Oklahoma House of Representatives District 61
|Oklahoma House of Representatives District 61|
|Current incumbent||Gus Blackwell|
|Race||White 80.83%, Black or African American 1.93%, American Indian and Alaska Native 1.48%, Asian 1.06%, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.11%, Other 14.60%; Two or More Races 2.80%|
|Ethnicity||Hispanic or Latino 33.41%|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 34,098 civilians reside within Oklahoma's sixty-first state house district. Oklahoma state representatives represent an average of 37,142 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 34,165 residents.
About the chamber
Members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives serve two-year terms with term limits. Representatives may not serve more than twelve consecutive years between both chambers of the Oklahoma State Legislature. Oklahoma legislators assume office November 17th.
Article 5, Section 17 of the Oklahoma Constitution states: Members of the Senate shall be at least twenty-five years of age, and members of the House of Representatives twenty-one years of age at the time of their election. They shall be qualified electors in their respective counties or districts and shall reside in their respective counties or districts during their term of office.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
As of 2013, members of the Oklahoma Legislature are paid $38,400/year during legislative sessions. Legislators receive $147/day per diem tied to the federal rate.
- See also: State legislatures with term limits
The Oklahoma legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Oklahoma Term Limits Act in 1990. That initiative says that Oklahoma state legislators are subject to term limits of no more than twelve years in the Oklahoma State Legislature. These 12 years can be served in any combination of the Oklahoma State Senate and the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
The first year that the term limits enacted in 1990 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2004.
If there is a vacancy in the house, the Governor must call for a special election no later than 30 days after the vacancy happened. No special election can be called if the vacancy happens after March 1st during the year the seat is set to expire.
The person who wins the special election serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.
Elections for the office of Oklahoma House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 24, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 11, 2014. William Casey Murdock and Kenny Tapp defeated Larry Swager, Steve Moore and David Elder in the Republican primary. Murdock and Tapp will face off in the August 26 Republican runoff. The winner will be unchallenged in the general election.
Note: No candidate secured more than 50 percent of the vote in the June 24, 2014, primary election. A runoff primary election will be held between the top two candidates.
Elections for the office of Oklahoma House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on June 26, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 13, 2011. Incumbent Gus Blackwell (R) was unopposed in both the general election and Republican primary.
Since 2000, candidates for Oklahoma House of Representatives District 61 have raised a total of $610,778. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $38,174 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Oklahoma House of Representatives District 61|
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State of Oklahoma
Oklahoma City (capital)
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