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Tennessee House of Representatives District 51

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Tennessee House of Representatives District 51
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Current incumbentBill Beck Democratic Party
Population62,965
Ethnicity18.2% Black, 8.3% Hispanic[1]
Voting age78% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Tennessee's fifty-first state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Bill Beck.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 62,965 civilians reside within Tennessee's fifty-first house district.[2] Tennessee state representatives represent an average of 64,102 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 57,468 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Tennessee House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Tennessee legislators assume office the 15th of January following the election.

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Tennessee House of Representatives, a candidate must be:[3]

  • A U.S. citizen
  • 21 years old before the general election
  • A three-year resident of Tennessee before the general election
  • A county resident for 1 year prior to the general election
  • A qualified voter
  • The following situations would eliminate a candidate from qualifying for office:
    • Those who have been convicted of offering or giving a bribe, or of larceny, or any other offense declared infamous by law, unless restored to citizenship in the mode pointed out by law;
    • Those against whom there is a judgment unpaid for any moneys received by them, in any official capacity, due to the United States, to this state, or any county thereof;
    • Those who are defaulters to the treasury at the time of the election, and the election of any such person shall be void;
    • Soldiers, seamen, marines, or airmen in the regular army or navy or air force of the United States; and
    • Members of congress, and persons holding any office of profit or trust under any foreign power, other state of the union, or under the United States.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Tennessee Legislature are paid $19,009/year. Legislators receive $173/day per diem tied to the federal rate.[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

In Tennessee, there are two ways a vacancy can be filled in the house. When twelve months or more remain in a unfilled term, a special election must be held within the allowable time frame set by law. If less than twelve months remain in the term, the current members of the house must vote on a replacement.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for 99 seats in the Tennessee House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 7, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 3, 2014. Bill Beck defeated Stephen Fotopulos and Jennifer Buck Wallace in the Democratic primary. Brian Mason defeated Joshua Rawlings in the Republican primary. Beck defeated Mason in the general election.[6][7]

Tennessee House of Representatives District 51, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Beck 71.8% 9,188
     Republican Brian L. Mason 28.2% 3,601
Total Votes 12,789

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 51 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Beck 41.1% 1,906
Jennifer Buck Wallace 34.6% 1,601
Stephen Fotopulos 24.3% 1,125
Total Votes 4,632
Tennessee House of Representatives, District 51 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Mason 58.4% 909
Joshua Rawlings 41.6% 648
Total Votes 1,557

2012

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Tennessee House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 2, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 5, 2011. Incumbent Michael Turner (D) was unopposed in both the general election and Democratic primary.[8][9]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Tennessee House of Representatives District 51 have raised a total of $637,308. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $63,731 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Tennessee House of Representatives District 51
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $88,234 1 $88,234
2010 $234,505 2 $117,253
2008 $67,810 1 $67,810
2006 $31,500 1 $31,500
2004 $65,973 1 $65,973
2002 $23,715 1 $23,715
2000 $125,571 3 $41,857
Total $637,308 10 $63,731

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