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Virginia State Senate District 18

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Virginia State Senate District 18
Current incumbentLouise Lucas Democratic Party
Race40.8% White, 55.4% Black, 0.6% American Indian, 1.3% Asian, 0.1% Hawaiian, 1.0% Other, 0.7% Two or More Races[1]
Ethnicity97.4% Not Hispanic, 2.6% Hispanic
Voting age76.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 3, 2015
Virginia's eighteenth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Louise Lucas.

As of the 2011 redistricting, a total of 199,934 civilians reside within Virginia's eighteenth state senate district.[2] Virginia state senators represent an average of 200,026 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 176,963 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the Virginia State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Virginia legislators assume office the second Wednesday in January after the election.


Senators must be at least 21 years of age at the time of the election, residents of the district they represent, and qualified to vote for members of the Virginia General Assembly.[5]


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Virginia State Senate are paid $18,000/year. Senators receive $178/day per diem tied to the federal rate.[6]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, then a special election must be conducted to fill the vacant seat.[7] Within 15 days of the vacancy, the governing body of the county or city that represents the seat must petition to a circuit court to hold a special election. All special elections must be held promptly.[8] No special election can be held with less than 60 days remaining in the vacant Senator's term or less than 55 days before a statewide primary or general election.[9]



See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

Elections for the office of Virginia State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 23, 2011, and a general election on November 8, 2011. Democratic incumbent Louise Lucas was unchallenged in the general election. Lucas was unopposed in the Democratic primary election.[10][11][12]

Campaign contributions

Since 2003, candidates for Virginia State Senate District 18 have raised a total of $413,138. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $103,285 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Virginia State Senate District 18
Year Amount Candidates Average
2011 $144,765 1 $144,765
2007 $133,133 1 $133,133
2003 $135,240 2 $67,620
Total $413,138 4 $103,285

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