Virginia State Senate District 38

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Virginia State Senate District 38
Current incumbentVacant
Population201,414
Race94.3% White, 4.1% Black, 0.4% American Indian, 0.6% Asian, 0.0% Hawaiian, 0.4% Other, 0.1% Two or More Races
Ethnicity99.% Not Hispanic, 1.0% Hispanic
Voting age80.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 3, 2015
Virginia's thirty-eighth state senate district seat is currently vacant. Phillip Puckett (D) resigned June 9, 2014.[1]

As of the 2011 redistricting, a total of 201,414 civilians reside within Virginia's thirty-eighth 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.

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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[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]

Elections

2014

See also: Virginia state legislative special elections, 2014

Mike Hymes (D), A. Benton Chafin (R) and Rick A. Mullins (I) will face off in the special election, which takes place on August 19.[10]

This special election is particularly important because it will determine which party controls the chamber. The seat is vacant following Phillip Puckett's (D) resignation on June 9, 2014.[11]

A special election for the position of Virginia State Senate District 38 has been called for August 19, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 20. Candidates were chosen by the parties rather than through a primary.[12][13]

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 Phillip Puckett defeated Republican Adam Light in the general election. Puckett was unopposed in the Democratic primary election. Light was unopposed in the Republican primary election.[14][15][16]

Virginia State Senate, District 38 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPhillip Puckett Incumbent 53% 26,339
     Republican Adam Light 47% 23,328
Total Votes 49,667

Campaign contributions

Since 2003, candidates for Virginia State Senate District 38 have raised a total of $2,512,997. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $628,249 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Virginia State Senate District 38
Year Amount Candidates Average
2011 $2,277,716 2 $1,138,858
2007 $155,806 1 $155,806
2003 $79,475 1 $79,475
Total $2,512,997 4 $628,249

See also

External links

References

  1. WJLA, "Phil Puckett, Virginia senator, announces his resignation," June 9, 2014
  2. Commonwealth of Virginia Division of Legislative Services, Redistricting 2010, April 28, 2011
  3. U.S. Census Bureau, "2010 Census Interactive Population Search," accessed February 14, 2014
  4. U.S. Census Bureau, "States Ranked by Population: 2000," April 2, 2001
  5. vakids.org, "Virginia State Legislature For Kids," accessed December 18, 2013
  6. NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  7. Virginia General Assembly, "Code of Virginia," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 24.2-228.1 (A), Code of Virginia)
  8. Virginia General Assembly, "Code of Virginia," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 24.2-682(C), Virginia Code)
  9. Virginia General Assembly, "Code of Virginia," accessed December 18, 2013(Referenced Statute 24.2-682(A), Virginia Code)
  10. Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official candidate list," accessed July 11, 2014
  11. WJLA, "Phil Puckett, Virginia senator, announces his resignation," June 9, 2014
  12. The Roanoke Times, "4 now seeking party nod for state Senate seat with NRV corner," June 17, 2014
  13. Washington Post, "Republicans select Del. Ben Chafin to run for Phillip Puckett’s Virginia Senate seat," June 20, 2014
  14. Virginia State Board of Elections, Official Democratic Primary Results, accessed October 29, 2013
  15. Virginia State Board of Elections, Official Republican Primary Results, accessed October 29, 2013
  16. Virginia State Board of Elections, Official General Election Results, accessed October 29, 2013