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Tennessee senate approves new congressional maps
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The state Senate has approved new boundaries for Tennessee's nine congressional seats.The chamber voted 24-9 Friday to approve the map passed by the House a day before.The measure now heads to the governor for his signature.Republicans rejected efforts to redraw the lines for the 9th District in Memphis, where Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen has complained that the new boundaries would remove all the major Jewish institutions and much of the Jewish vote from his district.Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville said that the new district lines are less divisive, because Shelby County will now only be represented by two congressmen, instead of three.The Senate also voted 23-10 to approve new House districts that the lower chamber passed earlier.