The map, composed by a group of nonpartisan legislative staffers, is subject to a vote by the state House and Senate. Latham's office issued a statement praising the redistricting commission for its independence and fairness, but he hinted the legislature may not be finished tinkering with the lines. "I know that the members of the Legislature will keep the best interests of the people of Iowa at heart as they move forward with the next steps of this redistricting process," Latham said in a statement. "I am honored to represent the good people of Iowa in the United States Congress, and, regardless of the specifics of the final map, I will continue to work on behalf of the interest of all Iowans." In his own statement, Boswell pointed out he has already represented 32 counties in Iowa during his tenure in Congress. Aside from his base in Polk County, Boswell will have to introduce himself in 15 new counties he has never represented before. Then again, Boswell cannot be certain he will have a clear shot at the Democratic nomination. Former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack, wife of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, is considering getting involved in politics herself. She would likely run against Boswell, if she decides to enter the race in 2012.
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