Arkansas State Senate District 21

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Arkansas Senate District 21
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Current incumbentJohn Cooper Republican Party
Population74,633
Ethnicity21.7% Black2.9, % Hispanic
Voting age75.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Arkansas's twenty-first state senate district is represented by Republican Senator John Cooper.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 74,633 civilians reside within Arkansas's twenty-first state senate district.[1] Arkansas state representatives represent an average of 83,312 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 76,383 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Arkansas State Senate are elected to four-year terms 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 senators are subject to term limits of no more than two four-year terms.[4] In the first election after the census, all 35 seats are up for election. The Senators "shall divide themselves into two classes, by lot, and the first class shall hold their places for two years only, after which all shall be elected for four years." Arkansas legislators assume office on the first day of session: the second Monday of January.

Qualifications

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.

Salaries

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.[5]

Term limits

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 senators are subject to term limits of no more than two four-year terms.

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1992 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2000.[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, the Governor must call for a special election in order to fill the vacancy. The election must be called by the Governor without delay.[6] For all special elections in the senate, the county that first established the district is responsible for conducting the election.[7]

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.[8]

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas state legislative special elections, 2014

John Cooper (R) defeated Steve Rockwell (D) in the special election, which took place on January 14.[9] Rockwell and Radius Baker advanced past Gene Roebuck and Ray Kidd in the Democratic primary.[10] Rockwell defeated Baker in the Democratic primary runoff.[11] Dan Sullivan and Cooper advanced past Chad Niell in the Republican primary.[10] Cooper defeated Sullivan in the Republican primary runoff.[11][12]

The seat was vacant following Paul Bookout's (D) resignation on August 21, 2013, after he was fined $8,000 by the Arkansas Ethics Commission for spending campaign funds on personal items.[13]

A special election for the position of Arkansas State Senate District 21 was called for January 14, with a primary on October 8, 2013. A primary runoff took place on November 12, 2013. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was September 6, 2013.[13]

Arkansas State Senate, District 21, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cooper 57.2% 4,318
     Democratic Steve Rockwell 42.8% 3,235
Total Votes 7,553


2012

See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Arkansas State Senate 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 Paul Bookout ran uncontested in the May 22 Democratic primary before winning the general election without opposition.[14][15]

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Arkansas State Senate District 21 have raised a total of $641,569. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $80,196 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Arkansas State Senate District 21
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $80,950 1 $80,950
2010 $390,428 2 $195,214
2008 $6,500 1 $6,500
2006 $48,950 1 $48,950
2004 $10,353 1 $10,353
2002 $104,388 2 $52,194
Total $641,569 8 $80,196

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