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Massachusetts House of Representatives Fourth Berkshire District

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Massachusetts House of Representatives Fourth Berkshire District
Current incumbentWilliam Pignatelli Democratic Party
Race95.15% White, 1.22% Black, 1.05% Asian
Ethnicity3.15% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Massachusetts' Fourth Berkshire state house district is represented by Democratic Representative William Pignatelli.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 39,077 civilians reside within Massachusetts' Fourth Berkshire state house district.[1] Massachusetts state representatives represent an average of 40,923 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 39,682 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Massachusetts legislators assume office the first Wednesday in January after the election.


Article LXXI of the Massachusetts Constitution states: Every representative, for one year at least immediately preceding his election, shall have been an inhabitant of the district for which he is chosen and shall cease to represent such district when he shall cease to be an inhabitant of the commonwealth.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Massachusetts General Court are paid $61,133/year. Legislators receive between $10/day to $100/day per diem, depending on distance from the state house. Compensation is vouchered and set by the legislature.[4]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be conducted to fill the vacant seat. The election must be held on the next regularly scheduled date on the election calendar.[5] Local governments who conduct special elections receive reimbursement from the State Treasurer's office for all costs incurred.[6]



See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Massachusetts House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on September 6, 2012 and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 29, 2012.[7] Incumbent William Pignatelli (D) defeated Lee Scott Laugenour (G) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the September 6 primary elections.[8][9]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fourth Berkshire District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Pignatelli Incumbent 82.1% 16,670
     Green Lee Laugenour 17.9% 3,624
Total Votes 20,294

Campaign contributions

Since 2012, candidates for Massachusetts House of Representatives Fourth Berkshire District have raised a total of $79,682. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $39,841 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Massachusetts House of Representatives Fourth Berkshire District
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $79,682 2 $39,841
Total $79,682 2 $39,841
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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