Missouri will lose a seat in Congress

JEFFERSON CITY | Missouri is losing a congressional district, falling to eight members in the U.S. House.

That will be Missouri's smallest federal delegation since the 1850 census. Missouri has had nine congressional districts since the 1980 census. The Census Bureau on Tuesday released population estimates that will be used as the basis for redistricting.

Missouri had been on the bubble between holding its nine congressional districts and dropping by one.

The loss of a seat likely means that an incumbent federal lawmaker will be forced out of a job. That may be problematic for Democrats because the Republican-led state Legislature will be in charge of drawing new congressional districts.