Oklahoma State Senate District 9

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Oklahoma State Senate District 9
Current incumbentEarl Garrison Democratic Party
RaceWhite 65.83%, Black or African American 12.12%, American Indian and Alaska Native 18.69%, Asian 0.59%, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.04%, Other 2.73%; Two or More Races 8.98%
EthnicityHispanic or Latino 5.53%
Next electionState legislative elections, 2016
Oklahoma's ninth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Earl Garrison.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 75,370 civilians reside within Oklahoma's ninth 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, 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 Earl Garrison (D) defeated Barney S Taylor (R) in the general election.[10] Both candidates ran unopposed in the June 26 primary elections.[11]

State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Garrison Incumbent 69.7% 17,191
     Republican Barney S Taylor 30.3% 7,476
Total Votes 24,667

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Oklahoma State Senate District 9 have raised a total of $185,017. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $23,127 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Oklahoma State Senate District 9
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $35,253 1 $35,253
2010 $97,257 2 $48,629
2008 $19,950 1 $19,950
2006 $29,057 2 $14,529
2004 $2,000 1 $2,000
2002 $1,500 1 $1,500
Total $185,017 8 $23,127

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