Pelosi Statement on the Supreme Court’s Decisions in Gerrymandering Cases

June 27, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement after the Supreme Court handed down an opinion in Rucho v. Common Cause and Lamone v. Benisek, which deals with the constitutionality of and judicial role in partisan gerrymandering:

“The Supreme Court’s ruling strikes at the very heart of our American democracy.  As Justice Kagan wrote in her dissent, the Court’s role in our system of government ‘is to defend its foundations.  None is more important than free and fair elections.’

“This ruling greenlights the unjust and deeply dangerous practice of gerrymandering, which robs Americans of their right to have an equal voice in their government.  Traditionally underserved communities, especially communities of color, risk losing the representation and resources they rightfully deserve.

“The Congress must act.  This year, the Democratic Majority passed H.R. 1, the For The People Act, which works to end to partisan gerrymandering by requiring all states to establish independent, nonpartisan redistricting commissions to draw open and transparent statewide district maps after each Census.  We will continue to fight partisan gerrymandering, ensure every citizen’s vote counts and oppose any attempt to compromise the integrity of our democracy.”