Arizona state legislative districts

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There are a total of 90 seats in the Arizona State Legislature. All 90 seats, 30 in the Arizona State Senate and 60 in the Arizona House of Representatives, are up for election every two years.

Chambers

Senate

The Arizona State Senate is the upper house of the Arizona State Legislature. There are 30 state senators; they represent 30 districts each composed of an average of 213,067 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 171,021 residents.[2] Members serve two-year terms with term limits, limiting Senators to four terms (a total of eight years).[3]

House

The Arizona House of Representatives is the lower house of the Arizona State Legislature. There are 60 state representatives. Each member represents an average of 106,534 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[4] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 85,511 residents.[5] Members are elected to two-year terms and are subject to term limits limiting them to four consecutive terms.[3]

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Qualifications

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.

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the Senate, 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.[6]

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.[6]

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.[6]

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.[7]

The person selected to fill the seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.[7]

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]

Salaries

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.[8]

Districts

These are links to every district in the Arizona State Senate.

Arizona State Senate District 1
Arizona State Senate District 2
Arizona State Senate District 3
Arizona State Senate District 4
Arizona State Senate District 5
Arizona State Senate District 6
Arizona State Senate District 7
Arizona State Senate District 8
Arizona State Senate District 9
Arizona State Senate District 10
Arizona State Senate District 11
Arizona State Senate District 12
Arizona State Senate District 13
Arizona State Senate District 14
Arizona State Senate District 15
Arizona State Senate District 16
Arizona State Senate District 17
Arizona State Senate District 18
Arizona State Senate District 19
Arizona State Senate District 20
Arizona State Senate District 21
Arizona State Senate District 22
Arizona State Senate District 23
Arizona State Senate District 24
Arizona State Senate District 25
Arizona State Senate District 26
Arizona State Senate District 27
Arizona State Senate District 28
Arizona State Senate District 29
Arizona State Senate District 30

Qualifications

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.

Vacancies

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.[6]

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.[6]

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.[6]

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.[7]

The person selected to fill the seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.[7]

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]

Salaries

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.[9]

Districts

These are links to every district in the Arizona House of Representatives.

Arizona House of Representatives District 1
Arizona House of Representatives District 2
Arizona House of Representatives District 3
Arizona House of Representatives District 4
Arizona House of Representatives District 5
Arizona House of Representatives District 6
Arizona House of Representatives District 7
Arizona House of Representatives District 8
Arizona House of Representatives District 9
Arizona House of Representatives District 10
Arizona House of Representatives District 11
Arizona House of Representatives District 12
Arizona House of Representatives District 13
Arizona House of Representatives District 14
Arizona House of Representatives District 15
Arizona House of Representatives District 16
Arizona House of Representatives District 17
Arizona House of Representatives District 18
Arizona House of Representatives District 19
Arizona House of Representatives District 20
Arizona House of Representatives District 21
Arizona House of Representatives District 22
Arizona House of Representatives District 23
Arizona House of Representatives District 24
Arizona House of Representatives District 25
Arizona House of Representatives District 26
Arizona House of Representatives District 27
Arizona House of Representatives District 28
Arizona House of Representatives District 29
Arizona House of Representatives District 30


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