Virginia State Senate District 6
|Virginia State Senate District 6|
|Current incumbent||Lynwood Lewis|
|Race||63.1% White, 28.1% Black, 1.0% American Indian, 3.4% Asian, 0.2% Hawaiian, 3.0% Other, 1.2% Two or More Races|
|Ethnicity||92.3% Not Hispanic, 7.7% Hispanic|
|Voting age||81.7% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 3, 2015|
As of the 2011 redistricting, a total of 196,367 civilians reside within Virginia's sixth state senate district. Virginia state senators represent an average of 200,026 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 176,963 residents.
About the office
- 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.
If there is a vacancy in the senate, then a special election must be conducted to fill the vacant seat. 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. 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.
Lynwood Lewis (D) defeated Wayne Coleman (R) in the special election. Initial returns showed Lewis leading by only 22 votes, within the range of a recount. Official results published by the State Board of Elections declared Lewis the winner by nine votes, leading Coleman to seek a recount. Following the recount, Lewis was declared the winner by eleven votes.
|Virginia State Senate, District 6, Special Election, 2014|
- 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 Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ben Loyola in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the primary elections.
|Virginia State Senate, District 6 General Election, 2011|
|Democratic||Ralph Northam Incumbent||56.8%||16,606|
Since 2003, candidates for Virginia State Senate District 6 have raised a total of $3,141,825. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $523,638 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Virginia State Senate District 6|
- For more information on the parameters the U.S. Census Bureau use, please see our Race and Ethnicity on the United States Census page.
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