November 24, 2021

Apportionment Act of 1929

Timothy Birdnow

Here is a tidbit from history most people do not know.

In 1929 Congress passed a law setting the number of representatives in the House at 435. Prior to that the number could and did change as the nation grew.

This was in no small part because of complaints by rural states that they were losing political clout as the more urbanized states added Congressional seats.

So the Apportionment Act of 1929 was passed, based on 1910 census figures.

This gives rural areas a larger piece of the pie. A lot of congressional pork is thrown into these rural areas.

I suspect it's why, despite farm folks being generally pretty conservative and self-reliant, they elect lukewarm Republicans or even Democrats; there is a lot of bacon to be had and the parties try very hard to buy the votes of these rural people.

Missouri's GOP is controlled almost completely by the rural areas. And so many of these Republicans are moderate RINO types. Certainly our current Governor is one such.

That's because the rural areas have more clout then their numbers warrant thanks to this law.

Hat tip; Jeff Howe

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at 08:48 AM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 I think you meant 435 representatives.

Posted by: Bill H at November 24, 2021 09:18 AM (/sW5m)

2 Argh! You are absolutely correct Bill; I didn't catch that typo. It sucks having such bad eyesight.

I'll fix it.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at November 25, 2021 01:06 AM (+udfQ)

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