That was the question posed to me by UVa political scientist Larry Sabato during a call this afternoon.
Newly elected Morgan Griffith lives just outside the 9th District, although that will almost certainly be remedied in next year’s redistricting.
“He might be one of two or three, and maybe the only freshman,” Sabato said.
So that got us thinking. We called the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, but the folks there didn’t know the answer.
We then turned to Google.
Take it with a grain of salt, since this may be an incomplete search, but it appears that — prior to last Tuesday’s election — four members of the House served from outside their district: Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah; John Garamendi, D-Calif.; Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.; and David Scott, D-Ga.
At least one of those (Gutierrez) started in his district, was redistricted out but somehow kept his seat.
Starting next year, however, the number of congressmen representing their district from outside the boundaries will double!
That makes not two, not three, but eight eventual members of the House who currently live outside their districts. (At least one of those has said he plans to move soon.)
Eight! That’s enough to create a “Carpetbagger Caucus”! If that happens, remember — you heard it here first.