U.S. Representatives Martha Roby, and Terri Sewell made a rare joint appearance Monday evening in Montgomery. It may become more common, as Rep. Sewell's district will take in more of Montgomery County once a redistricting map gets federal approval.
Sewell was the keynote speaker at a fundraising dinner for the Southern Youth Leadership Development Institute, of which she is a board member. Roby also spoke to the young people that were gathered.
While both women represent Alabama, they said they rarely cross paths in the state, but that could change when the new congressional district lines take effect. If the map is approved by the federal government, three members of Congress would represent large portions of Montgomery County.
Sewell's 7th district would cover the western portions of the county. Roby's 2nd district would encompass the central and southern portions of the county, and U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers' 3rd district would encompass the eastern portions.
"I think we would look at three congressman in the city of Montgomery as a benefit," Roby said. "Three strong voices as advocates for the city of Montgomery and the state of Alabama."
"I look forward to the opportunity to represent Montgomery, as well as the rest of the state," Sewell said. "It's a privilege and truly an honor to represent such a great state."
Both women say although they disagree about the President's agenda for jobs and deficit reduction, they hope the debate can remain cordial.
"I look forward to working with my colleagues, both within my own party and across the aisle, in doing what's right for America. And what's right is putting Americans back to work, and moving this nation forward," Sewell said.
"Certainly, there's some fundamental gaps in our philosophies in the way government works, but we have to look at where we can meet," Roby said.
The state Attorney General's office has decided to bypass the Department of Justice, instead asking a three judge panel rule on the new districts. That must happen before the lines can take effect.
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