Michigan State Senate District 26

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Michigan State Senate District 26
Current incumbentDavid Robertson Republican Party
Gender51.2% Female, 48.8% Male
Race87.2% White, 7.9% Black, 1.3% Asian, 0.9% Other, 0.9% Two or More Races, 0.5% Native American
Ethnicity96.2% Non-Hispanic, 3.8% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Michigan's twenty-sixth state senate district is held by Republican Senator David Robertson.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 275,787 civilians reside within Michigan's twenty-sixth 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, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Jim Walters was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Tonya Schuitmaker was unopposed in the Republican primary. Schuitmaker defeated Walters and William Wenzel (L) in the general election.[8][9][10]

Michigan State Senate, District 26 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTonya Schuitmaker Incumbent 61.4% 47,244
     Democratic Jim Walters 34.8% 26,782
     Libertarian William Wenzel 3.8% 2,944
Total Votes 76,970


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.[11] David Robertson (R) defeated Paula Zelenko (D) and Mark Sanborn (I) in the general election. Robertson defeated Fran Amos, Michael Matheny and Tim Terpening in the Republican primary. Zelenko defeated Jim Slezak and Katherine Houston in the Democratic primary.[12][13]

Michigan State Senate, District 26, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Robertson 55% 49,700
     Democratic Paula Zelenko 40.1% 36,231
     Independent Mark Sanborn 4.9% 4,427
Total Votes 90,358

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Michigan State Senate District 26 have raised a total of $1,486,073. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $123,839 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Michigan State Senate District 26
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $855,905 6 $142,651
2006 $366,404 3 $122,135
2002 $263,764 3 $87,921
Total $1,486,073 12 $123,839

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