Florida State Senate District 21

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Florida State Senate District 21
Current incumbentDenise Grimsley Republican Party
Race78% White, 11.5% Black, 0.5% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 5.9% Some other race alone, 2.4% Two or More Races[1]
Ethnicity66.1% Single-Race Non-Hispanic White, 11.6% Non-Hispanic Black, 0.8% Hispanic Black, 18.7% Hispanic, 2.8% Non-Hispanic Other
Voting age76.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Florida's twenty-first state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Denise Grimsley.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 474,320 civilians reside within Florida's twenty-first state senate district.[2] Florida state senators represent an average of 470,033 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 399,559 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the Florida State Senate serve four-year terms with term limits. However, in the election following reapportionment, some senators are elected to two-year terms, in order to maintain staggered terms among the senators.[5] Florida legislators assume office two weeks following their election.


To run for the Florida State Senate, candidates must be 21 years old, have lived in Florida for two years and live in the district they intend to serve.[6]


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.[7]

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 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.[5]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, a special election must be called to fill the vacant seat.[8] The Governor is responsible for calling the election and must consult with the Secretary of State to set the election dates and nominating deadlines.[9] The person elected to fill the seat serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.[10]



See also: Florida State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Florida State Senate 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. Denise Grimsley (R) defeated Stacy Anderson McCland (D) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the August 14 primary elections. [11][12]

Florida State Senate, District 21, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDenise Grimsley 57.4% 107,136
     Democratic Stacy Anderson McCland 42.6% 79,500
Total Votes 186,636

Campaign contributions

Since 2012, candidates for Florida State Senate District 21 have raised a total of $793,710. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $396,855 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Florida State Senate District 21
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $793,710 2 $396,855
Total $793,710 2 $396,855

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