Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has received a Certificate of Entitlement from the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, formally certifying that Utah will gain an additional representative in Congress beginning with the next (113th) Congress.
“We have known for some time Utah would receive a fourth Congressional seat following the 2010 census and reapportionment process, and this Certificate of Entitlement makes it official,” said Governor Herbert. “We have seen tremendous population growth in our state over the past decade. This additional seat will ensure Utahns have commensurate representation in Washington.”
Article IX, Section 1 of the Utah Constitution provides that the State Legislature is responsible for dividing the state into congressional and legislative districts. It is expected that the President of the Utah State Senate, Michael Waddoups, and the Speaker of the Utah State House of Representatives, Becky Lockhart, will convene a special redistricting committee following the close of the 2011 legislative session. The committee is expected to make redistricting recommendations based on data from the 2010 census and, after seeking input from the public, then request the Governor call a special session of the Legislature to approve the committee’s final recommendations.
Utahns will elect their fourth U.S. representative in federal elections to be held November 2012. The winner will then be sworn at the commencement of the 113th Congress in January 2013.
The addition of a fourth U.S. representative also means Utah will receive an additional elector in the Electoral College, bring the total number to six.