FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2022
Contact: Harrison Hickman (202) 256-1598
Trone reiterates support for ending partisan gerrymandering,
doesn’t disagree with idea that Sixth CD is now a “swing district,”
and says he “will do everything in my power to retain the seat.”
GAITHERSBURG, MD. — Congressman David Trone issued the following statement concerning the Congressional map introduced this week in the Maryland General Assembly:
“Voters should choose their legislative representatives, not the other way around. The map introduced this week is a result of a state judge working to move Maryland closer to what should be done in every state – ending partisan gerrymandering. I continue to support a NATIONAL solution to end gerrymandering and am disappointed that Congressional Republicans have blocked numerous reasonable efforts to accomplish this.
“I’m not a lawyer, but my initial review suggests that this map successfully addresses the problems Judge Battaglia’s 94-page opinion identified with the previous map. In addition, this proposal improves on her order by meeting other well-established standards for creating valid district lines. The Maryland legislative leadership is to be congratulated for moving so quickly. Given the courts’ deference to legislative action in redistricting, I am hopeful the process will end soon so we can focus full attention on the challenges faced by the people we were elected to represent.
“Some have said that the new design of the Sixth District endangers my chance of being re-elected and makes this a swing district. I don’t disagree. But my concern with the new district map has nothing to do with how it affects me but rather how it affects one particular group of voters. If anything, what should have been done would be to make the Montgomery County portion of the new map more consistent with how courts have said valid districts should be drawn.
“That is, the map-drawers should have kept the residents of the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Montgomery County that border the Potomac River together with similar communities in the rest of the Sixth District. These areas have constituted a community of interest since the earliest days of Maryland, an association that only increased when the C & O Canal was built beside the Potomac in the early 19th Century and, later, by the original path of the B&O Railroad.
“In recognition that these river-canal areas of Montgomery County were politically, economically, and culturally connected, this part of Montgomery County was joined with Frederick County and the counties of western Maryland in every Congressional district from 1872 until 1966 when judges, not the legislature, removed it. The areas were reunited in the districts drawn after the 1970, 1980, and 2010 censuses. As someone who grew up on a farm, I am especially sensitive to the fact that these communities from rural Potomac to Cumberland face common problems and need to be able to speak with one unified, representative voice to the federal government. It’s a shame this obvious community of interest was divided by the legislature.
“As for me, I remain completely committed to public service and will do everything in my power to retain the seat. The outcome will depend in large part on the extent to which our supporters rally to our cause. If elected to another term, I will build on our accomplishments fighting the opioid crisis, making it easier for people to obtain treatment for mental health challenges, increasing funding for medical research, and reforming our criminal justice system. I also look forward to continuing the work we have done on the Appropriations Committee to ensure that federal resources are available for the many worthy projects that help the people and communities of Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District.
“In business and in public service, my approach has always been the same: work smarter and harder than the competition, communicate completely, and fully fund a winning strategy. That’s what we will do during this election.”
A Maryland native, Congressman David Trone was first elected in November 2018 to represent Maryland’s 6th District in the House of Representatives. The district includes all or parts of Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, Montgomery, and Washington Counties. Trone serves on the Appropriations, Veterans’ Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees. He was co-chair of the U.S. Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking. Before his election to Congress, Trone had a successful career in business, most notably as founder and CEO of Total Wine & More which is headquartered in Bethesda and has 229 retail stores in 27 states nationwide. David and June Trone are parents of four adult children.