Massachusetts State Senate Hampden District

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Massachusetts State Senate Hampden District
Current incumbentJames Welch Democratic Party
Population157,219
Race40.79% White, 17.26% Black, 2.72% Asian, 0.55% Two or More Races, 0.41% Native American, 0.21% Other, 0.07% Pacific Islander
Ethnicity62.00% Non-Hispanic, 38.00% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Massachusetts' Hampden state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator James Welch.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 157,219 civilians reside within Massachusetts' Hampden state senate district.[1] Massachusetts state senators represent an average of 163,691 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 158,727 residents.[3]

About the office

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

Qualifications

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.

Salaries

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]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

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.[5] Local governments who conduct special elections receive reimbursement from the State Treasurer's office for all costs incurred.[6]

Elections

2014

See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Massachusetts State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on September 9, 2014, and a general election will take place 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 is unopposed in the general election.[7]

2012

See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

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.[8] Incumbent James Welch (D) was unopposed in the general election. Welch defeated Melvin A. Edwards in the Democratic primary.[9][10]

Massachusetts State Senate, Hampden District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Welch Incumbent 61.3% 6,244
Melvin Edwards 38.7% 3,936
Total Votes 10,180

Campaign contributions

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
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $132,675 2 $66,338
Total $132,675 2 $66,338
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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