Texas was within a 1 percent margin of the 2020 census report and the 2020 estimate, but the counts were still below the population estimates.

Seven states lost a congressional seat, including New York and—for the first time—California.

The resident population of the country increased by 22,703,743—a 7.4 percent increase from 308,745,538—in 2010.

Numerically, Texas’ resident population has risen the most since 2010, up 3,999,944 to 29,145,505.

Iris Poole

Iris Poole is a 2021 Texas Scorecard Fellow from Round Rock. She is freedom-loving and had an early interest in liberty and politics.