Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Texas are holding elections next week. Find out what's on your ballot in our latest report.

New Mexico State Senate District 9

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
New Mexico State Senate District 9
Current incumbentJohn Sapien Democratic Party
Race54.6% White, 3.0% Native American, 1.7% Black, 1.7% Asian, 37.2% Hispanic, 1.8% Other Races[1]
Ethnicity62.8% Non-Hispanic, 37.2% Hispanic
Voting age77.8% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
New Mexico's ninth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator John Sapien.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 48,942 civilians reside within New Mexico's ninth state senate district.[2] New Mexico state senators represent an average of 49,028 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 43,311 residents.[4]

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.[5]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

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.[6]



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.[7][8][9]

New Mexico State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Sapien Incumbent 50.3% 11,654
     Republican David Doyle 49.7% 11,493
Total Votes 23,147
New Mexico State Senate, District 9 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Sapien Incumbent 55.3% 2,270
Benjamin Hayden Rodefer 44.7% 1,834
Total Votes 4,104

Campaign contributions

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
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $244,255 3 $81,418
2008 $271,500 3 $90,500
2004 $19,450 2 $9,725
2000 $191,932 2 $95,966
Total $727,137 10 $72,714

See also

Suggest a link

External links