Missouri state legislative districts

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There are a total of 197 seats in the Missouri General Assembly. Seventeen of the 34 seats of the Missouri State Senate and all 163 seats of the Missouri House of Representatives are up for election every two years.

Chambers

Senate

The Missouri State Senate is the upper house of the Missouri General Assembly. It consists of 34 members. Each member represents an average of 176,145 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 164,565 residents.[2]

House

The Missouri House of Representatives is the lower house of the Missouri General Assembly. There are 163 members of the Missouri House, each representing a district with an average of 36,000 citizens based on 2007 population estimates. Each member represents an average of 36,742 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 34,326 residents.[4]

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Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Missouri State Senate, a candidate must be:[5]

  • At least 30 years of age
  • Qualified Missouri voter for three 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.

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
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If a vacancy occurs in the senate, the Governor must call for a special election without delay. There is no time limit specified under law.[6] The mandate for a special election is sent to the election authority in the county that first established the legislative district.[7]

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 senators are subject to term limits of no more than two four-year terms, or a total of eight years.[8]

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

Districts

These are links to every district in the Missouri State Senate.

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Missouri House of Representatives, a candidate must be:[9]

  • 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.

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
NevadaMassachusettsColoradoNew MexicoWyomingArizonaMontanaCaliforniaOregonWashingtonIdahoTexasOklahomaKansasNebraskaSouth DakotaNorth DakotaMinnesotaIowaMissouriArkansasLouisianaMississippiAlabamaGeorgiaFloridaSouth CarolinaIllinoisWisconsinTennesseeNorth CarolinaIndianaOhioKentuckyPennsylvaniaNew JerseyNew YorkVermontVermontNew HampshireMaineWest VirginiaVirginiaMarylandMarylandConnecticutConnecticutDelawareDelawareRhode IslandRhode IslandMassachusettsNew HampshireMichiganMichiganAlaskaVacancy fulfillment map.png

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.[10] The mandate for a special election is sent to the election authority in the county that first established the legislative district.[11]

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.[8]

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

Districts

These are links to every district in the Missouri House of Representatives.

See also

External links

References