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Florida picks up two house seats after Census is announced

After the 2010 Census was announced Tuesday, Florida became one of eight states to pick up additional Congressional seats. Florida's population rose nearly 3 million since 2000 making it the fourth largest state and very close to becoming the third largest. The rise in population was the reason for the additional seats. Florida now has 27 Congressional seats and 29 electoral votes. Texas gained the most seats with four, while six other states gained one additional seat. Eight states lost one seat, those include Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan and New Jersey.

The location of the new seats in Florida will not be known until the new Legislature meets in 2011. The expanded districts will give Florida more influence on Capitol Hill and also help more of the delegation land on influential committees.

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