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Indiana House GOP Hires D.C. Republican Lawyer For Redistricting

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Indiana House Republicans are working with a national GOP redistricting attorney as they prepare to redraw the state’s legislative district lines.

Attorney Jason Torchinsky works with Republicans around the country to coordinate redistricting efforts. He and his law firm have been involved in multiple legal battles, defending GOP-drawn maps and opposing independent redistricting commissions.

Indiana House Republicans hired Torchinsky and his firm for “legal advice” on redistricting. That could include representation in court, if Republicans get sued over the new maps they draw this year.

The House GOP insists it “[has] not and will not contract with any outside organization to draw the legislative maps or provide data.”

Torchinsky and his firm have received more than $2,700 so far, paid out of a pot of $54,000 each legislative caucus received for redistricting.

READ MORE: Redistricting 101: Who Draws Indiana’s Legislative District Maps, And How

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In a statement, House Democratic Leader Phil GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne) expressed alarm, saying the contract confirms that “high-priced Washington D.C. consultants” will drive Indiana’s redistricting process.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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