Washington’s redistricting commission made history by creating the first congressional district where people of color are the majority. Minorities now comprise just over 50 percent of the population of the Ninth Congressional District. The redrawn district encompasses southeast Seattle, Bellevue, northern Tacoma, Kent, Renton, Seatac, Tukwila and Federal Way. The new 10th Congressional District, necessitated by population growth, sits directly over Olympia in Thurston County. Washington’s growing population earned it an additional seat in the House of Representatives. The 2010 Census, among other things, determines how many seats each state holds. Washington grew by more than 830,000 people between 2000 and 2010.