Arkansas House of Representatives District 97
|Arkansas House District 97|
|Current incumbent||Bob Ballinger|
|Ethnicity||1.6% Black, 10.7% Hispanic|
|Voting age||73% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 34,766 civilians reside within Arkansas's ninety-seventh 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 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. Bob Ballinger defeated Jeremy Miller in the May 22 Republican primary before defeating Robert Berry (D) in the general election. Berry ran in the May 22 Democratic primary without opposition.
|Arkansas House of Representatives, District 97, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Robert "Butch" Berry||43.8%||5,226|
|Arkansas House of Representatives District 97 Republican Primary, 2012|
Since 2000, candidates for Arkansas House of Representatives District 97 have raised a total of $144,902. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $14,490 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Arkansas House of Representatives District 97|
- Public Mapping Project, “Arkansas 2010 Census Statistics,” October 17, 2013
- United States Census 2010, "Population in 2010 of the American states," November 22, 2013
- 'United States Census 2010, "Population in 2000 of the American states," November 27, 2013
- 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, “2012 General Election,” October 21, 2013
- Arkansas Secretary of State, “2012 General Primary,” October 21, 2013
State of Arkansas
Little Rock (capital)
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