Comment: James Madison had a proposal

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James Madison had a proposal

James Madison had a proposal to gradually increase district size as population grew. If extended mathematically, it went like this:

START

30,000 people per rep.

40,000 people per rep, when House gets to 100 members

50,000 people per rep, when House gets to 200 members

60,000 people per rep, when House gets to 300 members

etc.

If projected to today's population of 300 million people, we would have a House size of about 1740 (4 times what we really have), and each district would be about 1/4 as big; (about 175,000 people per district).

Madison's plan balanced the need to keep the House from getting too giant, with the need for the House to represent the people.

Madison, as usual, got it right.

Thomas Jefferson 1796, 1800, 1804; James Madison 1808, 1812; Ron Paul 1988, 2008, 2012; Rand Paul 2016.