Arkansas House of Representatives District 71
|Arkansas House District 71|
|Current incumbent||Kenneth Henderson|
|Ethnicity||0.9% Black, 1.1% Hispanic|
|Voting age||80% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 26,638 civilians reside within Arkansas's seventy-first house district. Arkansas state representatives represent an average of 29,159 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 26,734 residents.
About the office
Members of the Arkansas House of Representatives serve two-year terms with term limits. Representatives may not serve more than three two-year terms. Arkansas legislators assume office on the first day of session: the second Monday of January.
Article 5, Section 4 of the Arkansas Constitution states: No person shall be a Senator or Representative who, at the time of his election, is not a citizen of the United States, nor any one who has not been for two years next preceding his election, a resident of this State, and for one year next preceding his election, a resident of the county or district whence he may be chosen. Senators shall be at least twenty-five years of age, and Representatives at least twenty-one years of age.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
As of 2013, members of the Arkansas legislature are paid $15,869 per year. They are also given per diem of $136 per day (in voucher form) plus mileage tied to the federal rate.
- See also: State legislatures with term limits
The Arkansas legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Arkansas Term Limits Initiative in 1992. That initiative said that Arkansas representatives are subject to term limits of no more than three two-year terms.
If there is a vacancy in the house, the Governor must call for a special election in order to fill the vacancy. The election must be called by the Governor without delay. For all special elections in the house, the county that first established the district is responsible for conducting the election.
All special elections must be held on the Second Tuesday of each month. The only other dates an election can be held if the second Tuesday of the month falls on a legal holiday or is in June during an even-numbered year.
Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014; a runoff election took place where necessary on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014. Kenneth Henderson was unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.
Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on May 22, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 1, 2012. Incumbent Andrea Lea ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary before winning the general election without opposition.
Since 2000, candidates for Arkansas House of Representatives District 71 have raised a total of $171,118. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $21,390 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Arkansas House of Representatives District 71|
- For more information on the parameters the U.S. Census Bureau use, please see our Race and Ethnicity on the United States Census page.
- “Public Mapping Project”, “Arkansas 2010 Census Statistics”, accessed October 17, 2013
- U.S. Census Bureau, "Population Distribution and Change: 2000 to 2010," accessed January 6, 2014
- U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population: 2000," April 2, 2001
- Arkansas State Constitution, pg. 16, accessed December 16, 2013
- NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
- Arkansas Legislature "Arkansas Code," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statutes, 10-2-118 and 10-2-119)
- Arkansas Legislature "Arkansas Code," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statutes, 10-2-120(a)(1))
- Arkansas Legislature "Arkansas Code," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statutes, 7-11-105 1 (a)-(c))
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Candidate Information," accessed March 5, 2014
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed June 26, 2014
- Arkansas Secretary of State, “2012 General Election”, accessed October 21, 2013
- Arkansas Secretary of State, “2012 General Primary”, accessed October 21, 2013
State of Arkansas
Little Rock (capital)
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