Pennsylvania population lag costs state a US House seat

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The official word on Monday that Pennsylvania’s population growth continues to lag behind the nation’s marks the 10th consecutive decade the Keystone State has lost clout in Congress.

The state has become one of the most important presidential battlegrounds but will have one fewer electoral vote to offer candidates in the next election -- from 20 to 19. It also will have one less representative in the U.S. House.

The U.S. Census confirmed Pennsylvania’s loss of a seat. The lagging population growth relative to other states also could mean the state will see a reduced share of federal money for Medicaid, social programs and infrastructure.

7 States will lose seats in the U.S. House of Representatives

  • California (-1)
  • Illinois (-1)
  • Michigan (-1)
  • New York (-1)
  • Ohio (-1)
  • Pennsylvania (-1)
  • West Virginia (-1)

6 States will gain seats in the U.S. House of Representatives

  • Texas (+2)
  • Colorado (+1)
  • Florida (+1)
  • Montana (+1)
  • North Carolina (+1)
  • Oregon (+1)