Michigan State Senate District 34

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Michigan State Senate District 34
Current incumbentGoeff Hansen Republican Party
Gender50.2% Female, 49.8% Male
Race85.0% White, 9.3% Black, 2.5% Two or More Races, 1.9% Other, 0.9% Native American, 0.5% Asian
Ethnicity94.3 Non-Hispanic, 5.7% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Michigan's thirty-fourth state senate district is held by Republican Senator Goeff Hansen.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 275,923 civilians reside within Michigan's thirty-fourth 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 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. Cathy Forbes was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Goeff Hansen defeated Nick Sundquist in the Republican primary. Hansen faces Forbes in the general election.[8][9][10]

Michigan State Senate, District 34 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGoeff Hansen Incumbent 62.4% 9,203
Nick Sundquist 37.6% 5,538
Total Votes 14,741


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] Goeff Hansen (R) defeated Mary Valentine (D) and Nicholas Sundquist (L) in the general election. All candidates were unopposed in the August 3 primary elections.[12][13]

Michigan State Senate, District 34, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGoeff Hansen 58.1% 49,065
     Democratic Mary Valentine 39.4% 33,261
     Libertarian Nicholas Sundquist 2.5% 2,108
Total Votes 84,434

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Michigan State Senate District 34 have raised a total of $2,392,159. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $341,737 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Michigan State Senate District 34
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $1,060,499 2 $530,250
2006 $770,720 3 $256,907
2002 $560,940 2 $280,470
Total $2,392,159 7 $341,737

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