Alaska State Senate District P

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Alaska State Senate District P
Current incumbentDennis Egan Democratic Party
Population37,696
Race84.2% White, 4.3% American Indian or Alaska Native, 5.0% Two or More Races, 3.6% Asian, 0.9% Other, 1.8% Black, 0.2% Pacific Islander
Ethnicity96.0% Not Hispanic, 4.0% Hispanic
Voting age74.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Alaska's sixteenth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Dennis Egan.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 37,696 civilians reside within Alaska's sixteenth state senate district.[1] Alaska state senators represent an average of 35,512 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 31,347 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Alaska State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits.[4] 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.[5] The terms of Alaska legislators begin on the 4th Monday of the January following a November election.

Qualifications

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.

Salaries

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.[6]

Vacancies

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.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alaska State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 19, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Robert "Moose" Henrichs was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while District R incumbent Gary Lee Stevens was unopposed in the Republican primary. Henrichs will face Stevens in the general election.[8][9]

2012

See also: Alaska State Senate elections, 2012

Egan was the only member of the Alaska State Senate who was not up for re-election in 2012. Ordinarily, half (10) of Alaska's senators would have been up for election in 2012, and half would be up for election in 2014. Alaska senators serve staggered four-year terms. However in 2012, every senator except Egan faced re-election due to substantial changes resulting from 2011 redistricting. Dennis Egan was displaced by redistricting to District P. With the exception of Egan, who will simply finish his existing four-year term, senators scheduled for the 2014 election were elected to two-year terms in 2012, preserving Alaska's staggered Senate elections.[10]

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Alaska State House District P have raised a total of $846,343. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $84,634 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Alaska State House District P
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $587,083 5 $117,417
2006 $155,947 2 $77,974
2002 $103,313 3 $34,438
Total $846,343 10 $84,634

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