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Michigan House of Representatives District 61

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Michigan House of Representatives District 61
Current incumbentMargaret O'Brien Republican Party
Population103,705
Gender51.7% Female, 48.3% Male
Race85.7% White, 6.8% Black, 3.1% Asian, 2.9% Two or More Races, 1.0% Other, 0.4% Native American[1]
Ethnicity96.9% Non-Hispanic, 3.1% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Michigan's sixty-first state house district is held by Republican Representative Margaret O'Brien.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 103,705 civilians reside within Michigan's sixty-first state house district.[2] Michigan state representatives represent an average of 89,851 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 90,349 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the Michigan House of Representatives serve two-year terms with term limits.[5] 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.[6]

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.[5]

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.[7] 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.[8]

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

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. John Fisher was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Brandt Iden defeated Phil Stinchcomb in the Republican primary. Iden defeated Fisher and Michael Stampfler (L) in the general election.[9][10][11][12]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 61 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrandt Iden 48.4% 16,016
     Democratic John Fisher 42.7% 14,148
     Libertarian Michael Stampfler 8.9% 2,941
Total Votes 33,105
Michigan House of Representatives, District 61 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrandt Iden 55.4% 3,916
Phil Stinchcomb 44.6% 3,158
Total Votes 7,074

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.[13] Incumbent Margaret O'Brien (R) defeated Michael Martin (D) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the August 7 primary elections.[14][15]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 61, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMargaret O'Brien Incumbent 58.2% 27,726
     Democratic Michael Martin 41.8% 19,876
Total Votes 47,602

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 61 have raised a total of $1,192,884. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $62,783 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Michigan House of Representatives District 61
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $56,046 1 $56,046
2010 $71,968 2 $35,984
2008 $524,107 4 $131,027
2006 $117,874 3 $39,291
2004 $79,030 2 $39,515
2002 $77,455 3 $25,818
2000 $266,404 4 $66,601
Total $1,192,884 19 $62,783

See also

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References

  1. For more information on the parameters the U.S. Census Bureau use, please see our Race and Ethnicity on the United States Census page.
  2. Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, "Demographic Profiles of Michigan House Districts: 2010 Census." Retrieved October 29, 2013
  3. United States Census Bureau, "2010 Census Interactive Population Search," accessed September 11, 2013
  4. U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population," April 2, 2001. Accessed February 13, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 michiganinbrief.org, "Term limits," accessed December 17, 2013
  6. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  7. Michigan Legislature, "Michigan Election Law," accessed December 17, 2013(Referenced Statute 168.178, Michigan Compiled Laws)
  8. Michigan Legislature, "Michigan Election Law," accessed December 17, 2013(Referenced Statute 168.634 (1)-(2), Michigan Compiled Laws)
  9. Michigan Secretary of State, "Representative in State Legislature," accessed August 6, 2014
  10. Michigan Secretary of State, "Representative in State Legislature," accessed December 5, 2014
  11. Michigan Secretary of State, "2014 Official Michigan Primary Candidate Listing," accessed May 27, 2014
  12. Michigan Secretary of State, "2014 Official Michigan General Candidate Listing," accessed September 8, 2014
  13. Michigan Secretary of State, "2012 Michigan Election Dates.” Retrieved October 29, 2013
  14. Michigan Secretary of State, 2012 primary election results. Retrieved October 29, 2013
  15. Michigan Secretary of State, 2010 general election results. Retrieved October 29, 2013