Oklahoma State Senate District 5

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Oklahoma State Senate District 5
Current incumbentJoe M. Silk Republican Party
RaceWhite 73.07%, Black or African American 7.97%, American Indian and Alaska Native 16.80%, Asian 0.34%, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.02%, Other 1.78%; Two or More Races 6.85%
EthnicityHispanic or Latino 3.96%
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Oklahoma's fifth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Joe M. Silk.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 68,974 civilians reside within Oklahoma's fifth state senate district.[1] Oklahoma state senators represent an average of 78,153 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 71,889 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Oklahoma State Senate serve four-year terms with term limits.[4] 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.[5]

Term limits

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 senators 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 Senate and the Oklahoma House of Representatives.[6]

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1990 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2004.


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, 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.[7]

The only exception to the March 1st deadline is for Senators who resign with two or more years left in their term during an election year. If the resignation was announced before June 1st and the effective date is scheduled for after the general election, a special election can be called.[8]

The person who wins the special election serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.[9]



See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oklahoma State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 11, 2014. Joe M. Silk defeated Brent Shain in the Republican primary, while Curtis McDaniel was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Silk defeated McDaniel in the general election.[10][11][12]

Oklahoma State Senate, District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Silk 54.3% 8,505
     Democratic Curtis McDaniel 45.7% 7,159
Total Votes 15,664


See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Oklahoma State Senate 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, 2012. Incumbent Jerry Ellis (D) defeated Howard Houchen (R) in the general election.[13] Both candidates ran unopposed in the June 26 primary elections.[14]

State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Ellis Incumbent 66.5% 15,920
     Republican Howard Houchen 33.5% 8,010
Total Votes 23,930

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Oklahoma State Senate District 2 have raised a total of $632,521. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $57,502 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Oklahoma State Senate District 2
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $154,907 2 $77,454
2010 $66,414 1 $66,414
2008 $103,316 3 $34,439
2006 $27,440 1 $27,440
2004 $206,894 2 $103,447
2000 $73,550 2 $36,775
Total $632,521 11 $57,502

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