Lee County’s status is largely unchanged in new legislative maps passed Thursday by the North Carolina General Assembly.
The biggest change appears to be at the Congressional level, where Lee County again finds itself in a single district, the Seventh, which also includes parts of Harnett, Wake, Guilford and Davidson counties, and all of Chatham, Alamance and Randolph counties. Most recently, Lee County had been split between the Eighth and Thirteenth districts, represented by Richard Hudson and Ted Budd, respectively.
The current Seventh District is represented by Republican David Rouzer, who lives in New Hanover County (now in the Third Congressional District). In fact, it doesn’t appear that any member of North Carolina’s current congressional delegation lives in the newly drawn Seventh, so there’s a good chance the next member of Congress to represent Lee County will be new to the institution.
In the state House, Lee County continues to make up the bulk of District 51, currently represented by Republican John Sauls. The district is changed somewhat, however, with the portions of Harnett County that had been part of 51 swapped out for several Moore County precincts.
Lee County’s state Senate district, the 12th, appears almost completely unchanged. It includes Lee and Harnett counties, as well as a handful of precincts in Johnston County. It is represented by Republican Jim Burgin.