Mississippi House of Representatives District 4

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Mississippi House of Representatives District 4
Current incumbentJody Steverson Democratic Party
Race14.3% Black (voting age)
Ethnicity3.4% Hispanic (voting age)
Next electionNovember 3, 2015
Mississippi's fourth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Jody Steverson.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 23,894 civilians reside within Mississippi's fourth state house district.[1] Mississippi state representatives represent an average of 24,322 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 23,317 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Mississippi House of Representatives serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Mississippi legislators assume office the first day of the regular session of the year following election. The Constitution requires the Legislature to convene yearly on the Tuesday after the first Monday in January.


In order to run for the Mississippi House of Representatives, a candidate must:[4]

  • Be 21 years of age or older.
  • Be a qualified elector and resident of the State of Mississippi for four years.
  • Be a resident of the county or district a candidate plans to represent for two years.
  • If running as a Republican or Democrat, pay a $15 filing fee to the State Executive Committee of the party with which the candidate is affiliated.
  • If running as an independent, submit 50 signatures to the Circuit Clerk or the Secretary of State.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Mississippi legislature are paid $10,000/year. Per diem is $109/day tied to the federal rate.[5]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election is required to fill the vacant seat. The Governor must call for an election no later than 30 days after the vacancy happened. After the Governor sets the election date, the counties conducting the election must give no less than 45 days public notice. All qualifying deadlines are 30 days before the election.[6]

No special election is held if the vacancy happens after June 1st in an election year.[7]



See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2011

Elections for the office of Mississippi House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 2, 2011 and a general election on November 8, 2011. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 1, 2011. Jody Steverson (D) defeated James Benefield (R) in the general election. Steverson defeated James Nunnally in the August 23 Democratic runoff. Steve Fisher also ran in the Democratic primary. Benefield defeated Alan Miller in the Republican primary.[8]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 4 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJody Steverson 51.1% 4,229
     Republican James Benefield 48.9% 4,043
Total Votes 8,272
Mississippi House of Representatives District 4 Democratic Primary Runoff, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJody Steverson 52.1% 3,478
James Nunnally 47.9% 3,194
Total Votes 6,672

Campaign contributions

Since 2003, candidates for Mississippi House of Representatives District 4 have raised a total of $95,426. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $11,928 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Mississippi House of Representatives District 4
Year Amount Candidates Average
2011 $64,138 5 $12,828
2007 $17,507 2 $8,754
2003 $13,781 1 $13,781
Total $95,426 8 $11,928

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