Massachusetts State Senate Plymouth & Barnstable District

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Massachusetts State Senate Plymouth & Barnstable District
Current incumbentTherese Murray Democratic Party
Population158,894
Race93.20% White, 1.82% Black, 1.36% Asian, 0.95% Other, 0.65% Native American, 0.36% Two or More Races, 0.05% Pacific Islander
Ethnicity98.39% Non-Hispanic, 1.61% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Massachusetts' Plymouth & Barnstable state senate district is held by Democratic Senate President Therese Murray.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 158,894 civilians reside within Massachusetts' Plymouth & Barnstable 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 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. Matthew Patrick was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Vinny deMacedo was unopposed in the Republican primary. DeMacedo defeated Patrick and Heather Mullins (L) 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 Therese Murray (D) defeated Thomas Francis Keyes (R) in the general election. Murray defeated Stephen Palmer in the Democratic primary. Keyes was unopposed in the Republican primary.[9][10]

Massachusetts State Senate, Plymouth and Barnstable District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTherese Murray Incumbent 58.2% 49,723
     Republican Thomas Francis Keyes 41.8% 35,776
Total Votes 85,499
Massachusetts State Senate, Plymouth and Barnstable District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTherese Murray Incumbent 86.8% 9,176
Stephen Palmer 13.2% 1,400
Total Votes 10,576

Campaign contributions

Since 2012, candidates for Massachusetts State Senate Plymouth & Barnstable District have raised a total of $939,067. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $313,022 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Massachusetts State Senate Plymouth & Barnstable District
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $939,067 3 $313,022
Total $939,067 3 $313,022
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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