Indiana House of Representatives District 56

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Indiana House of Representatives District 56
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Current incumbentRichard Hamm Republican Party
Population64,869
Race89.7% White, 5.2% Black, 0.8% Asian, 1.5% Other, 2.7% Two or More
Ethnicity2.7% Hispanic, 88.5% White Non-Hispanic
Voting age77% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Indiana's fifty-sixth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Richard Hamm.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 64,869 civilians reside within Indiana's fifty-sixth 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 took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Phillip Pflum was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Richard "Dick" Hamm was unopposed in the Republican primary. Hamm defeated Pflum and Mark Brim (L) in the general election. Brim filed to run on July 2, 2014.[6][7][8]

Indiana House of Representatives 56, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard "Dick" Hamm Incumbent 59.3% 5,782
     Democratic Phillip Pflum 33.5% 3,266
     Libertarian Mark Brim 7.2% 705
Total Votes 9,753

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. Richard Hamm (R) defeated incumbent Phillip Pflum (D), William Eric Atkinson (R) and Mark Brim (L) in the general election. Pflum was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Hamm defeated Mark Ervin and Doug Williamson in the May primary.[9][10]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 56, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Hamm 49.3% 11,568
     Democratic Phillip Pflum Incumbent 44.6% 10,470
     Libertarian Mark Brim 6% 1,414
     Republican William Eric Atkinson (write-in) 0% 11
Total Votes 23,463
Indiana House of Representatives, District 56 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Hamm 51% 3,673
Doug Williamson 25.9% 1,865
Mark Ervin 23.1% 1,665
Total Votes 7,203

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Indiana House of Representatives District 56 have raised a total of $1,256,183. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $54,617 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Indiana House of Representatives District 56
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $212,905 6 $35,484
2010 $12,694 1 $12,694
2008 $11,528 2 $5,764
2006 $48,886 3 $16,295
2004 $346,496 6 $57,749
2002 $417,413 3 $139,138
2000 $206,261 2 $103,131
Total $1,256,183 23 $54,617

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