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Michigan State Senate District 8

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Michigan State Senate District 8
Current incumbentHoon-Yung Hopgood Democratic Party
Gender51.9% Female, 48.1% Male
Race80.2% White, 13.2% Black, 2.6% Two or More Races, 2.2% Other, 1.2% Asian, 0.6% Native American
Ethnicity92.5% Non-Hispanic, 7.5% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Michigan's eighth state senate district is held by Democratic Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 259,710 civilians reside within Michigan's eighth 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] Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D) defeated Ken Larkin (R) in the general election. Hopgood defeated Mike Kell and Sherry Dragone in the Democratic primary. Larkin defeated Douglas Reimel in the Republican primary. Gnadt was unopposed in the Libertarian primary.[9][10]

Michigan State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHoon-Yung Hopgood 54.9% 37,845
     Republican Ken Larkin 36.7% 25,280
     Libertarian Loel Gnadt 6.8% 4,697
     Independent Neil Sawicki 1.6% 1,093
Total Votes 68,915
Michigan State Senate, District 8 Democratic Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHoon-Yung Hopgood 46% 7,147
Mike Kell 31.3% 4,862
Sherry Dragone 22.6% 3,515
Total Votes 15,524
Michigan State Senate, District 8 Republican Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKen Larkin 60.8% 6,782
Douglas Reimel 39.2% 4,379
Total Votes 11,161

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Michigan State Senate District 8 have raised a total of $276,343. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $39,478 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Michigan State Senate District 8
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $121,309 5 $24,262
2006 $63,882 1 $63,882
2002 $91,152 1 $91,152
Total $276,343 7 $39,478

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