Indiana House of Representatives District 16

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Indiana House of Representatives District 16
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Current incumbentDouglas Gutwein Republican Party
Population65,119
Race96.3% White, 0.6% Black, 0.3% Asian, 1.7% Other, 1.1% Two or More
Ethnicity4.5% Hispanic, 93.6% White Non-Hispanic
Voting age75.2% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Indiana's sixteenth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Douglas Gutwein.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 65,119 civilians reside within Indiana's sixteenth state house district.[1] Indiana state representatives represent an average of 64,838 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 60,805 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Indiana House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Indiana legislators assume office on the second Tuesday after the general election.

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Indiana House of Representatives a candidate must be:[2]

  • A United States citizen at the time of the election
  • Have resided in the state for at least two years and in the house district for at least one year before the election
  • Be at least twenty-one years old upon taking office
  • Registered to vote in the election district the person seeks to represent not later than the deadline for filing the declaration or petition of candidacy or certificate of nomination.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Indiana legislature are paid $22,616.46/year. Additionally, legislators receive $152/day per diem tied to the federal rate.[3]

Pensions

Indiana legislators created a 401(k) plan for themselves in 1989, becoming the first in the nation to do so. Lawmakers who took office after April 1989 were ineligible for the traditional pension plan, receiving the individual retirement account instead.

Legislators pay 5% of their annual salary into the 401(k). In 2007, they voted to include per diem allowances, expense payments and leadership stipends into the calculation, thus raising their retirement accounts.[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

Whenever there is a vacancy in the house, the state committee of the party that last held the seat must appoint a replacement. This is contingent upon the approval of the respective state chairperson of the party. Any vacant seat held by an independent must be filled by a special election.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Indiana House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 6, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Richard W. "Rich" Ludington was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Douglas L. Gutwein was unopposed in the Republican primary. Ludington will face Gutwein in the general election.[6][7]

2012

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Indiana House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on May 8, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 10, 2012. Incumbent Douglas Gutwein (R) defeated Richard Ludington (D) in the general election and defeated Diana J. Boersma in the Republican primary. Ludington defeated John Malan in the Democratic primary.[8][9]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDouglas Gutwein Incumbent 59% 14,409
     Democratic Richard Ludington 41% 10,029
Total Votes 24,438
Indiana House of Representatives, District 16 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Ludington 71.4% 1,226
John Malan 28.6% 490
Total Votes 1,716
Indiana House of Representatives, District 16 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDouglas Gutwein Incumbent 56.1% 4,769
Diana Boersma 43.9% 3,731
Total Votes 8,500

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Indiana House of Representatives District 16 have raised a total of $384,859. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $32,072 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Indiana House of Representatives District 16
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $113,589 3 $37,863
2010 $55,043 3 $18,348
2008 $24,104 2 $12,052
2006 $16,153 1 $16,153
2004 $40,679 1 $40,679
2002 $79,975 1 $79,975
2000 $55,316 1 $55,316
Total $384,859 12 $32,072

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