North Dakota State Senate District 34

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North Dakota State Senate District 34
Current incumbentDwight Cook Republican Party
Ethnicity0.66% Black (Voting-Age), 1.5% Hispanic (Voting-Age)[1]
Voting age76.56% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
North Dakota's thirty-fourth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Dwight Cook.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 15,619 civilians reside within North Dakota's thirty-fourth 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 Dwight Cook (R) defeated Stacey J. Bendish (D) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the June 12 primary elections.[7][8]

North Dakota State Senate, District 34, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDwight Cook Incumbent 61.9% 4,129
     Democratic Stacey J. Bendish 37.9% 2,531
     Other Write-in 0.2% 12
Total Votes 6,672

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for North Dakota State Senate District 34 have raised a total of $47,350. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $5,919 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, North Dakota State Senate District 34
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $18,025 2 $9,013
2008 $20,150 2 $10,075
2004 $3,925 2 $1,963
2000 $5,250 2 $2,625
Total $47,350 8 $5,919

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