Michigan State Senate District 12

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Michigan State Senate District 12
Current incumbentJames Marleau Republican Party
Gender50.9% Female, 49.1% Male
Race75.7% White, 14.5% Black, 4.9% Asian, 2.5% Two or More Races, 2.1% Other, 0.3% Native American
Ethnicity93.5% Non-Hispanic, 6.5% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Michigan's twelfth state senate district is held by Republican Senator James Marleau.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 284,223 civilians reside within Michigan's twelfth state senate district.[1] Michigan state senators represent an average of 260,096 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 261,538 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Michigan State Senate serve four-year terms with term limits.[4] Senators are elected at the same time as the governor and serve four-year terms concurrent with the governor's term of office. Senate elections are offset by two years from U.S. Presidential elections (e.g., Presidential elections were in 2000 and 2004, senate elections were in 2002 and 2006). 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 senators are subject to term limits of no more than two four-year terms, or a total of eight years. Senators who have not served more than half of someone else's Senate term are eligible for two full terms (i.e. - eight years). Michigan legislators assume office the at noon on first day of January.[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 senate, 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 State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Michigan State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 3, 2010 and a general election on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for major party candidates wishing to run in this election was May 11, 2010. The deadline for independent candidates was July 15, 2010.[8] James Marleau (R) defeated Casandra Ulbrich (D) in the general election. Marleau defeated five others in the Republican primary. Ulbrich defeated Ted Golden in the Democratic primary.[9][10]

Michigan State Senate, District 12, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Marleau 60.9% 56,894
     Democratic Casandra Ulbrich 39.1% 36,526
Total Votes 93,420
Michigan State Senate, District 12 Republican Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Marleau 32% 10,676
Kim Russell 24.5% 8,185
Copper Rizzo 22.9% 7,633
John Garfield 9.6% 3,193
Gene Taliercio 7.5% 2,494
Lois Golden 3.6% 1,209
Total Votes 33,390
Michigan State Senate, District 12 Democratic Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCasandra Ulbrich 71.6% 7,708
Ted Golden 28.4% 3,062
Total Votes 10,770

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Michigan State Senate District 12 have raised a total of $1,085,518. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $108,552 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Michigan State Senate District 12
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $462,827 7 $66,118
2006 $97,734 1 $97,734
2002 $524,957 2 $262,479
Total $1,085,518 10 $108,552

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