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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
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
Ethnicity96.9% Non-Hispanic, 3.1% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
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.[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 Margaret O'Brien (R) defeated Michael Martin (D) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the August 7 primary elections.[9][10]

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

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