WASHINGTON, DC – Today, after Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo and U.S. Census Bureau officials released data showing that the United States’ population grew by 7.4 percent since 2010, to a total of 331.4 million people, and that Rhode Island will keep two seats in the U.S House of Representatives for the next decade, U.S. Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement:

“This is great news for the state, and it ensures Rhode Island will retain its influence in the U.S. House of Representatives for the coming decade.

“Today’s results were due in large part to the hard work of the Complete Count Committee.  Thanks to co-Chairs James Diossa, Rhode Island Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, and all of the members of the committee for their outstanding leadership to ensure everyone was counted.

“And I also want to thank every Rhode Islander who took the time to complete the Census.  This Constitutionally-mandated count helps shape our future and determine federal funding levels that affect everything from schools, roads, and hospitals to our representation in Congress.  So thank you to everyone who helped ensure a complete and accurate count.”