Kansas House of Representatives District 44

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Kansas House of Representatives District 44
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Current incumbentBarbara Ballard Democratic Party
Population21,762
Ethnicity5% Black, 5.2% Hispanic
Voting age87.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Kansas' forty-fourth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Barbara Ballard.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 21,762 civilians reside within Kansas' forty-fourth 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. Incumbent Barbara Ballard defeated Patrick Bengtson (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[6][7]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 44, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Ballard Incumbent 71.1% 7,965
     Republican Patrick Bengtson 28.9% 3,245
Total Votes 11,210

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Kansas House of Representatives District 44 have raised a total of $157,266. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $15,727 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Kansas House of Representatives District 44
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $57,008 2 $28,504
2010 $11,951 1 $11,951
2008 $11,192 1 $11,192
2006 $25,692 2 $12,846
2004 $13,032 1 $13,032
2002 $8,307 1 $8,307
2000 $30,084 2 $15,042
Total $157,266 10 $15,727

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