Louisiana State Senate District 34
|Louisiana State Senate District 34|
|Current incumbent||Francis C. Thompson|
|Ethnicity||64.4% Black, 1.4% Hispanic|
|Voting age||72.3% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 21, 2015|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 101,227 civilians reside within Louisiana's thirty-fourth state senate district. Louisiana state senators represent an average of 116,240 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 114,589 residents.
About the chamber
In order to run for office, the following qualifications are in place:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 senators can serve no more than three 4-year terms in the senate.
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.
If there is a vacancy in the senate, 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 Senate President must call for an election no later than 10 days after the vacancy happened. The Senate President 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.
- See also: Louisiana State Senate elections, 2011
Elections for the office of Louisiana State Senate 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. Incumbent Francis C. Thompson (D) was unopposed in the October 22 blanket primary.
Since 2007, candidates for Louisiana State Senate District 34 have raised a total of $585,779. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $146,445 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Louisiana State Senate District 34|
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- Louisiana Legislature, "Louisiana Election Code," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statute 18:601, Louisiana Statutes)
- "Louisiana Secretary of State - Official Primary Election Results," accessed October 17, 2013
- "Louisiana Secretary of State - Official General Election Results," accessed October 17, 2013