Virginia State Senate District 34

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Virginia State Senate District 34
Current incumbentJohn Chapman "Chap" Petersen Democratic Party
Race67.7% White, 5.9% Black, 0.5% American Indian, 20.7% Asian, 0.1% Hawaiian, 4.3% Other, 0.6% Two or More Races
Ethnicity88.8% Not Hispanic, 11.2% Hispanic
Voting age77.2% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 3, 2015
Virginia's thirty-fourth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator John Chapman "Chap" Petersen.

As of the 2011 redistricting, a total of 196,312 civilians reside within Virginia's thirty-fourth 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.


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]


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]


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]



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 John Chapman "Chap" Petersen defeated Republican Gerarda Culipher in the general election. Petersen was unopposed in the Democratic primary election. Culipher was unopposed in the Republican primary election.[9][10][11]

Virginia State Senate, District 34 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Chapman "Chap" Petersen Incumbent 59.8% 23,662
     Republican Gerarda Culipher 40.2% 15,933
Total Votes 39,595

Campaign contributions

Since 2003, candidates for Virginia State Senate District 34 have raised a total of $4,292,444. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $613,206 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Virginia State Senate District 34
Year Amount Candidates Average
2011 $664,925 2 $332,463
2007 $3,111,739 2 $1,555,870
2003 $515,780 3 $171,927
Total $4,292,444 7 $613,206

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