Pennsylvania’s Freedom of Expression Clause and Partisan Gerrymandering
Volume 91, No. 2, Spring 2019
By Nick Kato [PDF]

In 2012 Pennsylvania House Republicans won 72% of the House seats despite winning only 49% of the statewide popular vote. And in both the 2014 and 2016 congressional races, Republicans continued to win the same number of seats with approximately 54% of the statewide vote. The outcome was not just disproportionate congressional representation. One recent study found that the extreme partisan gerrymandering in Pennsylvania has eroded Pennsylvania voters’ trust in their elected representatives and allowed Pennsylvania’s representatives to be less responsive to Pennsylvania Democrats’ policy preferences.

Nick Kato is a J.D. Candidate, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2019.