Alabama House of Representatives District 72

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Alabama House of Representatives District 72
Current incumbentRalph Anthony Howard Democratic Party
Race38.6% White, 0.2% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.6% Two or More Races, 0.2% Asian, 0.3% Other, 60.2% Black, 0.1% Pacific Islander
Voting age76.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Alabama’s sixty-second state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Ralph Anthony Howard.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 39,414 civilians reside within Alabama's seventy-second 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 Ralph Anthony Howard defeated Johnny Lee Flowers and Melvin Hugh Lightning in the June 1 primary before winning the general election uncontested.[8][9][10]

Alabama House of Representatives District 72, Democratic Primary Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Anthony Howard Incumbent 57.3% 4,898
     Democratic Johnny Lee Flowers 36.8% 3,147
     Democratic Melvin Hugh Lightning 5.8% 498
Total Votes 8,543

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Alabama State House District 72 have raised a total of $208,377. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $29,768 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Alabama State House District 72
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $97,628 3 $32,543
2006 $47,199 1 $47,199
2002 $63,550 3 $21,183
Total $208,377 7 $29,768

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