Michigan House of Representatives District 49

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Michigan House of Representatives District 49
Current incumbentPhil Phelps Democratic Party
Population82,828
Gender52.4% Female, 47.6% Male
Race67.1% White, 27.0% Black, 3.3% Two or More Races, 1.1% Asian, 0.9% Other, 0.5% Native American
Ethnicity96.6% Hispanic, 3.4% Non-Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Michigan's forty-ninth state house district is held by Democratic Representative Phil Phelps.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 82,828 civilians reside within Michigan's forty-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.

Qualifications

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."

Salaries

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.

Vacancies

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]

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Incumbent Phil Phelps defeated Kyle Cawood in the Democratic primary. Lu Penton was unopposed in the Republican primary.[8][9][10]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 49 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Phelps Incumbent 78.6% 4,563
Kyle Cawood 21.4% 1,242
Total Votes 5,805

2013

See also: Michigan state legislative special elections, 2013

Phil Phelps (D) won election in a special election for Michigan House of Representatives District 49. The seat was vacant following Jim Ananich's (D) election to the Michigan State Senate on May 7. Phelps defeated five others in the August 6 Democratic primary and defeated Don Pfeiffer (R) and Pat Clawson (L) in the special election, which took place on November 5. Pfeiffer defeated Patrick Duvendeck in the August 6 Republican primary.[11][12][13][14][15][16] [17][18][19]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 49, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Phelps 63.4% 4,894
     Republican Don Pfeiffer 32.4% 2,501
     Libertarian Pat Clawson 4.2% 323
Total Votes 7,718

2012

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.[20] Incumbent Jim Ananich (D) defeated Robert J. Daunt (R) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the August 7 primary elections.[21][22]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 49, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Ananich Incumbent 74.5% 28,275
     Republican Robert Daunt 25.5% 9,674
Total Votes 37,949

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 49 have raised a total of $558,567. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $46,547 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Michigan House of Representatives District 49
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $133,454 1 $133,454
2010 $98,168 2 $49,084
2008 $44,903 1 $44,903
2006 $43,016 1 $43,016
2004 $167,852 4 $41,963
2002 $44,929 1 $44,929
2000 $26,245 2 $13,123
Total $558,567 12 $46,547

See also

External links

References

  1. Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, "Demographic Profiles of Michigan House Districts: 2010 Census." Retrieved October 29, 2013
  2. United States Census Bureau, "2010 Census Interactive Population Search," accessed September 11, 2013
  3. U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population," April 2, 2001. Accessed February 13, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 michiganinbrief.org, "Term limits," accessed December 17, 2013
  5. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  6. Michigan Legislature, "Michigan Election Law," accessed December 17, 2013(Referenced Statute 168.178, Michigan Compiled Laws)
  7. Michigan Legislature, "Michigan Election Law," accessed December 17, 2013(Referenced Statute 168.634 (1)-(2), Michigan Compiled Laws)
  8. Michigan Secretary of State, "Representative in State Legislature," accessed August 6, 2014
  9. Michigan Secretary of State, "2014 Official Michigan Primary Candidate Listing," accessed May 27, 2014
  10. Michigan Secretary of State, "2014 Official Michigan General Candidate Listing," accessed September 8, 2014
  11. freep.com, "Snyder calls special election for state House seat," May 15, 2013
  12. mlive.com, "Six Democrats, two Republicans face off in 49th District state House primary election," June 4, 2013
  13. mlive.com, "Phil Phelps wins Democratic primary for 49th District state House seat," August 6, 2013
  14. mlive.com, "Don Pfeiffer wins Republican primary for 49th District state House seat," August 6, 2013
  15. mlive.com, "Libertarian candidate Pat Clawson joins race for 49th District state House seat," August 7, 2013
  16. co.genesee.mi.us, "Unofficial election results," November 5, 2013
  17. miboecfr.nictusa.com, "Official Democratic primary results," accessed November 19, 2013
  18. miboecfr.nictusa.com, "Official Republican primary results," accessed November 19, 2013
  19. miboecfr.nictusa.com, "Official special election results," accessed November 19, 2013
  20. Michigan Secretary of State, "2012 Michigan Election Dates.” Retrieved October 29, 2013
  21. Michigan Secretary of State, 2012 primary election results. Retrieved October 29, 2013
  22. Michigan Secretary of State, 2010 general election results. Retrieved October 29, 2013