Maine state legislative districts

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Including non-voting seats, there are a total of 188 seats in the Maine State Legislature. All 35 seats of the Maine State Senate and all 151 voting seats of the Maine House of Representatives are up for election every two years.

Chambers

Senate

The Maine State Senate is the upper house of the Maine Legislature. The Senate consists of 35 members representing an equal number of districts across the state. Unlike the Maine House of Representatives, the Senate does not set aside non-voting seats for Native tribes. Members of the Maine State Senate serve four-year terms with term limits.[1] Each member represents an average of 37,953 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 36,426 residents.[3]

House

The Maine House of Representatives is the lower house of the Maine State Legislature. It has 153 members, two of whom are non-voting. 151 of them are elected from each of 151 districts in the state. The two non-voting members represent Native American tribes based in the state. Members of the Maine House of Representatives serve two-year terms with term limits.[1] Each member represents an average of 8,682 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[4] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 8,333 residents.[5]

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Qualifications

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."

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
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If there is a vacancy in the senate, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat.[6][7] The Governor must call for an election and allow all political committees representing the vacant seat to set all deadlines.[8][6][7] The person elected to the seat serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.[9]

Term limits

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.

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1993 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 1996.[1]

Districts

These are links to every district in the Maine State Senate.

Qualifications

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."

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
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If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat.[6][7] The Governor must call for an election and allow all political committees representing the vacant seat to set all deadlines.[10][6][7] The person elected to the seat serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.[11]

Term limits

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 representatives are subject to term limits of no more than four two-year terms, or a total of eight years.

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1993 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 1996.[1]

Districts

These are links to every district in the Maine House of Representatives.

See also

External links

References