Colorado State Senate District 16

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Colorado State Senate District 16
Current incumbentJeanne Nicholson Democratic Party
Population136,132
Ethnicity0.7% Black, 5.7% Hispanic
Voting age78.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Colorado’s sixteenth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Jeanne Nicholson.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 136,132 civilians reside within Colorado's sixteenth state senate district.[1] Colorado state senators represent an average of 143,691 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 122,893 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Colorado State Senate serve four-year terms with term limits.[4] Colorado legislators assume office on first day of the first legislative session following the election.

Qualifications

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.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

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.[5]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

Voters enacted the Colorado Term Limits Act in 1990. That initiative said that Colorado senators are subject to term limits of no more than two four-year terms.[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

In the event of any vacancy in the senate, the political party that holds the vacant seat is responsible for deciding a replacement.[6] 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

2010

See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Colorado State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 10, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 27, 2010. Jeanne Nicholson defeated Timothy J. Leonard (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in the August 10 primary election.[7][8]

Colorado State Senate, District 16, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeanne Nicholson 50.5% 30,882
     Republican Timothy J. Leonard 49.5% 30,224
Total Votes 61,106

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Colorado State Senate District 16 have raised a total of $1,337,878. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $111,490 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Colorado State Senate District 16
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $16,488 1 $16,488
2010 $240,476 2 $120,238
2008 $186,199 2 $93,100
2006 $190,448 4 $47,612
2004 $6,172 1 $6,172
2002 $698,095 2 $349,048
Total $1,337,878 12 $111,490

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