Maryland State Senate District 47

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Maryland State Senate District 47
Current incumbentVictor Ramirez Democratic Party
Population124,377
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Maryland's forty-seventh state senate district is held by Democratic Senator Victor Ramirez.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 124,377 civilians reside within Maryland's forty-seventh 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 will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Incumbent Victor Ramirez defeated Walter Lee James, Jr. in the Democratic primary.[8][9]

Maryland State Senate, District 47 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngVictor Ramirez Incumbent 68.4% 4,981
Walter Lee James, Jr. 31.6% 2,296
Total Votes 7,277

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. Victor Ramirez (D) was unopposed in the general election and defeated David Harrington in the Democratic primary.[10][11]

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Maryland State Senate District 47 have raised a total of $634,801. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $45,343 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Maryland State Senate District 47
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $65,615 1 $65,615
2010 $244,882 2 $122,441
2008 $100 1 $100
2006 $85,431 2 $42,716
2004 $29,486 1 $29,486
2002 $209,287 7 $29,898
Total $634,801 14 $45,343

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