Democratic leaders applaud court decision ruling ‘gerrymandered’ Senate map unconstitutional
NASHVILLE — A Tennessee court issued an opinion today ruling the Republican-drawn state Senate map unconstitutional. A voter in Davidson County challenged the 2022 law setting district lines after the legislature enacted a map that ignored the Tennessee Constitution’s provision on consecutive numbering.
In its ruling, the court ordered the legislature to enact a constitutional map by the end of January.
In a joint statement, Senate Minority Leader Sen. Raumesh Akbari and Chairwoman Sen. London Lamar affirmed the Democratic caucus’s commitment to legal and fair maps.
“Today’s court ruling against the gerrymandered state Senate map is a clear win for the Tennessee Constitution. Even when a political party has a supermajority in the legislature, its members must still follow the law.
“In the days ahead, Senate Democrats will once again be advocating for a fair map and transparent process that keeps communities whole and reflects who we are as a state.”