Kansas House of Representatives District 51
|Kansas House of Representatives District 51|
|Current incumbent||Ron Highland|
|Ethnicity||1.6% Black, 3.1% Hispanic|
|Voting age||74.6% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 22,133 civilians reside within Kansas' fifty-first state house district. Kansas state representatives represent an average of 22,825 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 21,507 residents.
About the chamber
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."
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Ron Highland (R) defeated Richard Pikul (D) in the general election. Pikul defeated Scott Briggs in the Democratic primary, while Highland defeated Dee McKee and Keen A. Umbehr in the Republican primary.
|Kansas House of Representatives, District 51, General Election, 2012|
|Kansas House of Representatives, District 51 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Kansas House of Representatives, District 51 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Keen A. Umbehr||23.2%||771|
Since 2000, candidates for Kansas House of Representatives District 51 have raised a total of $294,290. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $15,489 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Kansas House of Representatives District 51|
- publicmapping.org, "Kansas 2010 Census Selected Statistics," accessed October 17, 2013
- NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
- USA Today, "State lawmakers pump up pensions in ways you can't," September 23, 2011
- Kansas Legislature, "Kansas Statutes," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statute 25-3902 (a), Kansas Statutes)
- Kansas Legislature, "Kansas Statutes," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statute 25-3902 (g), (e), Kansas Statutes)
- "Kansas Secretary of State - Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed October 17, 2013
- "Kansas Secretary of State - Official 2012 General Election Results," accessed October 17, 2013
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