Alaska House of Representatives District 4

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Alaska House of Representatives District 4
Current incumbentScott Kawasaki Democratic Party
Ethnicity1.4% Black, 4% Hispanic
Voting age73.7 % age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Alaska’s fourth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Scott Kawasaki.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 15,842 civilians reside within Alaska's fourth house of representatives district.[1] Alaska state representatives represent an average of 17,756 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 15,563 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Alaska State Senate serve two-year terms and are not subjected to term limits. The Alaska House of Representatives is the smallest legislative lower house in the United States.


Article II, Section 2 of the Alaska Constitution states: A member of the legislature shall be a qualified voter who has been a resident of Alaska for at least three years and of the district from which elected for at least one year, immediately preceding his filing for office. A representative shall be at least twenty-one years of age.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Alaska House of Representatives are paid $50,400 per year as a base salary rate. They are also paid a per diem of either $238 or $253/day, tied to the federal rate. This per diem varies depending on the time of the year. Legislators who live in the Juneau area receive 75% of federal rate.[4]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, the Governor of Alaska is responsible for selecting a replacement. The Governor must select the replacement within 30 days after the vacancy happened. The Governor cannot appoint a replacement if the vacancy happens before a new legislative session is scheduled to convene.[5]



See also: Alaska House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Alaska House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 28, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 1, 2012. Incumbent Scott Kawasaki defeated David Pruhs (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in the August 28 primary elections.[6][7][8]

Alaska House of Representatives, District 4, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngScott Kawasaki Incumbent 51.4% 3,160
     Republican David Pruhs 48.6% 2,992
Total Votes 6,152

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Alaska State House District 4 have raised a total of $776,867. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $55,491 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Alaska State House District 4
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $183,966 3 $61,322
2010 $25,925 1 $25,925
2008 $176,475 3 $58,825
2006 $107,144 2 $53,572
2004 $146,819 2 $73,410
2002 $128,713 2 $64,357
2000 $7,825 1 $7,825
Total $776,867 14 $55,491

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