Michigan House of Representatives District 39

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Michigan House of Representatives District 39
Current incumbentKlint Kesto Republican Party
Gender51.3% Female, 48.7% Male
Race83.5% White, 7.8% Black, 6.2% Asian, 1.8% Two or More Races, 0.4% Other, 0.2% Native American
Ethnicity98.0% Non-Hispanic, 2.0% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Michigan's thirty-ninth state house district is held by Republican Representative Klint Kesto.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 92,452 civilians reside within Michigan's thirty-ninth 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, 2010

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] Klint Kesto (R) defeated Pam Jackson (D) in the general election. Kesto defeated five others in the Republican primary. Jackson defeated Regina Strong in the Democratic primary.[9][10]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKlint Kesto Incumbent 53.3% 24,382
     Democratic Pam Jackson 46.7% 21,403
Total Votes 45,785
Michigan House of Representatives, District 39 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKlint Kesto 28.2% 2,626
Brad Hantler 21.6% 2,012
Kristine Zrinyi 17.1% 1,590
Nicholas Kennedy 17% 1,578
Bubba Urdan 14.3% 1,327
Albert Clawson 1.8% 172
Total Votes 9,305
Michigan House of Representatives, District 39 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPam Jackson 68.1% 3,722
Regina Strong 31.9% 1,746
Total Votes 5,468

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 39 have raised a total of $3,290,689. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $109,690 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Michigan House of Representatives District 39
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $521,152 8 $65,144
2010 $532,517 3 $177,506
2008 $623,850 6 $103,975
2006 $965,572 2 $482,786
2004 $388,550 5 $77,710
2002 $190,159 4 $47,540
2000 $68,889 2 $34,445
Total $3,290,689 30 $109,690

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