Oklahoma state legislative districts

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There are a total of 149 seats in the Oklahoma State Legislature. One half of the 48 seats in the Oklahoma State Senate are up for election every two years. Each senator serves four-year terms. All 101 seats in the Oklahoma House of Representatives are up for election every two years.

Chambers

Senate

The Oklahoma State Senate is the upper house in the Oklahoma State Legislature, the state legislature of Oklahoma. It consists of 48 members representing one of each 48 Oklahoma districts. There are 48 state senators; they represent 48 districts. Each member represents an average of 78,153 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 71,889 residents.[2]

House

The Oklahoma House of Representatives is the lower house of the Oklahoma State Legislature and meets at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. 101 members serve in the lower house. Each member represents an average of 37,142 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 23,817 residents.[4]

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Qualifications

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.

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
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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.[5]

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.[6]

The person who wins the special election serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.[7]

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.[8]

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

Salaries

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.[9]

Districts

These are links to every district in the Oklahoma State Senate.

Qualifications

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.

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
NevadaMassachusettsColoradoNew MexicoWyomingArizonaMontanaCaliforniaOregonWashingtonIdahoTexasOklahomaKansasNebraskaSouth DakotaNorth DakotaMinnesotaIowaMissouriArkansasLouisianaMississippiAlabamaGeorgiaFloridaSouth CarolinaIllinoisWisconsinTennesseeNorth CarolinaIndianaOhioKentuckyPennsylvaniaNew JerseyNew YorkVermontVermontNew HampshireMaineWest VirginiaVirginiaMarylandMarylandConnecticutConnecticutDelawareDelawareRhode IslandRhode IslandMassachusettsNew HampshireMichiganMichiganAlaskaVacancy fulfillment map.png

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.[10]

The person who wins the special election serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.[11]

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 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.[8]

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

Salaries

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.[12]

Districts

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

See also

External links

References