New Mexico House of Representatives District 55

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New Mexico House of Representatives District 55
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Current incumbentCathrynn Brown Republican Party
Population29,412
Race59.3% White, 0.8% Native American, 0.8% Black, 0.9% Asian, 37.1% Hispanic, 1.1% Other Races
Ethnicity62.9% Non-Hispanic, 37.1% Hispanic
Voting age74.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
New Mexico's fifty-fifth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Cathrynn Brown.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 29,412 civilians reside within New Mexico's fifty-fifth state house district.[1] New Mexico state representatives represent an average of 29,417 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 25,986 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the New Mexico House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. New Mexico legislators assume office January 1st.

Qualifications

Article 4, Section 3 of the New Mexico Constitution states: Senators shall not be less than twenty-five years of age and representatives not less than twenty-one years of age at the time of their election. If any senator or representative permanently removes his residence from or maintains no residence in the district from which he was elected, then he shall be deemed to have resigned and his successor shall be selected as provided in Section 4 of this article. No person shall be eligible to serve in the legislature who, at the time of qualifying, holds any office of trust or profit with the state, county or national governments, except notaries public and officers of the militia who receive no salary.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the New Mexico Legislature are not paid a salary. Per diem is $154/day tied to the federal rate.[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, the Board of County Commissioners in the county representing the vacant seat must appoint a replacement. There are no deadlines set by Article IV, Section 4 of the New Mexico Constitution which governs legislative vacancies. The appointed replacement serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New Mexico House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 4, 2014. Christy Thomas was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Cathrynn Brown was unopposed in the Republican primary. Brown defeated Thomas in the general election.[6][7]

New Mexico House of Representatives, District 55 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCathrynn Brown Incumbent 76% 5,353
     Democratic Christy Thomas 24% 1,688
Total Votes 7,041

2012

See also: New Mexico House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of New Mexico House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on June 5, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 20, 2012. Incumbent Cathrynn Brown (R) was unopposed in both the general election and Republican primary. Israel Palma (D) was unopposed in the Democratic primary, but did not appear on the general election ballot.[8][9][10]

New Mexico House of Representatives, District 55, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCathrynn Brown Incumbent 100% 8,853
Total Votes 8,853

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for New Mexico House of Representatives District 55 have raised a total of $506,854. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $42,238 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, New Mexico House of Representatives District 55
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $52,018 2 $26,009
2010 $176,144 2 $88,072
2008 $175,510 3 $58,503
2006 $11,650 1 $11,650
2004 $6,319 1 $6,319
2002 $11,950 1 $11,950
2000 $73,263 2 $36,632
Total $506,854 12 $42,238

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