Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R – Richvale) sent a letter to his constituents in Plumas, Sierra, Nevada, and Placer Counties today, Jan 3. Due to the 10-year census review and reapportionment of congressional district lines, these counties were redrawn out of California’s First Congressional District. Starting today, California’s new First Congressional District includes Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba Counties.
Following is his letter:
“Today, the 117th Congress two-year session comes to a close. With the new term I’m to be sworn into today also comes a new district and new constituency that my team and I will represent. Due to the 10-year census review, and with it the newly drawn lines of the 1st Congressional District reapportionment by the State Commission, I will no longer officially represent a significant portion of northeast California. This includes the people of Plumas, Sierra, and the portions of Nevada and Placer counties that I’ve had the pleasure and honor to represent these last 10 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. The time really has moved quickly from our first visits and welcoming town halls to the current re-emergence from the abnormal lives we’ve endured the last 2 1/2 years.
“Indeed, there was just not enough time for me to get out in the district to the standard I would have liked. Though I did cover many, many miles, with many meetups and events, it was always in my mind to want to do it more. The work in Washington, D.C. and in our office spaces is my responsibility and my duty; being in our district with you all was my pleasure and it charged my batteries to always make that march up the Hill back east each week. Even the difficult times and differences in opinions that we had with some didn’t get me down much. Difficult times can magnify those feelings for us all, but we always bounce back. The people in Northern California have been so resilient in overcoming tragedy and loss and being right there to help others affected first hand. I don’t have to recount to you forest fires, flood, drastic water cuts, loss of electricity, and the high costs of everything that we’ve all endured together. In the new Congress, we have a great opportunity to return to basics of what the American people need and expect. That’s always been my focus. I’m saddened to lose the areas and people that new district lines have shifted away. We will not forget the times, the friendships, the accomplishments we’ve worked through together. Those will endure. The Dixie Fire work remains, water supply issues, electricity resiliency, a government that responds to the people, etc. Please know that spirit of working together remains and my door will remain open to you as arbitrary line shifts don’t end those relationships. It’s been a pleasure. We are just one county line away. Thank you and God Bless our country and Northern California.”