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Mississippi State Senate District 4

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Mississippi State Senate District 4
Current incumbentRita Parks Republican Party
Race10.5% Black (voting age)[1]
Ethnicity2.8% Hispanic (voting age)
Next electionNovember 3, 2015
Mississippi's fourth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Rita Parks.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 56,514 civilians reside within Mississippi's fourth state senate district.[2] Mississippi state senators represent an average of 57,063 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 54,705 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the Mississippi State Senate 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 State Senate, a candidate must:[5]

  • Be 25 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.[6]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, 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.[7]

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



See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2015

Elections for the office of Mississippi State Senate will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on August 4, 2015, and the general election November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 27, 2015.[8]


See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011

Elections for the office of Mississippi State Senate 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. Rita Parks (D) defeated Eric Powell (R) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the August 2 primary elections.[9]

Mississippi State Senate, District 4 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRita Parks 50.7% 9,050
     Democratic Eric Powell Incumbent 49.3% 8,798
Total Votes 17,848

Campaign contributions

Since 2003, candidates for Mississippi State Senate District 4 have raised a total of $429,021. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $42,902 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Mississippi State Senate District 4
Year Amount Candidates Average
2011 $121,435 2 $60,718
2007 $127,240 6 $21,207
2003 $180,346 2 $90,173
Total $429,021 10 $42,902

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