Louisiana House of Representatives District 17

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Louisiana House of Representatives District 17
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Current incumbentMarcus Hunter Democratic Party
Population38,916
Ethnicity87% Black, 1% Hispanic
Voting age69% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 21, 2015
Louisiana's seventeenth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Marcus Hunter.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 38,916 civilians reside within Louisiana's seventeenth state house district.[1] Louisiana state representatives represent an average of 43,175 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 42,562 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Louisiana House of Representatives serve four-year terms with term limits, limiting Representatives to three terms (a total of twelve years).[2] The Louisiana House of Representatives is one of the five state legislative lower houses whose members are elected to four-year terms, as opposed to the more common two-year term. Louisiana legislators assume office at noon on the second Monday in January after their election.

Qualifications

In order to run for office, the following qualifications are in place:[3]

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be a resident of the district they seek to hold office to for a minimum of two years.
  • Must not have served more than two and one half terms previously in office. This is for any candidate who has held office in the past after January 8, 1996.
  • Have not been convicted of a felony offense.
  • Have no outstanding fines with the Louisiana Ethics Administration Program.
  • Pay a $225 filing fee with the Clerk of Court in the parish they reside in or collect 400 signatures.
  • If running as a Republican or Democrat, pay an additional $112.50 filing fee with the state and/or parish executive committee of their party.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Louisiana legislature are paid $16,800/year. Additionally, legislators receive $6,000/year for expenses and $149/day per diem tied to the federal rate.[4]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Louisiana legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Of the 15 states, it is the only state where term limits were imposed by the state's legislators, rather than through the ballot initiative process. Under Louisiana's term limits, state representatives can serve no more than three 4-year terms in the house.[2]

The state's term limits law was enacted in 1995. The first year that the term limits enacted in 1995 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2007.

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, the vacant seat must be filled by a special election. An election is required if there is six months or more left in the unexpired term. The Speaker of the House must call for an election no later than 10 days after the vacancy occurred. The Speaker of the House must determine the dates for the election along with all filing deadlines. The person elected to the seat serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.[5]

Elections

2011

See also: Louisiana House of Representatives elections, 2011

Elections for the office of Louisiana House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on October 22, 2011, and a general election on November 19, 2011. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was September 8, 2011. Marcus Hunter (D) faced Otis Chisley (D), Billye Burns (D) and Brenda Shelling (D) in the primary election on October 22 and defeated Burns in the general election, which took place on November 19.[6][7]

Louisiana House of Representatives District 17 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarcus Hunter 50% 1,984
     Democratic Billy Burns 50% 1,981
Total Votes 3,965

Campaign contributions

Since 2003, candidates for Louisiana House of Representatives District 17 have raised a total of $395,677. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $39,568 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Louisiana House of Representatives District 17
Year Amount Candidates Average
2011 $80,705 4 $20,176
2007 $303,423 5 $60,685
2003 $11,549 1 $11,549
Total $395,677 10 $39,568

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