If state lawmakers have their way, Congressional representation at the Lake of the Ozarks will change with the adoption of new Missouri districts.


On Thursday, the Missouri House and Senate sent a map to Gov. Jay Nixon that would reconfigure Missouri’s districts as required by law. Because of the latest U.S. Census data, Missouri loses a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, dropping from nine representatives to eight.


If state lawmakers have their way, Congressional representation at the Lake of the Ozarks will change with the adoption of new Missouri districts.

On Thursday, the Missouri House and Senate sent a map to Gov. Jay Nixon that would reconfigure Missouri’s districts as required by law. Because of the latest U.S. Census data, Missouri loses a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, dropping from nine representatives to eight. The current boundary between the 4th and 9th Congressional districts passes through the lake area in Osage Beach and runs along Highway 54 to Camdenton. Miller County, home of U.S. Rep Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-MO-9, is in the 9th district whereas Morgan County and most of Camden County are in the 4th district.

With the maps that the legislature passed, Luetkemeyer’s district would become the 3rd district, and would include more of Camden County. The Lake of the Ozarks would become part of the Congressional boundary. Luetkemeyer would also lose several northeastern Missouri counties from his area of representation. He would gain all of Osage Beach, Linn Creek, Camdenton, the Village of Four Seasons and Sunrise Beach.

The vote Wednesday in the Missouri House of Representatives puts the bill on Gov. Nixon’s desk with enough time left in the legislative session that the House and Senate could vote again if Nixon opts to veto the map. The map would need 109 votes to override a veto in the House. It got 96 votes on Wednesday.

House Democrats are urging Nixon to veto the map. Rep. Joe Aull, D-Marshall, filed a formal letter of objection contending that the map is unconstitutional because of the odd shape of the proposed 5th district. The Missouri Constitution requires districts to be “compact.”