New Mexico State Senate District 9
|New Mexico State Senate District 9|
|Current incumbent||John Sapien|
|Race||54.6% White, 3.0% Native American, 1.7% Black, 1.7% Asian, 37.2% Hispanic, 1.8% Other Races|
|Ethnicity||62.8% Non-Hispanic, 37.2% Hispanic|
|Voting age||77.8% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 48,942 civilians reside within New Mexico's ninth state senate district. New Mexico state senators represent an average of 49,028 residents, as of the 2010 Census. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 43,311 residents.
About the office
Members of the New Mexico State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. In odd-numbered years, state senators meet 60 days; in even-numbered years, they meet 30 days. New Mexico legislators assume office January 1st.
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.
- 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.
If there is a vacancy in the senate, 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.
- See also: New Mexico State Senate elections, 2012
Elections for the office of New Mexico State Senate 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 John Sapien (D) defeated David L. Doyle (R) in the general election and Benjamin Hayden Rodefer in the Democratic primary.
|New Mexico State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||John Sapien Incumbent||50.3%||11,654|
|New Mexico State Senate, District 9 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|John Sapien Incumbent||55.3%||2,270|
|Benjamin Hayden Rodefer||44.7%||1,834|
Since 2000, candidates for New Mexico State Senate District 9 have raised a total of $727,137. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $72,714 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, New Mexico State Senate District 9|
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- For more information on the parameters the U.S. Census Bureau use, please see our Race and Ethnicity on the United States Census page.
- http://www.nmlegis.gov, "New Mexico Redistricting: Senate Joint Plan Maps and Data," accessed October 8, 2013
- U.S. Census Bureau, "Population Distribution and Change: 2000 to 2010," accessed January 6, 2014
- www.census.gov/, "Population in 2000 of the American states," accessed January 6, 2014
- NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
- New Mexico Legislature, "New Mexico Constitution," accessed December 18, 2013 (dead link)(Referenced Section, Article IV, Section 4)
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Candidate List," accessed May 12, 2014(Archived)
- New Mexico Secretary of State “2012 Primary election results,” Accessed December 4, 2013
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "2012 General election results," accessed December 4, 2013