The 2010 Census totals have begun trickling in and the state of Texas looks to be the big winner for population growth. But what impact will it have? The biggest area of discussion is that our state will receive 4 additional seats in Congress but that also means that some other state of states will lose seats. As a matter of fact California gains no seats and New York loses two! This is a big win for Texas. Our voice on Capitol Hill just got louder and it even has the potential to impact the Electoral College. Our state legislature, that is predominantly Republican, will now start the task of redrawing the lines for Congressional districts across the state. While much effort will be given to draw line that favors Republicans, it will be impossible to ignore the growth in south Texas which is home to many Democrats. The worst thing that can happen is that a law suit or law suits are filed contesting any plan so lawmakers must be fair in drawing district lines. If not, we could lose out on key economic components that come with population growth including federal funding of projects, allocation of federal services and more. So watch this redistricting process carefully and hold our lawmakers accountable for getting it right and Texas will remain the best place to live in the U.S. and that will make for a Better East Texas.