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Senate Shake-Up: Chappelle-Nadal Says She'll Represent Clayton, Richmond Heights

Sen. John Lamping (R-St. Louis County) has been representing the cities.

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City), a graduate, confirmed Wednesday that she will be the new representative for and in the Missouri Senate.

She will continue to represent University City. Her district has just expanded to include Clayton and Richmond Heights.

Sen. John Lamping (R-St. Louis County) has been the representative for the cities since his election last year.

The shift is the result of redistricting that happens every 10 years in conjunction with the U.S. Census, a news release from Missouri's Appellate Apportionment Commission states. New maps for both the state Senate and House of Representatives have been submitted to the secretary of state by the commission.

"We have worked collaboratively to draw maps that comply with the constitution, the Voting Rights Act, and other legal requirements," Commission Chair Lisa White Hardwick stated in the release.

Chappelle-Nadal confirmed the redistricting via a private message on Twitter. She could not immediately be reached for additional comment.

In an interview with Creve Coeur Patch, Lamping said he is "very disappointed for the St. Louis region" that the number of state senators representing it will be reduced from eight to seven.

"What I don't know is if I live in the district," Lamping said.

More information about the redistricting changes is available on the St. Louis Beacon's website.

Rosa Sharon December 01, 2011 at 07:42 PM
Will she still rep U City?
Joe Scott December 01, 2011 at 08:29 PM
Yes, she will continue to represent University City. Her district just grew a bit. Good question, Rosa. I had the same question and was waiting on that information myself. I have added it to the article.
Nate Birt December 01, 2011 at 11:24 PM
Ditto what Joe said! Chappelle-Nadal tells me that she now represents roughly 35 municipalities, down from 42. Thanks for asking, Rosa!
Benjamin Israel December 02, 2011 at 08:06 PM
Note: Chappelle-Nadal's 14th district did not previously cover all of U.City. Lamping, and before him U.City-resident Joan Bray, represented the 24th district which included U. City south of Delmar and a couple of blocks north of Delmar, under the previous district map. Does the Patch have access to a detailed map of the new boundaries?

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