Missouri House of Representatives District 51

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Missouri House of Representatives District 51
Current incumbentDean Dohrman Republican Party
Race85.1% White, 5.0% Black, 4.1% Other, 3.6% Two or More Races, 0.8% Pacific Islander, 0.8% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.6% Asian
Ethnicity94.1% Not Hispanic, 5.9% Hispanic
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Missouri's fifty-first state house district is represented by Republican Representative Dean Dohrman.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 32,299 civilians reside within Missouri's fifty-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.


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.


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.


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]



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. Dohrman defeated Gary L. Grigsby (D) and Bill Wayne (L) in the general election. Grigsby defeated Raymond F. Kinney in the Democratic primary. Dohrman and Wayne were unopposed in their respective primaries.[9][10]

Missouri House of Representatives, District 51, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDean Dohrman 49.9% 6,714
     Democratic Gary Grigsby 46.4% 6,244
     Libertarian Bill Wayne 3.7% 504
Total Votes 13,462
Missouri House of Representatives, District 51 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGary L. Grigsby 66.9% 1,303
Raymond F. Kinney 33.1% 646
Total Votes 1,949

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Missouri House of Representatives District 51 have raised a total of $234,829. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $10,210 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Missouri House of Representatives District 51
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $55,712 4 $13,928
2010 $57,795 6 $9,633
2008 $15,200 1 $15,200
2006 $20,400 2 $10,200
2004 $24,495 3 $8,165
2002 $35,027 5 $7,005
2000 $26,200 2 $13,100
Total $234,829 23 $10,210

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