Nebraska State Senate District 11
|Nebraska State Senate District 11|
|Current incumbent||Ernie Chambers|
|Race||24.56% White, 59.42% Black, 8.62% Hispanic, 1.32% Native American, 2.25% Asian|
|Voting age||69.3% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 36,814 civilians reside within Nebraska's eleventh state senate district. Nebraska state senators represent an average of 37,272 residents, as of the 2010 Census. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 34,924.
About the office
Members of the Nebraska State Senate serve four-year terms with term limits. It is unique in that it is the only American state legislature that is unicameral. Half of the seats up for election every second year. Nebraska legislators assume office the first Wednesday after the first Monday in January.
Members are selected in nonpartisan elections. Rather than separate primaries held to choose Republican, Democratic, and other partisan contenders for a seat, Nebraska uses a single nonpartisan primary election, in which the top two vote-getters are entitled to run in the general election. There are no formal party alignments or groups within the Legislature. Coalitions tend to form issue by issue based on a member's philosophy of government, geographic background, and constituency. However, almost all the members of the legislature are affiliated with the state affiliate of either the Democratic or the Republican party and both parties explicitly endorse candidates for legislative seats.
- At least 21 years of age
- A resident of Nebraska, and specifically a resident of the legislative district he or she wishes to serve, for at least one year prior to the general election
- Must not have ever been convicted of a felony
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
As of 2013, members of the Nebraska Senate are paid $12,000/year. Per diem is $123/day for members living outside a 50-mile radius of the Capitol. Per diem is $46/day for members living inside the 50-mile radius. Rates are tied to the federal rate.
- See also: State legislatures with term limits
The Nebraska State Senate is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Nebraska Term Limits Act in 2000. That initiative said that Nebraska senators are subject to term limits of no more than two four-year terms.
The first year that the term limits enacted in 2000 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2008.
If there is a vacancy in the legislature, it is up to the Governor to select a replacement. If a vacancy happens in the last 60 days before a general election, the replacement appointed by the Governor serves the remainder of the term until a new representative is elected. If the vacancy happens more than 60 days before the general election, the replacement serves the remainder of the unfilled term until the next general election.
- See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2012
Elections for the office of Nebraska State Senate consisted of a primary election on May 15, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 1, 2012. Ernie Chambers defeated Brenda Council in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the May 15 Nonpartisan primary. A total of $107,399 was raised by 2012 candidates in the district, with Council outspending Chambers by a margin of $107,399 to $0.
|Nebraska State Senate, District 11, General Election, 2012|
|Nonpartisan||Brenda Council Incumbent||33.1%||3,326|
Since 2000, candidates for Nebraska State Senate District 11 have raised a total of $158,091. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $19,761 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Nebraska State Senate District 11|
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