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Arizona House of Representatives District 19

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Arizona House of Representatives District 19
Current incumbentMark Cardenas and Lupe Contreras Democratic Party
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Arizona’s nineteenth state house district is represented by Democratic Representatives Mark Cardenas and Lupe Contreras.

Arizona state representatives represent an average of 106,534 residents.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 85,511 residents.[2]

About the office

Members serve two-year terms with term limits, limiting Representatives to four terms (a total of eight years).[3] Arizona legislators assume office on the first day of the session after they are elected. Each regular session begins on the second Monday in January.


Article 4, Part 2, Section 2 of the Arizona Constitution states: No person shall be a member of the Legislature unless he shall be a citizen of the United States at the time of his election, nor unless he shall be at least twenty-five years of age, and shall have been a resident of Arizona at least three years and of the county from which he is elected at least one year before his election.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

Arizona state senators are paid $24,000/year. They are also paid a per diem of $35/day for the first 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and $10/day thereafter. Senators who live outside of Maricopa County are given an additional $25/day for the 1st 120 days of regular session and for special sessions and an additional $10/day thereafter.[4]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Arizona legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Arizona Term Limits Act in 1992. That initiative said that Arizona senators are subject to term limits of no more than four two-year terms, or a total of eight years.

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1992 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2000.[3]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, the political party committee or the Board of County Supervisors must select a replacement. The political party committee is responsible for appointing a replacement only if the Senate district has thirty or more elected precinct committeemen.[5]

The Secretary of State is required to contact the state party chairperson to give notice of the vacancy. The state chairperson must give notice of an election to fill the seat within three days of receiving notice.[5]

Before an election takes place, the state chairperson must submit a list of three recommended candidates to fill the seat. The election involves all the precinct committeemen who represent the Senate district. If the Legislature is out of session, the election must be held within twenty-one days after the vacancy happened. If the Legislature is in session, the election must be held within five days after the vacancy happened.[5]

The Board of County Supervisors fills vacancies in Senate districts that have less than thirty elected precinct committeemen. Also, the Board of Supervisors must select a replacement if the party committee fails to select a replacement within the specified periods. This is only for districts with thirty or more elected committeemen.

The county of residence from where the person last held the seat is responsible for making the selection. The county that is responsible for filling the vacancy must form a citizens panel. The citizens panel is charged with recommending to the Board of Supervisors three candidates to fill the vacant seat. The panel must recommend persons from the political party that last held the seat. The full county board must select a replacement within five days of receiving the list of recommended candidates.[6]

The person selected to fill the seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.[6]



See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Arizona 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 May 30, 2012. Democrats Mark Cardenas and Lupe Contreras won the general election after defeating Bryan Kilgore and Lorenzo Sierra in the August 28 Democratic primary.[7][8][9][10]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLupe Chavira Contreras 50.7% 23,674
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark A. Candenas 49.3% 23,007
Total Votes 46,681
Arizona House of Representatives, District 19 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Cardenas 30.6% 3,005
Green check mark transparent.pngLupe Contreras 26.1% 2,566
Lorenzo Sierra 24.8% 2,433
Bryan Kilgore 18.6% 1,824
Total Votes 9,828

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Arizona State House District 19 have raised a total of $959,188. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $39,966 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Arizona State House District 19
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $59,091 4 $14,773
2010 $286,172 4 $71,543
2008 $201,606 3 $67,202
2006 $135,645 3 $45,215
2004 $49,154 2 $24,577
2002 $131,955 4 $32,989
2000 $95,565 4 $23,891
Total $959,188 24 $39,966

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