Georgia State Senate District 56

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Georgia State Senate District 56
Current incumbentJohn Albers Republican Party
Ethnicity16.1% Black, 11.7% Hispanic
Voting age75.0% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Georgia's fifty-sixth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator John Albers.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 160,877 civilians reside within Georgia's fifty-sixth state senate district.[1] Georgia state senators represent an average of 172,994 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 157,437 residents.

About the chamber

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


According to the Georgia Constitution, Georgia Senators must be at least 25 years old, American citizens, Georgia citizens for at least two years and a resident of his or her Senatorial District for at least one year immediately preceding election.


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]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, 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]



See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Georgia State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014; a runoff election will take place where necessary on July 22, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Akhtar Sadiq is unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent John E. Albers is unopposed in the Republican primary. Sadig will face Albers in the general election.[4][5]


See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Georgia State Senate 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 John Albers (R) defeated Akhtar Sadiq (D) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[6][7] A total of $148,963 was raised by 2012 candidates in the district, with Albers outraising Sadiq by a margin of $139,174 to $9,789.[8]

Georgia State Senate, District 56, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Albers Incumbent 67.3% 48,145
     Democratic Akhtar Sadiq 32.7% 23,438
Total Votes 71,583

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Georgia State Senate District 56 have raised a total of $1,079,135. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $98,103 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Georgia State Senate District 56
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $148,963 2 $74,482
2010 $444,085 3 $148,028
2008 $-70,749 2 $-35,375
2006 $221,607 1 $221,607
2004 $94,930 1 $94,930
2002 $188,955 1 $188,955
2000 $51,344 1 $51,344
Total $1,079,135 11 $98,103

See also

External links