President Barack Obama has finally revealed what his post-presidency political work will entail. The current POTUS will work with former attorney general Eric Holder to overhaul America’s system of legislative redistricting.
Holder is the chair of a newly created group called the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which was created in close consultation with the White House.
According to Politico, the committee was created to “coordinate campaign strategy, direct fundraising, organize ballot initiatives and put together legal challenges to state redistricting maps.”
The group believes that Democrats have been losing because they’ve let Republicans “tilt the field,” and they’re hoping to fix the problem.
The committee originally planned to try to help with this year’s election but didn’t meet its original goal. They’re now hoping to help with the 2018 state legislative and House races.
“American voters deserve fair maps that represent our diverse communities — and we need a coordinated strategy to make that happen. This unprecedented new effort will ensure Democrats have a seat at the table to create fairer maps after 2020,” Holder said.
President Obama has now signaled that campaigning and fundraising with the committee will be his main political focus once he leaves the White House in just a few months.
White House political director David Simas, who has been briefing President Obama on the committee’s advancements since it came together earlier this summer, said, “Where he will be most politically engaged will be at the state legislative level, with an eye on redistricting after 2020.”