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North Dakota State Senate District 5

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North Dakota State Senate District 5
Current incumbentRandy Burckhard Republican Party
Ethnicity2.13% Black (Voting-Age), 1.94% Hispanic (Voting-Age)
Voting age80.79% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
North Dakota's fifth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Randy Burckhard.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 14,992 civilians reside within North Dakota's fifth state senate district.[1] North Dakota state senators represent an average of 14,310 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 13,664 residents.[3]

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).[4]


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.[5]



See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Dakota State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 10, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 7, 2014. Incumbent Randy Burckhard was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Bill Klimpel was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Klimpel and Burckhard will face off in the general election.[6][7]


See also: North Dakota State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of North Dakota State Senate consisted of a primary election on June 8, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 8, 2010. Randy Burckhard (R) defeated Frank Mayer (D) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the June 8 primary elections.[8][9]

North Dakota State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRandy Burckhard 75% 4,055
     Democratic Frank Mayer 25% 1,353
Total Votes 5,408

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for North Dakota State Senate District 5 have raised a total of $39,407. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $6,568 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, North Dakota State Senate District 5
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $11,150 2 $5,575
2006 $14,857 2 $7,429
2002 $13,400 2 $6,700
Total $39,407 6 $6,568

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