The United States Census Bureau announced the results of the 2010 census population numbers and announced that Utah will receive a fourth seat in the United States House of Representatives.
Senator Orrin Hatch stated, “This is a terrific day for the people of our great state. Utah is one of the most vibrant and fastest growing states in America and will now have more appropriate representation in Congress. I have worked since the last census to find a way of giving Utahns the representation they deserve, and I am confident that the Utah legislature will draw a fair congressional map.”
Representative Rob Bishop commented, “I am pleased that Utahns will have greater representation in Congress. This is something that should have occurred ten years ago and I still believe that the process should be improved to include a more accurate count.
Anytime you can give a greater voice to the people of Utah and an additional seat at the table in Washington, it’s a good thing. Having worked on redistricting while I was in the State Legislature, I know first-hand some of the challenges that lie ahead.”
In 2000, Utah missed getting a fourth seat by only 857 residents. The state lobbied to have consideration given for the number of Utah residents that volunteer time outside the state on missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but was unsucessful in its bid to win the fourth seat.