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Senate Minutes

 Oklahoma, it’s time to stand up and be counted!

Every ten years, the federal government conducts an official census to count our population.  It’s something our Founding Fathers required in the U.S. Constitution, so that population was the basis of sharing political power.  Representation in Congress was tied to those population counts.

That’s still true today—in fact following the 2000 census count, Oklahoma went from six seats in Congress to just five based on our census results. We didn’t lose population compared to the census from 1990, but our population didn’t grow as fast as other states. The census is the basis for determining how many seats states have in Congress.  But the census results impact much more than that.

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