North Dakota state legislative districts

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There are a total of 141 seats in the North Dakota Legislative Assembly. Approximately one-half of the 47 seats of the North Dakota State Senate are up for election every two years. Each senator serves four-year terms. All 94 seats in the North Dakota House of Representatives serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. 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.).

Chambers

Senate

The North Dakota State Senate is the upper house of the North Dakota State Legislature. The Senate may consist of 40-54 members depending on the number of senatorial districts based on the Census. As of 2005, the state is divided into 47 senatorial districts. North Dakota's state senators serve without term limits.[1]Each member represents an average of 14,310 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 13,664 residents.[3]

House

The North Dakota House of Representatives is the lower house of the North Dakota State Legislature. Each member represents an average of 14,310 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[4] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 13,664 residents.[5]

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Qualifications

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.

Vacancies

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]

Salaries

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).[7]

Pension

North Dakota does not provide pensions for legislators.[8]

Districts

These are links to every district in the North Dakota State Senate.

Qualifications

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.

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

Under North Dakota law, any vacancy in the house is filled by the district committee of the political party that holds the seat. A replacement must be named within 21 days of the vacancy. If more than 828 days are left in the term, the appointed person must serve until the next general election when the Governor can call for a special election.[9]

Salaries

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).[10]

Pension

North Dakota does not provide pensions for legislators.[11]

Districts

These are links to every district in the North Dakota House of Representatives.

See also

External links

References