Michigan House of Representatives District 1

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Michigan House of Representatives District 1
Current incumbentBrian Banks Democratic Party
Gender52.8% Female, 47.2% Male
Race61.1% White, 35.0% Black, 1.8% Two or More Races, 1.5% Asian, 0.4% Other, 0.2% Native American
Ethnicity98.3% Non-Hispanic, 1.7% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Michigan's first state house district is held by Democratic Representative Brian Banks.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 83,987 civilians reside within Michigan's first state house district.[1] Michigan state representatives represent an average of 89,851 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 90,349 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Michigan House of Representatives serve two-year terms with term limits.[4] Michigan legislators assume office the at noon on first day of January.


Section 7 of Article 4 of the Michigan Constitution states, "Each senator and representative must be a citizen of the United States, at least 21 years of age, and an elector of the district he represents. The removal of his domicile from the district shall be deemed a vacation of the office. No person who has been convicted of subversion or who has within the preceding 20 years been convicted of a felony involving a breach of public trust shall be eligible for either house of the legislature."


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Michigan Legislature are paid $71,685/year. Legislators can use up to $10,800/year for expenses.[5]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Michigan legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Michigan Term Limits Act in 1992. That initiative said that Michigan representatives are subject to term limits of no more than three two-year terms, or a total of six years.[4]

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1992 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2002.


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

Whenever a vacancy occurs in the house, it is up to the Governor to call for a special election. A special election must be held during the next scheduled general election.[6] If the vacancy happened after the statewide primary, leaders of the respective party organizations within the Senate district can submit a list of nominees to be voted on by party leadership. A vote must be held no later than 21 days after the vacancy.[7]



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 7, 2012 and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for major party candidates wishing to run in this election was May 15, 2012. The deadline for independent candidates was July 19, 2012. The deadline for write-in candidates was July 27, 2012.[8] Brian Banks (D) defeated Dan Schulte (R) in the general election. Banks defeated four others in the Democratic primary. Schulte was unopposed in the Republican primary.[9][10]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Banks 70.8% 27,843
     Republican Dan Schulte 29.2% 11,489
Total Votes 39,332
Michigan House of Representatives, District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Banks 30.8% 2,304
Scott Benson 29.6% 2,208
Christopher Cavanagh 17.1% 1,275
Valerie Kindle 16.5% 1,235
Gregory Robinson 6% 450
Total Votes 7,472

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Maryland State House District 1 have raised a total of $1,110,983. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $28,487 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Maryland State House District 1
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $71,967 6 $11,995
2010 $126,498 5 $25,300
2008 $375,616 10 $37,562
2006 $185,685 5 $37,137
2004 $121,610 4 $30,403
2002 $158,268 5 $31,654
2000 $71,339 4 $17,835
Total $1,110,983 39 $28,487

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