The new apportionment numbers for the House of Representatives was just announced. So let’s talk about a related issue; the size of the House of Representatives.
It originally grew as the population grew. We started with fifty-nine Congressmen. The numbers rose up to four hundred and thirty-five and then that number was fixed by law in 1929. It was based on the population figures from the 1910 census.
The population according to 1910 census was 92,228,496. The population in 1929 was about 121,770,000. The population according to the 2020 census was 331,449,281.
Each member of the House represented approximately 60,000 people in 1790, 282,000 people in 1930, and 762,000 people in 2020.
So is the existing cap still a good idea? Should we repeal the law and expand the size of the House of Representatives?