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Colegrove v. Green - Significance, Court Declares Apportionment A "political Question", Further Readings

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Kenneth W. Colegrove


Dwight H. Green, as a member ex-officio of the Primary Certifying Board of the State of Illinois

Appellant's Claim

That congressional districts in Illinois were disparate in population size, and therefore not truly representative.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Urban A. Lavery

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

William C. Wines

Justices for the Court

Harold Burton, Felix Frankfurter (writing for the Court), Stanley Forman Reed, Wiley Blount Rutledge

Justices Dissenting

Hugo Lafayette Black, William O. Douglas, Frank Murphy (Harlan Fiske Stone and Robert H. Jackson did not participate)


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

10 June 1946


Apportionment issues are political questions which must be decided by state legislatures with congressional oversight.

Related Cases

  • Baker v. Carr, 369 U.S. 186 (1962).
  • Wesberry v. Sanders, 376 U.S. 1 (1964).
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about 7 years ago

Re: Colegrove v Green

The decision found "REDISTRICTING" to be a political question and denied standing. REAPPORTIONMENT was not at issue as I recall.

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over 10 years ago

Does Baker v. Carr truly overrule the Colegrove opinion or does it simply distinguish it as not controlling regarding determination of non-justiciability? It seems as though the enitire Baker line of cases (Gray, Reynolds, Wesbury, etc.) just limit Colegrove and do not actually overturn it. Not trying to be a critic of your writing. I am actually doing some legal writing myself and ran across your page that said Baker overruled Colegrove and I just wanted to be as accurate as possible in my writing because my professor will enjoy taking off points, no matter the answer. Thanks.