Missouri House of Representatives District 31

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Missouri House of Representatives District 31
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Current incumbentSheila Solon Republican Party
Population34,655
Race77.5% White, 10.0% Black, 4.6% Asian, 3.4% Other, 3.3% Two or More Races, 0.6% Pacific Islander, 0.6% American Indian or Alaska Native
Ethnicity91.9% Not Hispanic, 9.1% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Missouri's thirty-first state house district is represented by Republican Representative Sheila Solon.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 34,655 civilians reside within Missouri's thirty-first state house district.[1] Missouri state representatives represent an average of 36,742 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 34,326 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Missouri House of Representatives serve two-year terms with term limits.[4] Missouri legislators assume office the first day of the legislative session.

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Missouri House of Representatives, a candidate must be:[5]

  • At least 24 years of age
  • Qualified Missouri voter for two years before election
  • Resident of the district which he is chosen to represent for 1 year before election
  • Is not delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes, real property taxes on the place of residence as stated in the declaration of candidacy
  • is not a past or present corporate officer of any fee office that owes any taxes to the state.
  • Has not been found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under the federal laws of the United States of America.
  • Has not been convicted of or found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony under the laws of Missouri.
  • In addition to any other penalties provided by law, no person may file for any office in a subsequent election until he or the treasurer of his existing candidate committee has filed all required campaign disclosure reports for all prior elections.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Missouri House of Representatives are paid $35,915/year. Per diem is $104/day tied to the federal rate. Roll call is used to verify per diem.[6]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Missouri legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Missouri Term Limits Act in 1992. That initiative said that Missouri house are subject to term limits of no more than four two-year terms, or a total of eight years.[4]

The first year that the 1992 term limits impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2002.

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If a vacancy occurs in the house, the Governor must call for a special election without delay. There is no time limit specified under law.[7] The mandate for a special election is sent to the election authority in the county that first established the legislative district.[8]

Elections

2012

See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Missouri House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 7, 2012 and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 27, 2012. Incumbent Sheila Solon (R) defeated Dale Walkup (D) in the general election. Solon defeated Chris Lievsay in the Republican primary. Lievsay defeated Syed Asif in the Democratic primary.[9][10]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSheila Solon Incumbent 60.6% 11,335
     Democratic Dale Walkup 39.4% 7,382
Total Votes 18,717
Missouri House of Representatives, District 31 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSheila Solon Incumbent 60.7% 1,881
Chris Lievsay 39.3% 1,219
Total Votes 3,100
Missouri House of Representatives, District 31 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDale Walkup 77% 782
Syed Asif 23% 233
Total Votes 1,015

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Missouri House of Representatives District 31 have raised a total of $450,046. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $32,146 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Missouri House of Representatives District 31
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $111,345 4 $27,836
2010 $47,613 2 $23,807
2008 $49,295 1 $49,295
2006 $43,210 1 $43,210
2004 $84,638 2 $42,319
2002 $85,908 2 $42,954
2000 $28,037 2 $14,019
Total $450,046 14 $32,146

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