Mississippi State Senate District 4
|Mississippi State Senate District 4|
|Current incumbent||Rita Parks|
|Race||10.5% Black (voting age)|
|Ethnicity||2.8% Hispanic (voting age)|
|Next election||November 3, 2015|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 56,514 civilians reside within Mississippi's fourth state senate district. Mississippi state senators represent an average of 57,063 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 54,705 residents.
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:
- 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 party's State Executive Committee the candidate is affiliated with.
- 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.
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.
No special election is held if the vacancy happens after June 1st in an election year.
- 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.
|Mississippi State Senate, District 4 General Election, 2011|
|Democratic||Eric Powell Incumbent||49.3%||8,798|
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|
- Public Mapping Project, “Mississippi 2010 Census Selected Statistics.” Retrieved November 13, 2013.
- United States Census Bureau, "2010 Census Interactive Population Search," Accessed September 11, 2013
- U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population," April 2, 2001. Accessed February 13, 2014
- Mississippi Secretary of State, "Filing Fees and Qualifications," accessed December 17, 2013
- NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
- Justia US Law, "2010 Mississippi Code," accessed January 24, 2014(Title 5)
- Mississippi Secretary of State, 2011 election results. Retrieved November 13, 2013.