Of the 11-member committee, five are from Salt Lake County, which likely will form the base of any new congressional district. Congress is considering creating a new district in Utah to balance a proposed voting seat in the House to the District of Columbia.
Utah House Republican Chief of Staff Chris Bleak defended the decision to broaden the committee's membership, including assigning two St. George residents, House Majority Leader Dave Clark and former Majority Whip Rep. Steve Urquhart.
"It balances out pretty well," said Bleak.
Besides Urquhart and Clark, Republicans on the committee include: Senate Majority Leader Curt Bramble, West Jordan Sen. Chris Buttars, Highland Rep. John Dougall, Corinne Rep. Ben Ferry, Draper Rep. Greg Hughes and Syracuse Sen. Sheldon Killpack. Democrats on the committee include Salt Lake City Rep. Jackie Biskupski, Salt Lake City Sen. Gene Davis and Salt Lake City Rep. David Litvack. Taylorsville Sen. Michael Waddoups, who co-chaired a 2001 redistricting committee, will be a nonvoting member.
The committee's first meeting is scheduled for Monday.
- Rebecca Walsh