Michigan House of Representatives District 49
|Michigan House of Representatives District 49|
|Current incumbent||Phil Phelps|
|Gender||52.4% Female, 47.6% Male|
|Race||67.1% White, 27.0% Black, 3.3% Two or More Races, 1.1% Asian, 0.9% Other, 0.5% Native American|
|Ethnicity||96.6% Hispanic, 3.4% Non-Hispanic|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 82,828 civilians reside within Michigan's forty-ninth 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.
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. 
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 49, Special Election, 2013|
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 49 Republican Primary, 2013|
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 Jim Ananich (D) defeated Robert J. Daunt (R) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the August 7 primary elections.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 49, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Jim Ananich Incumbent||74.5%||28,275|
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|
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