Mississippi House of Representatives District 55

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Mississippi House of Representatives District 55
Current incumbentOscar Denton Democratic Party
Race66.2% Black (voting age)
Ethnicity1.3% Hispanic (voting age)
Next electionNovember 3, 2015
Mississippi's fifty-fifth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Oscar Denton.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 21,996 civilians reside within Mississippi's fifty-fifth 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 state legislative special elections, 2013

Oscar Denton won election in the special election for Mississippi House of Representatives District 55. The seat was vacant following George Flaggs, Jr.'s (D) election as Mayor of Vicksburg. Denton defeated Chris Green, Andrew W. Harrell, Marie Thompson and Joseph E. Williams, Jr. in the special election, which took place on November 5, 2013. Special elections in Mississippi are nonpartisan.[8][9][10][11]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 55, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngOscar Denton 54.5% 899
     Independent Chris Green 28.1% 464
     Independent Andrew W. Harrell 8.8% 145
     Independent Marie Thompson 5.6% 92
     Independent Joseph E. Williams, Jr. 3.1% 51
Total Votes 1,651


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. Incumbent George Flaggs, Jr. (D) defeated Sam Smith (R) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the August 2 primary elections.[12]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 55 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Flaggs, Jr. Incumbent 74.3% 4,840
     Republican Sam Smith 25.7% 1,676
Total Votes 6,516

Campaign contributions

Since 2003, candidates for Mississippi House of Representatives District 55 have raised a total of $243,130. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $48,626 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Mississippi House of Representatives District 55
Year Amount Candidates Average
2011 $133,390 2 $66,695
2007 $80,455 2 $40,228
2003 $29,285 1 $29,285
Total $243,130 5 $48,626

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