Michigan State Senate District 27

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Michigan State Senate District 27
Current incumbentJim Ananich Democratic Party
Gender51.9% Female, 48.1% Male
Race67.9% White, 27.3% Black, 2.8% Two or More Races, 0.8% Other, 0.7% Asian, 0.5% Native American
Ethnicity96.9% Non-Hispanic, 3.1% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Michigan's twenty-seventh state senate district is held by Democratic Senator Jim Ananich.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 256,301 civilians reside within Michigan's twenty-seventh 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: State legislative special elections, 2013

Ananich won election in a special election for Michigan State Senate District 27. The seat was vacant following John Gleason's (D) election as Genesee County Clerk on November 6, 2012. A special election to fill the vacancy took place on May 7. Ananich defeated Chris Del Morone, Ted Henry, Woodrow Stanley and Lawrence Woods in the Democratic primary and Robert Daunt (R) defeated Adam Ford in the Republican primary. Ananich defeated Daunt (R) and Bobby Jones (G) in the general election, which took place on May 7.[8][9][10][11][12][13]

Michigan State Senate, District 27, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Ananich 75.3% 8,728
     Republican Robert Daunt 22.8% 2,640
     Green Bobby Jones 0.7% 80
     Libertarian Robert Nicholls (write-in) 1.2% 143
Total Votes 11,591


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.[14] Incumbent John Gleason (D) defeated Vernon Molnar (R) and Pat Clawson (L) in the general election. All candidates were unopposed in the August 3 primary elections.[15][16]

Michigan State Senate, District 27, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Gleason Incumbent 66.4% 51,666
     Republican Vernon Molnar 30.8% 23,920
     Libertarian Pat Clawson 2.8% 2,168
Total Votes 77,754

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Michigan State Senate District 27 have raised a total of $1,009,986. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $100,999 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Michigan State Senate District 27
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $145,198 2 $72,599
2006 $728,063 6 $121,344
2002 $136,725 2 $68,363
Total $1,009,986 10 $100,999

See also

External links


  1. Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, "Demographic Profiles of Michigan Senate Districts: 2010 Census." Retrieved October 25, 2013
  2. United States Census Bureau, "2010 Census Interactive Population Search," accessed September 11, 2013
  3. U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population," April 2, 2001. Accessed February 13, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 michiganinbrief.org, "Term limits," accessed December 17, 2013
  5. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  6. Michigan Legislature, "Michigan Election Law," accessed December 17, 2013(Referenced Statute 168.178, Michigan Compiled Laws)
  7. Michigan Legislature, "Michigan Election Law," accessed December 17, 2013(Referenced Statute 168.634 (1)-(2), Michigan Compiled Laws)
  8. San Francisco Chronicle, "Special election needed to fill state senate seat," November 9, 2012
  9. WKZO, "Special Michigan Senate election scheduled," January 10, 2013
  10. MLive, "Seven candidates run for Flint-area state Senate seat vacated by John Gleason," January 18, 2013
  11. mlive.com, "State Rep. Jim Ananich's 27th District Senate win means two more special elections for Genesee County," May 7, 2013
  12. miboecfr.nictusa.com, "Official primary election results," accessed November 18, 2013
  13. miboecfr.nictusa.com, "Official special election results," accessed November 18, 2013
  14. Michigan Secretary of State, "Filing Requirements: Office of State Senator – 2010 Election Cycle." Retrieved October 26, 2013
  15. Michigan Secretary of State, 2010 primary election results. Retrieved October 26, 2013
  16. Michigan Secretary of State, 2010 general election results. Retrieved October 26, 2013