Michigan State Senate District 14

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Michigan State Senate District 14
Current incumbentVincent Gregory Democratic Party
Gender53.5% Female, 46.7% Male
Race56.3% White, 35.6% Black, 0.4% Other, 4.7% Asian, 2.6% Two or More Races, 0.3% Native American
Ethnicity98.2% Non-Hispanic, 1.8% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Michigan's fourteenth state senate district is held by Democratic Senate Minority Whip Vincent Gregory.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 257,297 civilians reside within Michigan's fourteenth 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] Vincent Gregory (D) defeated Michael Peters (R) and Karen Shelley (G) in the general election. Gregory defeated five others in the Democratic primary. Peters defeated Robert Vaughan and James Hardin in the Republican primary. Shelley was unopposed in the Green Party primary.[9][10]

Michigan State Senate, District 14, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngVincent Gregory 64.7% 62,863
     Republican Michael Peters 32.9% 31,944
     Green Karen Shelley 2.5% 2,415
Total Votes 97,222
Michigan State Senate, District 14 Democratic Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngVincent Gregory 39.6% 9,200
David Coulter 32.6% 7,564
Jenifer Franklin 17.6% 4,099
Howard Worthy 3.8% 877
Anthony McDonald 3.2% 753
Derhun Sanders 3.2% 745
Total Votes 23,238
Michigan State Senate, District 14 Republican Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Peters 49% 7,239
Robert Vaughan 29.7% 4,382
James Hardin 21.3% 3,151
Total Votes 14,772

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Michigan State Senate District 14 have raised a total of $457,910. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $57,239 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Michigan State Senate District 14
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $126,698 6 $21,116
2006 $166,823 1 $166,823
2002 $164,389 1 $164,389
Total $457,910 8 $57,239

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