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Michigan House of Representatives District 3

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Michigan House of Representatives District 3
Current incumbentJohn Olumba Independent
Gender53.1% Female, 46.9% Male
Race93.7% Black, 3.9% White, 1.8% Two or More Races, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% Other, 0.2% Asian
Ethnicity99.3% Non-Hispanic, 0.7% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Michigan's third state house district is held by independent Representative John Olumba.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 60,722 civilians reside within Michigan's third 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] Incumbent John Olumba (D) defeated Dolores Broderson (R) and Louis Novak (G) in the general election. Olumba defeated incumbent Jimmy Womack, Veronica Brown and Christopher Alan Owens in the Democratic primary. Broderson was unopposed in the Republican primary.[9][10]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 3, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Olumba Incumbent 95.9% 33,938
     Republican Dolores Broderson 2.9% 1,029
     Green Louis Novak 1.2% 436
Total Votes 35,403
Michigan House of Representatives, District 3 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Olumba Incumbent 52.1% 5,030
Jimmy Womack Incumbent 38.1% 3,676
Veronica Brown 7.9% 759
Christopher Owens 2% 195
Total Votes 9,660

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Maryland State House District 3 have raised a total of $255,564. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $5,216 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Maryland State House District 3
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $61,109 6 $10,185
2010 $16,379 8 $2,047
2008 $34,603 7 $4,943
2006 $27,641 11 $2,513
2004 $64,560 10 $6,456
2002 $42,277 4 $10,569
2000 $8,995 3 $2,998
Total $255,564 49 $5,216

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