Revisions to the redistricting deal struck in Richmond that have met Gov. Bob McDonnell’s approval keep Democratic Del. Jim Scott as the City of Falls Church’s representative from the 53rd District, and moves Democratic State Sen. Dick Saslaw, the Democratic Majority Leader in the Senate, and his 35th District to cover Falls Church.
Saslaw’s newly-redrawn district also includes for the first time most of Greater Falls Church, including the Sleepy Hollow, Bailey’s Crossroads and Lake Barcroft areas. Scott’s newly redrawn 53rd District now includes areas on the southern boundaries of Falls Church, including between Routes 7 and 50 from Seven Corners to Gallows Road, and he loses some areas of McLean and Merrifield. Republican State Del. Barbara Comstock’s 34th District in areas north of Falls Church gains in expected Republican voters by 3.4 percent, and retiring State Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple’s 31st District is moved out of Falls Church to encompass regions as far north as Potomac Falls and excluding North Arlington, giving it an expected GOP gain of 9.7 percent.