Michigan House of Representatives District 72

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Michigan House of Representatives District 72
Current incumbentKen Yonker Republican Party
Gender51.2% Female, 48.8% Male
Race79.5% White, 9.9% Black, 4.9% Asian, 2.9% Two or More Races, 2.3% Other, 0.4% Native American
Ethnicity93.9% Non-Hispanic, 6.1% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Michigan's seventy-second state house district is held by Republican Representative Ken Yonker.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 103,319 civilians reside within Michigan's seventy-second 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, 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. Kemal Hamulic was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Ken Yonker defeated Gabe Hudson in the Republican primary.[8][9]


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.[10] Incumbent Ken Yonker (R) defeated Scott Urbanowski (D) and William R. Wenzel (L) in the general election. The former two candidates were unopposed in the August 7 primary elections.[11][12]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 72, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKen Yonker Incumbent 58.5% 24,653
     Democratic Scott Urbanowski 37.9% 15,982
     Libertarian William Wenzel 3.5% 1,481
Total Votes 42,116

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 72 have raised a total of $770,973. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $45,351 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Michigan House of Representatives District 72
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $74,545 1 $74,545
2010 $109,333 3 $36,444
2008 $277,354 6 $46,226
2006 $57,020 1 $57,020
2004 $50,372 2 $25,186
2002 $133,834 3 $44,611
2000 $68,515 1 $68,515
Total $770,973 17 $45,351

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