Colorado State Senate District 24

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Colorado State Senate District 24
Current incumbentLois Tochtrop Democratic Party
Population156,797
Ethnicity2.3% Black, 31.5% Hispanic
Voting age71.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Colorado’s twenty-fourth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Lois Tochtrop.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 156,797 civilians reside within Colorado's twenty-fourth 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. Incumbent Lois Tochtrop defeated Luis Alvarez (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in the August 10 primary elections.[7][8]

Colorado State Senate, District 24, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLois Tochtrop 54.9% 20,750
     Republican Luis Alvarez 45.1% 17,055
Total Votes 37,805

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Colorado State Senate District 24 have raised a total of $300,588. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $27,326 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Colorado State Senate District 24
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $800 1 $800
2010 $69,715 3 $23,238
2008 $7,571 1 $7,571
2006 $141,236 3 $47,079
2004 $1,296 1 $1,296
2002 $79,970 2 $39,985
Total $300,588 11 $27,326

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