As districts diversify, so too does congressional outreach
Still, the results show strong growth in Asian and Hispanic populations nationwide – the Hispanic population has grown by almost 25%, while the Asian population has grown by almost a third.
Asians were the fastest growing racial or ethnic group in California, increasing 25% between 2010 and 2020. If the trend continues, more districts will look like Porter’s, with voters speaking new languages and having need a different mix of federal programs.
Access to languages is only part of the puzzle, as diverse communities tend to be younger and more likely to be immigrants and rent their homes rather than own them. Porter has seen such changes within his own growing constituency, resulting in a shift in programs to highlight, such as those that provide emergency tenant assistance.
Relationships and awareness
In Georgia, former Republican Rep. Rob Woodall’s 7th District in suburban Atlanta became the state’s largest by 2020, with more than 850,000 people. Only one other seat, the 11th district of Republican Barry Loudermilk, due west and almost twice as large geographically, had more than 800,000 inhabitants.
The old Woodall neighborhood is also one of the most diverse in the state, with less than 40% non-Hispanic white residents. The Hispanic population is the largest minority group, at 20%, but the district also has the largest Asian population in the state at 16.9%.