Michigan's redistricting commission is not allowed to consider incumbency as it redraws the state's districts. John Chamberlin told Bloomberg Government that the headaches it's causing for both major parties means it is working.
“A bloodbath for incumbents isn’t necessarily bad for citizens. The lesson is, we were not out to make you political animals happy, we were out to improve representation in our state," John Chamberlin, professor emeritus of political science and public policy, said. "It puts the spotlight on the citizens instead of the party leaders and the incumbents, and that’s a good thing on the whole.”