Biggest local stories of 2022: Lewis and Clark County votes in eastern congressional district

Phil Drake Editor’s note

This story is part of a 10-part series on the biggest local stories of 2022.

After the 2020 census gave Montana a second congressional district for the first time in nearly three decades, Lewis and Clark County voters cast their ballots in the newly formed eastern district for the first time this year. 

Lewis and Clark County, which is closer to Missoula than Billings, is among the 41 of Montana’s 56 counties included in the eastern district. 

Montana had two congressional seats from 1913-1993. The second seat was eliminated in 1993 due to census numbers, but the state regained it after the release of 2020 census results. It was one of seven new U.S. House districts created due to apportionment after the 2020 census.

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Montana has used a commission to draw congressional and state legislative districts since 1973. The five-member panel was assigned the task under the Montana Constitution to draft the new district.

The Districting and Apportionment Commission meets every 10 years and is made up of two Democrats, two Republicans and

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