Alabama House of Representatives District 61

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Alabama House of Representatives District 61
Current incumbentAlan Harper Republican Party
Race65.8% White, 0.2% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.2% Two or More Races, 0.7% Asian, 1.6% Other, 30.4% Black, 0.1% Pacific Islander
Voting age77.4% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Alabama’s sixty-first state house district is represented by Republican Representative Alan Harper.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 41,422 civilians reside within Alabama's sixty-first house of representatives district.[1] Alabama state representatives represent an average of 45,521 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 42,353 residents.[3]

About the office

Elected officials are not subjected to term limits and Alabama House members are one of only five lower house officials in the United States that are elected every four years. Alabama's state representatives assume office on midnight of the day that they are elected.[4]


Members of the House must be 21 at the time of their election, must be citizens and residents of the State of Alabama for at least 3 years and residents of their district at least one year prior to election.[4]


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Alabama legislature are paid $10/day plus $4,308/month plus $50/day for three days during each week that the legislature actually meets during any session.[5]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be conducted in order to fill the vacant seat. The Governor must call for a special election if the vacancy happened before next scheduled general election and the House is in session.[6][7] The Governor has all discretion in setting the date of the election along with nominating deadlines.[7]



See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Alabama House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on June 1, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 2, 2010. Incumbent Alan Harper faced no primary opposition in the June 1 Democratic primary before defeating Frank Chandler in the general election. Frank Chandler ran unopposed in the June 1 Republican primary.[8][9][10]

Alabama House of Representatives District 61, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAlan Harper Incumbent 77.8% 11,102
     Democratic Frank Chandler 22.2% 3,167
Total Votes 14,269

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Alabama State House District 61 have raised a total of $403,161. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $57,594 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Alabama State House District 61
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $138,457 2 $69,229
2008 $10,500 1 $10,500
2006 $207,410 3 $69,137
2002 $46,794 1 $46,794
Total $403,161 7 $57,594

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