After each decennial Census, the Legislature redraws the districts from which Florida voters elect their state representatives, state senators, and members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Redistricting is the redrawing of congressional and state legislative districts to adjust for uneven growth rates in different parts of the state. Districts determine which voters participate in which elections. Reapportionment is the redistribution of seats in the United States House of Representatives among the 50 states, based on the decennial census. Each state gets at least one seat. Effective with 2012 election, Florida has 27 representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives. Two U.S. Senators represent the entire state.
Congressional and State Legislative Districts
In 2012, the Legislature passed new congressional, state house, and state senate plans based on the 2010 Census, federal and state legal standards, citizen testimony, public submissions, and open committee discussions. These plans apply to state house districts, and to state senate and congressional districts for representatives elected in the 2012 general and 2014 special and general elections.
Between 2012 and 2015, the enacted Congressional and Senate maps were repeatedly challenged in the courts. In December of 2015, the Supreme Court of Florida and the Second Judicial Circuit Court in Leon County ordered new congressional and state senate plans, respectively. These plans are available below, accompanied by the courts' orders.
State Senate Map
In the legal proceedings for the state senate districts, Judge Reynolds adopted a plan called CPS-4a. The Court furthered ordered the Legislature to randomly renumber the districts in this plan. Accordingly, the plan was renumbered on January 5, 2016, and is posted on this site as plan 2012-CA-2842.
In the legal proceedings for the congressional districts the Florida Supreme Court referred to ordered adoption of a plan called CP-1. It is posted on this site as plan SC14-1905.
Additional documents for Special Session 2015 B and 2015 C are posted to the Legislative Actions page. A full list of court filings is maintained by the Supreme Court of Florida and the Second Judicial Circuit Court in Leon County.