Redistricting of the U.S. House of Representatives will cause a major change in Federal representation for the North End / Waterfront area. As part of the new 8th Congressional District, the North End will join Beacon Hill/Downtown in an area similar to the old 9th District, and be represented by U.S. Rep. Steve Lynch (D-South Boston). U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano (D) currently represents the North End.
Under the new district map, Capuano will lose the North End and represent the new “minority-majority” 7th District that includes a center swath of Boston (including Charlestown and East Boston) along with Chelsea, Somerville and some of Cambridge.
Lynch’s new 8th Congressional District, including the North End, will have 727,514 residents of which 26% are minorities and a demographic breakdown of 80% white, 8% black, 6% Asian and 5% Hispanic. In contrast, the new 7th District to be represented by Capuano will be 56% minorities and a breakdown of 51% white, 21% black, 8% Asian and 20% Hispanic.
The proposed district map goes into effect for the 2012 election season. More maps and information on the redistricting can be viewed here.