Alaska State Senate District L

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Alaska State Senate District L
Current incumbentLesil McGuire Republican Party
Race58.8% White, 11.4% American Indian or Alaska Native, 8.6% Two or More Races, 8.6% Asian, 2.8% Other, 7.2% Black, 2.8% Pacific Islander[1]
Ethnicity91.8% Not Hispanic, 8.2% Hispanic
Voting age79.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Alaska's twelfth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Lesil McGuire.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 36,313 civilians reside within Alaska's twelfth state senate district.[2] Alaska state senators represent an average of 35,512 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 31,347 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the Alaska State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits.[5] Half of the senate is up for re-election every two years. All seats are up for election after redistricting occurs. Up until 1992, members of the Senate and House were elected to both single-member and multi-member districts. Since then, all Alaska legislators have been elected into single-member districts.[6] The terms of Alaska legislators begin on the 4th Monday of the January following a November election.


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 senator shall be at least twenty-five years of age.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Alaska State Senate 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.[7]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, the Governor 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 schedule to convene.[8]



See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Alaska State Senate 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 Kevin Meyer defeated Jacob Hale (D) in the general election.[9] Both candidates ran unopposed in the August 28 primary elections.[10]

Alaska State Senate, District 12 (L), General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Meyer Incumbent 72.6% 10,304
     Democratic Jacob Hale 27.4% 3,894
Total Votes 14,198

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Alaska State House District L have raised a total of $381,796. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $54,542 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Alaska State House District L
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $74,611 2 $37,306
2010 $63,628 2 $31,814
2006 $63,261 1 $63,261
2002 $180,296 2 $90,148
Total $381,796 7 $54,542

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