WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the State of Ohio will lose two congressional seats, reducing the state’s representation in Washington to 16 districts, following the U.S. Census Bureau reapportionment data report. Census counts also determine funding for economic development, public safety, education, job training, food banks, home heating assistance, and many other critical programs.

 “Ohio’s population is changing, but our fight for the middle class families who proudly call our state home remains strong,” Brown said. “Though we regret the loss of two congressional seats, I will continue to fight for critical federal funds that promote economic development, keep our communities safe, and help those in need.”

 In March, Brown released a county-by-county estimate showing how much funding is at stake under different census count scenarios.

 Brown is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee which is responsible for setting funding levels for all federal programs. Brown also serves on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, where is he chairman of the Economic Policy Subcommittee.