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Rhode Island House of Representatives District 51

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Rhode Island House of Representatives District 51
Current incumbentRobert Phillips Democratic Party
Population14,090
Ethnicity5.2% Black, 10.4% Hispanic[1]
Voting age76% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Rhode Island's fifty-first state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Robert Phillips.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 14,090 civilians reside within Rhode Island's fifty-first state house district.[2] Rhode Island state representatives represent an average of 14,034 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 13,978 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Rhode Island House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Rhode Island legislators assume office the first Tuesday in January.

Qualifications

Article III of the Rhode Island Constitution describes the requirements to hold office.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Rhode Island Legislature are paid $14,185.95/year during legislative sessions. Legislators receive no per diem.[3]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. The Secretary of State must call for an election to be held anywhere from 70 to 90 days after the vacancy occurred. No election can be held if the vacancy happens after the first Monday in February during an election year.[4] The person elected to fill the seat serves for the remainder of the unfilled term.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Rhode Island House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 25, 2014. Incumbent Robert Phillips was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[6][7][8]

2012

See also: Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Rhode Island House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on September 11, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 27, 2012. Incumbent Robert Phillips (D) defeated Christopher Roberts (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[9][10]

Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 51, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Phillips Incumbent 63.7% 2,805
     Republican Christopher Roberts 35.3% 1,554
     Other Write-in 1% 46
Total Votes 4,405

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Rhode Island House of Representatives District 51 have raised a total of $88,506. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $5,900 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Rhode Island House of Representatives District 51
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 * $8,340 2 $4,170
2010 $25,370 2 $12,685
2008 $35,891 6 $5,982
2006 $9,196 1 $9,196
2004 $4,637 1 $4,637
2002 $2,822 2 $1,411
2000 $2,250 1 $2,250
Total $88,506 15 $5,900
* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.

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