Massachusetts House of Representatives Twenty-first Middlesex District

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Massachusetts House of Representatives Twenty-first Middlesex District
Current incumbentKenneth Gordon Democratic Party
Race83.59% White, 2.72% Black, 11.16% Asian
Ethnicity2.41% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Massachusetts' Twenty-first Middlesex state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Kenneth Gordon.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 41,415 civilians reside within Massachusetts' Twenty-first Middlesex state house district.[1] Massachusetts state senators 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] Kenneth Gordon (D), selected as the Democratic nominee after incumbent Charles Murphy withdrew following the primary, defeated Walter Zenkin (R) in the general election.[8][9]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Twenty-First Middlesex District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKenneth Gordon 55.3% 11,802
     Republican Walter Zenkin 44.7% 9,549
Total Votes 21,351

Campaign contributions

Since 2012, candidates for Massachusetts House of Representatives Twenty-first Middlesex District have raised a total of $134,251. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $44,750 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Massachusetts House of Representatives Twenty-first Middlesex District
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $134,251 3 $44,750
Total $134,251 3 $44,750
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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