Georgia House of Representatives District 159

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Georgia House of Representatives District 159
Current incumbentJon G. Burns Republican Party
Population88,115
Ethnicity21.5% Black, 5% Hispanic
Voting age73.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Georgia's one hundred and fifty-ninth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Jon G. Burns.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 88,115 civilians reside within Georgia's one hundred and fifty-ninth state house district.[1] Georgia state representatives represent an average of 53,820 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 48,980 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Georgia House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Georgia legislators assume office the second Monday in January.

Qualifications

Paragraph 3 of Section 2 of Article 3 of the Georgia Constitution states, "At the time of their election, the members of the House of Representatives shall be citizens of the United States, shall be at least 21 years of age, shall have been citizens of this state for at least two years, and shall have been legal residents of the territory embraced within the district from which elected for at least one year."

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Georgia legislature are paid $17,342/year plus $173/day for per diem when in session.[2]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, the vacant seat must be filled by a special election. The Governor must declare a special election no later than 10 days after the vacancy happened. The election must be held no less than 30 days and no later than 60 days after the Governor calls for the election. The counties representing the vacant district are responsible for conducting the election.[3]

Elections

2014

See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Georgia House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014, with runoff elections taking place where necessary on July 22, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Jon G. Burns was unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[4][5][6]

2012

See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Georgia House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on July 31, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 25, 2012. Incumbent Jon G. Burns (R) was unopposed in both the general election and Republican primary.[7][8]

Georgia House of Representatives, District 159, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJon G. Burns Incumbent 100% 15,829
Total Votes 15,829

Campaign contributions

Since 2004, candidates for Georgia House of Representatives District 159 have raised a total of $435,121. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $62,160 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Georgia House of Representatives District 159
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $51,853 1 $51,853
2010 $64,250 2 $32,125
2008 $37,777 1 $37,777
2006 $15,160 1 $15,160
2004 $266,081 2 $133,041
Total $435,121 7 $62,160

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