Illinois House of Representatives District 55

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Illinois House of Representatives District 55
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Current incumbentMartin J. Moylan Democratic Party
Population113,841
Ethnicity2.6% Black, 9.5% Hispanic
Voting age73.4% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Illinois' fifty-fifth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Martin J. Moylan.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 113,841 civilians reside within Illinois' fifty-fifth state house district.[1] Illinois state representatives represent an average of 108,734 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 105,248 residents.

About the chamber

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

Qualifications

Article IV of the Illinois Constitution states: To be eligible to serve as a member of the General Assembly, a person must be a United States citizen, at least 21 years old, and for the two years preceding his election or appointment a resident of the district which he is to represent.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Illinois House of Representatives are paid $67,836/year. Additionally, legislators receive $111/day per diem.[2]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, the state constitution mandates that the seat must be filled by appointment when allowed by law. The appointment must be made within 30 days after the vacancy. All vacancies must be filled by a member of the same political party that last held the seat.[3]

The vacancy must be filled by the respective party organizations covering the legislative district.[4] This must be voted on by the respective committeemen and committeewomen representing the legislative district.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place March 18, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent Martin J. Moylan ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Mel Thillens ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Moylan and Thillens will face off in the general election.[6][7][8]

2012

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on March 20, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 5, 2011. Martin J. Moylan (D) defeated Susan Sweeney (R) in the general election and was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Sweeney defeated Rosemary Mulligan in the Republican primary.[9][10]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 55, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMartin J. Moylan 53.3% 21,321
     Republican Susan Sweeney 46.7% 18,711
Total Votes 40,032
Illinois House of Representatives, District 55 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Sweeney 98% 2,229
Rosemary Mulligan Incumbent 2% 46
Total Votes 2,275

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Illinois House of Representatives District 55 have raised a total of $3,477,773. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $193,210 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Illinois House of Representatives District 55
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $1,608,171 4 $402,043
2010 $166,641 2 $83,321
2008 $90,912 3 $30,304
2006 $560,742 3 $186,914
2004 $151,217 1 $151,217
2002 $420,168 3 $140,056
2000 $479,922 2 $239,961
Total $3,477,773 18 $193,210

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