South Dakota State Senate District 20
|South Dakota State Senate District 20|
|Current incumbent||Mike Vehle|
|Ethnicity||0.6% Black, 1.3% Hispanic|
|Voting age||76.1% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 22,214 civilians reside within South Dakota's twentieth state senate district. South Dakota state senators represent an average of 23,262 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 21,567 residents.
About the chamber
- A U.S. citizen at the time of filing
- 21 years old at the filing deadline time
- A two-year resident of South Dakota at the filing deadline time
- May not have been convicted of bribery, perjury or other infamous crime; may not have illegally taken "public moneys"
- A qualified voter. A qualified voter is someone who is:
- * A U.S. citizen
- * Reside in South Dakota
- * At least 18 years old old on or before the next election
- * Not currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction which included imprisonment, served or suspended, in an adult penitentiary system
- * Not be judged mentally incompetent by a court of law
- * Not have served 4 consecutive terms
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
As of 2013, members of the South Dakota Legislature are paid $12,000/two-year term. Legislators receive $110/day per diem. Rates are set by the legislature.
- See also: State legislatures with term limits
The South Dakota legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the South Dakota Term Limits Act in 1992. That initiative said that South Dakota senators are subject to term limits of no more than four consecutive two-year terms, or eight consecutive years. State senators can run again after they have been out of office for a term.
The South Dakota State Legislature has tried on more than one occasion, each time unsuccessfully, to persuade the state's voters to repeal term limits. The most recent such failed attempt was when Amendment J lost in 2008 by 75-25%.
The first year that the term limits — enacted in 1992 — impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2000.
Under the state constitution, the Governor is responsible for appointing a replacement in the event a vacancy happens in the senate. There are no deadlines set in the state constitution to when the Governor has to fill the vacancy.
The general elections for the office of South Dakota State Senate took place on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 25, 2014. Craig Kelly was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Mike Vehle was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kelly withdrew after the primary, and Vehle was unopposed in the general election.
Elections for the office of South Dakota State Senate consisted of a primary election on June 5, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 27, 2011. Incumbent Mike Vehle (R) defeated Quinten L. Burg (D) in the general election and defeated Steve Sibson in the Republican primary. Burg was unopposed in the Democratic primary.
|South Dakota State Senate, District 20, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Mike Vehle Incumbent||57%||5,734|
|South Dakota State Senate District 20 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Mike Vehle Incumbent||66.1%||1,812|
Since 2000, candidates for South Dakota State Senate District 20 have raised a total of $160,456. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $10,697 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, South Dakota State Senate District 20|
|* Campaign finance data for 2012 is incomplete for this district.|
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- South Dakota Secretary of State - Official General Election Results
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