Indiana state legislative districts

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There are a total of 150 seats in the Indiana State Legislature. 125 seats, 25 of the Indiana State Senate and all 100 of the Indiana House of Representatives, are up for election every two years.

Chambers

Senate

The Indiana State Senate is the upper house in the Indiana Legislature. It consists of 50 members, each representing a district that is identified by a number. The Senators serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Half of the Senate is up for re-election every two years. Each member represents an average of 129,676 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 121,610 residents.[2]

House

The Indiana House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Indiana State Legislature. It has 100 members, who are each elected to two-year terms and serve without term limits. Each member represents an average of 64,838 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 60,805 residents.[4] Elections are held in even-numbered years.

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Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Indiana State Senate, a candidate must be:[5]

  • A United States citizen at the time of election
  • Have resided in the state for at least two years and in the senate district for at least one year before the election
  • Be at least twenty-five (25) 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

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

Whenever there is a vacancy in the Senate, the state committee of a political party must appoint a replacement. The appointee selected by the state committee is contingent upon the approval of the state party chairperson. A special election is only allowed if the vacant seat is left by an independent.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

Districts

These are links to every district in the Indiana State Senate.

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Indiana House of Representatives, a candidate must be:[9]

  • 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.

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.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12]

Districts

These are links to every district in the Indiana House of Representatives.


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