Florida House of Representatives District 59

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Florida House of Representatives District 59
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Current incumbentRoss Spano Republican Party
Population158,232
Race73.7% White, 14.3% Black, 0.4% Native American, 3.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 4.5% Some other race alone, 3.5% Two or More Races
Ethnicity59.6% Single-Race Non-Hispanic White, 14.4% Non-Hispanic Black, 1.6% Hispanic Black, 19.4% Hispanic, 5.1% Non-Hispanic Other
Voting age75.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Florida's fifty-ninth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Ross Spano.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 158,232 civilians reside within Florida's fifty-ninth state house district.[1] Florida state representatives represent an average of 156,678 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 133,186 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Florida House of Representatives serve two-year terms with term limits.[4] Members of the House may serve no more than four consecutive terms. Florida legislators assume office two weeks following their election.

Qualifications

To run for the Florida House of Representatives, candidates must be 21 years old, have lived in Florida for two years and live in the district they intend to serve.[5]

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Florida legislature are paid $29,687 per year. Legislators are allowed $131 per day for per diem, tied to the federal rate. Travel vouchers are required.[6]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Florida legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Florida Term Limits Act in 1992. That initiative said that Florida representatives are subject to term limits of no more than four 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 house, a special election must be called to fill the vacant seat.[7] The Governor is responsible for calling the election and must consult with the Secretary of State to set the election dates and nominating deadlines.[8] The person elected to fill the seat serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.[9]

Elections

2014

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Florida House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 26, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 20, 2014. Donna Lee Fore was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Ross Spano was unopposed in the Republican primary. Fore will face Spano in the general election.[10][11]

2012

See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Florida House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 14, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 8, 2012. Ross Spano (R) defeated Gail Gottlieb (D) in the general election. Spano ran and defeated Michael Floyd, Betty Jo Tompkins and Joe Wicker in the Republican primary. Gottlieb was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[12][13]

Florida House of Representatives, District 59, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRoss Spano 50.8% 34,136
     Democratic Gail Gottlieb 49.2% 33,085
Total Votes 67,221
Florida House of Representatives, District 59 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRoss Spano 39.8% 3,397
Joe Wicker 37.7% 3,222
Betty Jo Tompkins 17.3% 1,478
Michael Floyd 5.2% 442
Total Votes 8,539

Campaign contributions

Since 2012, candidates for Florida House of Representatives District 59 have raised a total of $447,947. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $89,589 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Florida House of Representatives District 59
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $447,947 5 $89,589
Total $447,947 5 $89,589

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