Michigan House of Representatives District 44
|Michigan House of Representatives District 44|
|Current incumbent||Eileen Kowall|
|Gender||50.2% Female, 49.8% Male|
|Race||94.9% White, 1.7% Two or More Races, 1.2% Black, 1.1% Asian, 0.8% Other, 0.3% Native American|
|Ethnicity||96.7% Non-Hispanic, 3.3% Hispanic|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 49,124 civilians reside within Michigan's forty-fourth state house district. Michigan state representatives represent an average of 89,851 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 90,349 residents.
About the office
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.
- 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.
The first year that the term limits enacted in 1992 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2002.
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. 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.
Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Mark Venie was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Jim Runestad defeated Liz Fessler Smith, Dennis Garlick and Russ Tierney in the Republican primary. Runestad defeated Venie in the general election.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 44 General Election, 2014|
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 44 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Liz Fessler Smith||33.2%||3,559|
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. Incumbent Eileen Kowall (R) defeated Tom Crawford (D) in the general election. Kowall was unopposed in the Republican primary. Crawford defeated Mark Venie in the Democratic primary.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 44, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Eileen Kowall Incumbent||62.8%||29,772|
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 44 Democratic Primary, 2012|
Since 2000, candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 44 have raised a total of $586,763. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $36,673 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Michigan House of Representatives District 44|
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