Ohio congresswoman rips gerrymandering
CINCINNATI — The longest-serving woman in U.S. House history blamed partisan gerrymandering on Wednesday for making “a mess” of Congress and harming the nation.
Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur, of Toledo, testified via video on the final day of testimony in a federal lawsuit brought by voter rights groups that challenges Ohio’s congressional map as unconstitutional.
A ruling is expected within weeks on the case, which could result in a change of the congressional map for 2020 elections. The decision is likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court.
The 19th-term congresswoman expressed outrage over Republican-controlled redrawing of her 9th district ahead of the 2012 elections.