U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-5th Dist., represents one seriously large district, in terms of land mass.
But now comes some more information about the size of Thompson’s district, courtesy of his office.
Thompson’s district stretches from his hometown of Howard Township in Centre County to Erie County, of which he represents two thirds.
The district’s total land mass is 10,711 square miles, or 23.3 percent of the state’s total land mass.
U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-10th Dist., has the second biggest district, with 8,378 square miles. That sprawling district is in north-central and northeastern Pennsylvania.
It appears that Thompson’s 5th District is larger than the land mass of nine states: New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, Hawaii and nearly twice the size of Connecticut, which is 5,543 square miles.
The source of the information is an update to the 2010 Census Congressional District summary.
– John Guerriero