Speaker Mike Johnson says new Louisiana map threatens GOP House majority

U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson of Benton is urging the Louisiana Legislature and GOP Gov. Jeff Landry to ignore a court order to draw a second majority Black congressional district because he wants to protect Republicans’ razor thin majority in the House.

Johnson, Louisiana’s first U.S. House speaker, tweeted from his campaign account on X as the Legislature was set to begin debate Tuesday on a proposed map that would create a second majority Black that takes in Shreveport and Alexandria with Baton Rouge.

Johnson said the Legislature should not voluntarily create a second majority Black district that would likely result in a Democrat being elected. Louisiana currently has five Republican members of the House and one Democrat.

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