Illinois State Senate District 53

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Illinois State Senate District 53
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Current incumbentJason Barickman Republican Party
Population226,526
Ethnicity3.1% Black, 2.4% Hispanic
Voting age75.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Illinois' fifty-third state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Jason Barickman.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 226,526 civilians reside within Illinois' fifty-third state senate district.[1] Illinois state senators represent an average of 217,468 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 210,496 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Illinois State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Under the Illinois Constitution of 1970, Senators are divided into three groups, each group having a two-year term at a different part of the decade between censuses, with the rest of the decade being taken up by two four-year terms.[2] Depending on the election year, roughly ⅓, ⅔, or all of the senate seats may have terms ending. 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.[3]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, the Illinois 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. If a vacancy by a member of the senate has more than twenty-eight months remaining in the term, the appointment is interim until the next general election and in this case, a special election must be held to fill the balance of the unserved term. All other senate vacancies should be made by appointment with the person appointed being a member of the same political party that last held the seat.[4]

The vacancy must be filled by the respective party organizations covering the legislative district.[5] This must be voted on by the respective committeemen and committeewomen representing the legislative district.[6]

Elections

2012

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate 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. Jason Barickman (R) was unopposed in the general election and defeated incumbent Shane Cultra in the Republican primary.[7][8]

Illinois State Senate, District 53, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJason Barickman 100% 76,999
Total Votes 76,999
Illinois State Senate, District 53 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJason Barickman 62.4% 19,738
Shane Cultra 37.6% 11,878
Total Votes 31,616

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Illinois State Senate District 53 have raised a total of $3,133,477. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $348,164 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Illinois State Senate District 53
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $400,277 2 $200,139
2010 $0 1 $0
2008 $770,475 1 $770,475
2006 $0 1 $0
2004 $912,585 1 $912,585
2002 $948,454 2 $474,227
2000 $101,686 1 $101,686
Total $3,133,477 9 $348,164

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