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Maine State Senate District 23
|Maine State Senate District 23|
|Current incumbent||Michael Thibodeau|
|Ethnicity||0.4% Black, 0.7% Hispanic|
|Voting age||79% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
Maine's twenty-third state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Michael Thibodeau.
As of the 2010 census, a total of 38,786 civilians reside within Maine's twenty-third state senate district. Maine state senators represent an average of 37,953 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 36,426 residents.
About the chamber
Section 6 of Part 2 of Article 4 of the Maine Constitution states, "The Senators shall be 25 years of age at the commencement of the term, for which they are elected, and in all other respects their qualifications shall be the same as those of the Representatives."
Section 4 of Part 1 of Article 4 of the Maine Constitution states, "Qualifications; residency requirement. No person shall be a member of the House of Representatives, unless the person shall, at the commencement of the period for which the person is elected, have been 5 years a citizen of the United States, have arrived at the age of 21 years, have been a resident in this State one year; and for the 3 months next preceding the time of this person's election shall have been, and, during the period for which elected, shall continue to be a resident in the district which that person represents."
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
As of 2013, members of the Maine legislature are paid $13,852/year (first regular session) and $9,661/year (second regular session). Legislators receive $38/day per diem for one of two options: housing or mileage and tolls. Additionally, legislators receive $32/day for meals.
- See also: State legislatures with term limits
The Maine legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Maine Term Limits Act in 1993. That initiative said that Maine senators are subject to term limits of no more than four two-year terms, or a total of eight years.
If there is a vacancy in the senate, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. The Governor must call for an election and allow all political committees representing the vacant seat to set all deadlines. The person elected to the seat serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.
- See also: Maine State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of Maine State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 17, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the primary election was April 28, 2014, and the deadline for non-party candidates to run in the general election was June 2, 2014. District 19 incumbent Eloise Vitelli was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Linda Baker was unopposed in the Republican primary. Baker defeated Vitelli and Alice Knapp (G) in the general election.
|Maine State Senate District 23, General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Eloise Vitelli Incumbent||40%||7,880|
- See also: Maine State Senate elections, 2012
Elections for the office of Maine State Senate consisted of a primary election on June 12, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 15, 2012. Incumbent Michael Thibodeau (R) defeated Glenn Curry (D) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.
|Maine State Senate, District 23, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Michael Thibodeau Incumbent||53.6%||10,747|
Since 2000, candidates for Maine State Senate District 23 have raised a total of $342,639. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $20,155 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Maine State Senate District 23|
- For more information on the parameters the U.S. Census Bureau use, please see our Race and Ethnicity on the United States Census page.
- publicmapping.org, "Maine 2010 Census Selected Statistics," accessed October 17, 2013
- ncsl.org, "Chart of Term Limits States," accessed December 16, 2013
- NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
- Maine Legislature, "Maine Election Law," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statute 21A-381)
- Maine Legislature, "Maine Election Law," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statute 21A-382)
- Maine Legislature, "Constitution of Maine," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Section Article IV, Section 5)
- Maine Legislature, "Maine Election Law," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statute 21A-361)
- Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions, "List of Primary Candidates," accessed May 8, 2014
- Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions, "List of Non-Party Candidates," accessed June 2, 2014
- Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions, "Primary Election - June 10, 2014," accessed December 5, 2014
- Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions, "General Election - November 4, 2014," accessed December 5, 2014
- "Maine Secretary of State - Official primary results," accessed October 17, 2013
- "Maine Secretary of State - Official general election results," accessed October 17, 2013