It’s Time To Make the US House of Representatives More Representative

Source: RealClearPolitics
by Keith Raffel

“Way back in 1929, the number of House members was set at 435 by the Permanent Apportionment Act. Little did those voting to pass the law realize how permanent it was to be. In 1929, the population of the U.S. was about 122 million. Each member of the House represented about 280,000 constituents. Today, with a population of about 336 million, each member represents 773,000 — almost triple as many. The U.S. is an outlier when it comes to the size of districts for the lower house of its legislature. For example, Germany, with a population about a quarter the United States’, has 300 more members in its Bundestag than sit in the House of Representatives. The United Kingdom’s House of Commons has 215 more members than the House of Representatives with a population about a fifth of ours.” (05/09/24)