Kansas House of Representatives District 56

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Kansas House of Representatives District 56
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Current incumbentVirgil Weigel Democratic Party
Population20,158
Ethnicity7.9% Black, 7.5% Hispanic
Voting age79% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Kansas' fifty-sixth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Virgil Weigel.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 20,158 civilians reside within Kansas' fifty-sixth 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

2014

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Kansas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 2, 2014. Incumbent Virgil Weigel was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Lane Hemsley defeated Evan Lancaster and Shawn Powell in the Republican primary. Hemsley defeated Weigel in the general election.[6][7]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 56 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLane Hemsley 61.4% 1,308
Shawn Powell 21.7% 462
Evan Lancaster 16.9% 360
Total Votes 2,130

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. Virgil Weigel (D) defeated Janet Mitchell (R) in the general election and was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Mitchell defeated LaVern Abney in the Republican primary.[8][9]

Kansas House of Representatives, District 56, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngVirgil Weigel 51.9% 4,989
     Republican Janet Mitchell 48.1% 4,628
Total Votes 9,617
Kansas House of Representatives, District 56 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJanet Mitchell 79.9% 1,946
LaVern Abney 20.1% 489
Total Votes 2,435

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Kansas House of Representatives District 56 have raised a total of $283,125. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $13,482 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Kansas House of Representatives District 56
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $27,586 4 $6,897
2010 $48,744 4 $12,186
2008 $33,668 2 $16,834
2006 $52,735 2 $26,368
2004 $55,311 4 $13,828
2002 $39,271 3 $13,090
2000 $25,810 2 $12,905
Total $283,125 21 $13,482

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