“The Jolt: Georgia members of Congress defend living outside of their districts”


Of Georgia’s 14 U.S. House members, four of them do not live in the districts they represent.

There is Rep. Rich McCormick,R-Suwanee,the newly elected lawmaker whose house is just outside of the boundary lines of the 6th Congressional District.

The latest round of redistricting led to the Jackson County home of Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Athens, being drawn out of his district in northeast Georgia.

Neither of them has plans to move.

Democratic Rep. David Scott for years has avoided discussing the fact that he lives in Atlanta city limits while representing voters in the south metro suburbs.

Finally, we have Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath. She told voters that she would move from Marietta to an address in her new Gwinnett-based district if she won, but she hasn’t yet.

None of this is illegal or against the rules. The Constitution lays out qualifications for candidates to the U.S. House, and it only requires them to live in the states they want to represent. Barring a constitutional amendment, that won’t change.

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