Appendix F
Redistricting Commissions:  Congressional Plans


Number of Members

Selection Requirements

Formation Date

Initial Deadline

Final Deadline


Ariz. Const. art. 4, pt. 2, § 1


The commission on appellate court appointees creates a pool of 25 nominees, ten from each of the two largest parties and five not from either of the two largest parties. The highest ranking officer of the house appoints one from the pool, then the minority leader of the house appoints one, then the highest ranking officer of the senate appoints one, then the minority leader of the senate appoints one. These four appoint a fifth from the pool, not a member of any party already represented on the commission, as chair. If the four deadlock, the commission on appellate court appointments appoints the chair.

By February 28, 2011




Haw. Const. art. IV


President of the Senate selects two. Speaker of the House selects two. Minority Senate party selects two. These eight select the ninth member, who is the chair. No commission member may run for the Legislature in the two elections following redistricting.

By March 1, 2011

80 days after the commission forms 

150 days after commission formation


Idaho Const. art. III, § 2


Leaders of two largest political parties in each house of the Legislature each designate one member; chairs of the two parties whose candidates for governor received the most votes in the last election each designate one member. No member may be an elected or appointed official in the state at the time of designation.

Within 15 days after the secretary of state orders creation of a commission


90 days after the commission is organized, or after census data is receive, whichever is later


Ind. Code tit.3 art. 3, § 2


Speaker of the House, president of the Senate, chairs of redistricting committees in each house; governor appoints fifth legislator.

Adjournment of legislative session that fails to adopt required plan


30 days after adjournment of regular session


Mont. Const. art. V, § 14


Majority and minority leaders of both houses of the Legislature each select one member. Those four select a fifth, who is the chair. Members cannot be public officials. Members cannot run for public office in the two years after the completion of redistricting.

The legislative session before the census data is available

The commission must give the plan to the Legislature at the first regular session after its appointment

30 days after the plan is returned by the Legislature

New Jersey

N.J. Const. art. II, § 2


President of the Senate, speaker of the General Assembly, Senate minority leader, House minority leader, and chairs of the two largest political parties each appoint two members. Seven of these members may vote to appoint the 13th, independent member, to serve as chair. Otherwise, the state Supreme Court selects the independent chair, choosing between the two candidates who received the most votes on the commission’s last ballot.

August 1, 2011

January 15, 2012

January 15, 2012


Wash. Const. art. II, § 43


Majority and minority leaders of the House and Senate each select one. These four select a nonvoting fifth to chair the commission. If they fail to do so by January 1, 2011, the state Supreme Court will select the fifth by February 5, 2011. No commission member may be a public official.

January 31, 2011


January 1, 2012

Source: NCSL, 2007.

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