Any suggestion that a committee of legislators has drawn up redistricting maps for congressional seats immediately draws denials, but perhaps “preliminary” mapping has been studied. Between Middle Tennessee state senators drawing congressional districts should they want to run, Senate leadership in the 1st District (Tri-Cities), and influential House leaders from Chattanooga, it has appeared that Congressman Jimmy Duncan might be the House member most affected when the counties are shuffled.
Under various scenarios to benefit redrawing the 1st, 3rd and 4th, Duncan’s 2nd District might lose his counties south of Knoxville and have new counties north of Knoxville added.
This past summer Duncan didn’t have the presence of Senate Pro Tem Jamie Woodson in leadership, since she resigned her seat to take a job with an education reform group.
But now Duncan’s sister, Becky Duncan Massey, has won the Republican nomination for Woodson’s seat. It will be hard for senators to sit there next session and vote to screw Duncan if his sister is one of their new colleagues.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this item noted that Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey had endorsed Marilyn Roddy for Woodson's seat. That was incorrect; Ramsey made no official endorsements in the 6th District state Senate race.