Massachusetts State Senate Hampden District
|Massachusetts State Senate Hampden District|
|Current incumbent||James Welch|
|Race||40.79% White, 17.26% Black, 2.72% Asian, 0.55% Two or More Races, 0.41% Native American, 0.21% Other, 0.07% Pacific Islander|
|Ethnicity||62.00% Non-Hispanic, 38.00% Hispanic|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 157,219 civilians reside within Massachusetts' Hampden state senate district. Massachusetts state senators represent an average of 163,691 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 158,727 residents.
About the office
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.
If there is a vacancy in the senate, 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. Local governments who conduct special elections receive reimbursement from the State Treasurer's office for all costs incurred.
Elections for the office of Massachusetts State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election was held on September 9, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent James Welch was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.
Elections for the office of Massachusetts State Senate 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. Incumbent James Welch (D) was unopposed in the general election. Welch defeated Melvin A. Edwards in the Democratic primary.
|Massachusetts State Senate, Hampden District Democratic Primary, 2012|
|James Welch Incumbent||61.3%||6,244|
Since 2012, candidates for Massachusetts State Senate Hampden District have raised a total of $132,675. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $66,338 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Massachusetts State Senate Hampden District|
|* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.|
- For more information on the parameters the U.S. Census Bureau use, please see our Race and Ethnicity on the United States Census page.
- Massachusetts Legislature, "Senate District Statistics." Retrieved November 2, 2013
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- Massachusetts General Court, "Massachusetts Election Law," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Section Chapter 3: Section 10A)
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