Virginia State Senate District 33

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Virginia State Senate District 33
Current incumbentVacant
Population196,178
Race57.2% White, 10.3% Black, 0.6% American Indian, 20.8% Asian, 0.1% Hawaiian, 9.9% Other, 1.0% Two or More Races
Ethnicity80.2% Not Hispanic, 19.8% Hispanic
Voting age72.8% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 3, 2015
Virginia's thirty-third state senate district seat is currently vacant.

As of the 2011 redistricting, a total of 196,178 civilians reside within Virginia's thirty-third state senate district.[1] Virginia state senators represent an average of 200,026 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 176,963 residents.[3]

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.

Qualifications

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.[4]

Salaries

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.[5]

Vacancies

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

Elections

2014

See also: Virginia state legislative special elections, 2014

Jennifer Wexton (D) defeated John Whitbeck (R) and Joe T. May (I) in the special election, which took place on January 21.[9][10][11]

The seat was vacant following Mark Herring's (D) election as Attorney General of Virginia.

A special election for the position of Virginia State Senate District 33 was called for January 21. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 26, 2013.[12]

Virginia State Senate, District 33, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer Wexton 52.7% 11,431
     Republican John Whitbeck 37.5% 8,133
     Independent Joe T. May 9.8% 2,117
Total Votes 21,681

2011

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 Mark Herring defeated Republican Patricia Phillips in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed primary elections.[13][14][15]

Virginia State Senate, District 33 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Herring Incumbent 54.1% 14,061
     Republican Patricia Phillips 45.9% 11,915
Total Votes 25,976

Campaign contributions

Since 2003, candidates for Virginia State Senate District 33 have raised a total of $2,525,076. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $505,015 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Virginia State Senate District 33
Year Amount Candidates Average
2011 $1,159,368 2 $579,684
2007 $1,254,299 2 $627,150
2003 $111,409 1 $111,409
Total $2,525,076 5 $505,015

See also

External links

References

  1. Commonwealth of Virginia Division of Legislative Services, Redistricting 2010, April 28, 2011
  2. U.S. Census Bureau, "2010 Census Interactive Population Search," accessed February 14, 2014
  3. U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population: 2000," April 2, 2001
  4. vakids.org, "Virginia State Legislature For Kids," accessed December 18, 2013
  5. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  6. Virginia General Assembly, "Code of Virginia," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 24.2-228.1 (A), Code of Virginia)
  7. Virginia General Assembly, "Code of Virginia," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 24.2-682(C), Virginia Code)
  8. Virginia General Assembly, "Code of Virginia," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 24.2-682(A), Virginia Code)
  9. sbe.virginia.gov, "Official candidate list," accessed December 31, 2013
  10. Washington Post, "Democrats win state Senate seat in Northern Virginia — and perhaps control of the chamber," January 21, 2014
  11. Virginia Secretary of State, "Official special election results," accessed January 30, 2014
  12. nbc29.com, "VA Senate Special Election Set Jan. 21," December 20, 2013
  13. Virginia State Board of Elections, Official Democratic Primary Results, accessed October 29, 2013
  14. Virginia State Board of Elections, Official Republican Primary Results, accessed October 29, 2013
  15. Virginia State Board of Elections, Official General Election Results, accessed October 29, 2013