Kansas House of Representatives District 1

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Kansas House of Representatives District 1
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Current incumbentMichael Houser Republican Party
Population20,329
Ethnicity0.6% Black, 1.3% Hispanic
Voting age75% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Kansas' first state house district is represented by Republican Representative Michael Houser.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 20,329 civilians reside within Kansas' first state house district.[1] Kansas state representatives represent an average of 22,825 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 21,507 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Kansas House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Kansas legislators assume office the second Monday of January after their election.

Qualifications

Section 4 of Article 2 of the Kansas Constitution states, "During the time that any person is a candidate for nomination or election to the legislature and during the term of each legislator, such candidate or legislator shall be and remain a qualified elector who resides in his or her district."

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Kansas legislature are paid $88.50/day. Additionally, legislators receive $118/day per diem tied to the federal rate.[2]

Pension

As of 2011, when pensions are calculated for Kansas legislators, their normal annual salary is inflated by nearly $78,000. This is composed of $32,982, which comes from multiplying their daily salary by 372 (the number of days they would work if in session every day and if every month had 31 days), $45,756 from adding in their daily per diem (also based on 372 days), and $7,083 from expense payments. According to Sen. Steve Morris, this is intended as compensation because of low legislative salaries which are seen as difficult to raise.[3]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

The Governor is responsible for filling all vacancies in the house.

The political party committee that last held the vacant seat must call for a convention within 21 days of the vacancy. The convention is designed to select the Governor's appointee and involves all the committeemen and committeewomen that represent the vacant house district.[4]

The committeemen and committeewomen present for voting must approve a replacement on a simple majority vote. Once the vote has been conducted, the party committee must send the paperwork certifying the selection to the Governor within 24 hours or the next business day. The Governor has seven days after receiving the paperwork to act on the appointment.[5]

Elections

2012

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Kansas House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 7, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 11, 2012. Michael Houser (R) defeated Grant Randall (D) in the general election. Randall was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Houser defeated Lance Nichols and Brad Bolin in the Republican primary.[6][7]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Houser 54% 4,823
     Democratic Grant Randall 46% 4,115
Total Votes 8,938
Kansas House of Representatives, District 1 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Houser 57.6% 1,480
Lance Nichols 24.8% 638
Brad Bolin 17.5% 450
Total Votes 2,568

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Kansas House of Representatives District 1 have raised a total of $265,955. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $22,163 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Kansas House of Representatives District 1
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $48,610 4 $12,153
2010 $52,070 2 $26,035
2008 $28,613 1 $28,613
2006 $34,404 1 $34,404
2004 $33,939 2 $16,970
2002 $37,251 1 $37,251
2000 $31,068 1 $31,068
Total $265,955 12 $22,163

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