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Maryland State Senate District 38

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Maryland State Senate District 38
Current incumbentJames Mathias, Jr. Democratic Party
Population126,661
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Maryland's thirty-eighth state senate district is held by Democratic Senator James Mathias, Jr.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 126,661 civilians reside within Maryland's thirty-eighth state senate district.[1] Maryland state senators represent an average of 128,180 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 122,842 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Maryland State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Maryland legislators assume office the second Wednesday in January after the election.

Qualifications

Section 9 of Article 3 of the Maryland Constitution states, "A person is eligible to serve as a Senator or Delegate, who on the date of his election, (1) is a citizen of the State of Maryland, (2) has resided therein for at least one year next preceding that date, and (3) if the district which he has been chosen to represent has been established for at least six months prior to the date of his election, has resided in that district for six months next preceding that date.

If the district which the person has been chosen to represent has been established less than six months prior to the date of his election, then in addition to (1) and (2) above, he shall have resided in the district for as long as it has been established.

A person is eligible to serve as a Senator, if he has attained the age of twenty-five years, or as a Delegate, if he has attained the age of twenty-one years, on the date of his election.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Maryland legislature are paid $43,500/year. Legislators receive $100/day for lodging. Additionally, they receive $42 for meals and $225/day for out-of-state travel (which includes meals/lodging).[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

The Governor is responsible for filling all vacancies in the senate.[5]

The Governor has 30 days after the vacancy to make an appointment based on the recommendations of the political party committee that holds the vacant seat. The political party committee has up to 30 days after the vacancy to submit a list of recommended candidates to the Governor. If the party committee fails to act within the 30 day deadline, the Governor has 15 days to appoint a person from the political party that last held the seat.[6]

The person appointed to the seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Incumbent Jim Mathias was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Mike McDermott was unopposed in the Republican primary. Mathias defeated McDermott in the general election.[8][9]

Maryland State Senate District 38, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Mathias Incumbent 51.7% 20,221
     Republican Mike McDermott 48.3% 18,868
Total Votes 39,089

2010

See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Maryland State Senate consisted of a primary election on September 14, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 6, 2010. James Mathias, Jr. (D) defeated Michael James (R) and write-in candidate Charles Lehrer (D) in the general election. Mathias defeated Lehrer in the Democratic primary. James was unopposed in the Republican primary.[10][11]

Maryland State Senate, District 38, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames Mathias, Jr. 50.7% 23,559
     Republican Michael James 49.3% 22,919
Total Votes 46,481

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Maryland State Senate District 38 have raised a total of $1,107,165. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $123,018 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Maryland State Senate District 38
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $146,802 1 $146,802
2010 $548,545 3 $182,848
2008 $51,096 1 $51,096
2006 $110,178 1 $110,178
2004 $106,650 1 $106,650
2002 $143,894 2 $71,947
Total $1,107,165 9 $123,018

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