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North Dakota State Senate District 12

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North Dakota State Senate District 12
Current incumbentJohn Grabinger Democratic Party
Ethnicity0.92% Black (Voting-Age), 1.73% Hispanic (Voting-Age)[1]
Voting age80.66% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
North Dakota's twelfth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator John Grabinger.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 13,449 civilians reside within North Dakota's twelfth state senate district.[2] North Dakota state senators represent an average of 14,310 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 13,664 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the North Dakota State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Approximately half of the members are elected to four-year terms every two years. Generally, members from even-numbered districts are elected in U.S. presidential election years (2012, 2008, 2004, etc.) and members from odd-numbered districts are elected in general election years offset by two years from U.S. presidential elections (2010, 2006, 2002, etc.). North Dakota legislators assume office December 1st.


Article 4, Section 5 of the North Dakota Constitution states: State Senators and Representatives must be, on the day of the election, qualified voters in the district from which they are chosen and a resident of the state for one year preceding election to office.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the North Dakota Legislature are paid $152/day during legislative sessions and for attending interim committee meetings. Legislators receive lodging reimbursements up to $1,351/month (vouchered).[5]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

Whenever there is an vacancy in the senate, it must be filled by the district committee of the political party that currently holds the seat. A replacement must be named no later than 21 days after the vacancy. If more than 828 days are remaining in the vacant senator's term, the replacement can serve in a interim basis until the next scheduled general election. It would be up to the Governor to schedule a special election in order to determine a permanent replacement.[6]



See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of North Dakota State Senate consisted of a primary election on June 12, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 13, 2012. Incumbent John Grabinger (D) defeated Bernie Satrom (R) in the general election. Grabinger was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Satrom defeated Dwaine Heinrich in the Republican primary.[7][8]

North Dakota State Senate, District 12, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Grabinger Incumbent 50.7% 2,939
     Republican Bernie Satrom 48.8% 2,831
     Other Write-in 0.5% 30
Total Votes 5,800

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for North Dakota State Senate District 12 have raised a total of $81,297. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $8,130 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, North Dakota State Senate District 12
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $20,033 3 $6,678
2008 $38,635 2 $19,318
2004 $21,329 2 $10,665
2000 $1,300 3 $433
Total $81,297 10 $8,130

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