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Michigan House of Representatives District 53

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Michigan House of Representatives District 53
Current incumbentJeff Irwin Democratic Party
Gender50.8% Female, 49.2% Male
Race76.1% White, 10.7% Asian, 8.1% Black, 3.7% Two or More Races, 1.1% Other, 0.3% Native American
Ethnicity95.7% Non-Hispanic, 4.3% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Michigan's fifty-third state house district is held by Democratic Representative Jeff Irwin.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 92,659 civilians reside within Michigan's fifty-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 Jeff Irwin (D) defeated John J. Spisak (R) in the general election. Irwin defeated Thomas Partridge in the Democratic primary. Spisak was unopposed in the Republican primary.[9][10]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 53, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Irwin Incumbent 80.9% 32,576
     Republican John Spisak 19.1% 7,672
Total Votes 40,248
Michigan House of Representatives, District 53 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Irwin Incumbent 88.4% 5,542
Thomas Partridge 11.6% 725
Total Votes 6,267

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 53 have raised a total of $557,186. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $46,432 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Michigan House of Representatives District 53
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $29,067 1 $29,067
2010 $167,008 2 $83,504
2008 $62,973 1 $62,973
2006 $157,405 3 $52,468
2004 $50,099 2 $25,050
2002 $37,115 1 $37,115
2000 $53,519 2 $26,760
Total $557,186 12 $46,432

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