On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation redrawing legislative boundaries for state House, Senate and Congressional districts.
For Rochester and Rochester Hills, that means two new congressmen and a new state senator. The changes will begin with the 2012 election.
Rochester and Rochester Hills previously fell in District 9 with Democrat Congressman Gary Peters, who grew up in Rochester Hills.
Now, all of Rochester and most of Rochester Hills are in District 8 with Republican Congressman Mike Rogers of Brighton. District 8 also includes the rest of the northern half of the county (from Oakland and Addison townships west to Holly and Rose townships).
"It's an honor to serve the people of northern Oakland County," Rogers said in a statement sent to Patch on Wednesday afternoon, "and I look forward to serving Rochester and Rochester Hills in the next session of Congress should voters entrust me with their confidence."
The southwestern corner of Rochester Hills will join District 11, led by Rep. Thaddeus McCotter. District 11 almost encircles the southern half of the county and includes everything from Clawson and Troy to Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham west to Milford and south to Canton.
In the Senate
Rochester and Rochester Hills are no longer in District 12, represented by Sen. Jim Marleau, but instead join Troy, Clawson, Royal Oak, Berkley, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills in District 13, which is led by Sen. John Pappageorge, a Republican. Because of term limits, this is Pappageorge's final term.
In the House
Rochester and Rochester Hills remain in District 45, which is led by Rep. Tom McMillin. The district also includes a small part of Oakland Township.