"This district was drawn, along with the other two districts, specifically to have an equal number of constituents through the district," he says. "All three districts have exactly the same number. All three have rural parts of the state in them. All three have parts of Salt Lake County. The intention in drawing this, was to have equality of rural and urban and equality of numbers."
In the 1990's, District 2 was contained entirely within Salt Lake County. Now, it contains portions of Salt Lake and Utah Counties, as well as all of Wasatch, Duchesne, Daggett, Uintah, Carbon, Uintah, Emery, Grand, San Juan, Wayne, Piute, Garfield, Kane, Iron, and Washington Counties.
Now, all three districts radiate from where UT-201 ("The 21st South Freeway") crosses the Jordan River.
Also, do these boundaries make sense to anyone?
The white areas above belong to Rob Bishop. The grey areas belong to Jim Matheson. There's no secret that this is one of the most Liberal neighborhoods in Utah, and has been for a long time. It's just a coincidence that this is where they chose to get their equal population numbers, right?