Colorado House of Representatives District 59
|Colorado House of Representatives District 59|
|Current incumbent||J. Paul Brown|
|Ethnicity||0.6% Black, 11.1% Hispanic|
|Voting age||78.9% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 78,431 civilians reside within Colorado's fifty-ninth house of representatives district. Colorado state representatives represent an average of 77,372 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 66,173 residents.
About the office
Article 5, Section 4 of the Colorado Constitution states: No person shall be a representative or senator who shall not have attained the age of twenty-five years, who shall not be a citizen of the United States, who shall not for at least twelve months next preceding his election, have resided within the territory included in the limits of the county or district in which he shall be chosen; provided, that any person who at the time of the adoption of this constitution, was a qualified elector under the territorial laws, shall be eligible to the first general assembly.
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As of 2013, members of the Colorado legislature are paid $30,000 per year. They are also given per diem of $183 for members who live more than 50 miles from capitol and $45 for members who live 50 or fewer miles from capitol.
- See also: State legislatures with term limits
In the event of any vacancy in the house, the political party that holds the vacant seat is responsible for deciding a replacement. A vacancy committee consisting of members of the political party holding the vacant seat must conduct an election when deciding an appointee. A simple majority vote of members in the vacancy committee is needed to approve any appointment. The person selected to fill the vacancy serves until the next scheduled general election.
Elections for the office of Colorado House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 31, 2014. Incumbent Michael McLachlan was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while J. Paul Brown was unopposed in the Republican primary. Brown defeated McLachlan in the general election.
|Colorado House of Representatives, District 59, General Election, 2014|
|Republican||J. Paul Brown||50.2%||17,280|
|Democratic||Michael McLachlan Incumbent||49.8%||17,110|
Elections for the office of Colorado House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on June 26, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 19, 2012. Michael McLachlan defeated incumbent J. Paul Brown (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in the June 26 primary elections. 
|Colorado House of Representatives, District 59, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||J. Paul Brown Incumbent||48.9%||20,715|
Since 2000, candidates for Colorado House of Representatives District 59 have raised a total of $639,144. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $53,262 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Colorado House of Representatives District 59|
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