Washington House of Representatives District 4

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Washington House of Representatives District 4
Current incumbentLeonard Christian (4a) Republican Party
Matthew Shea (4b) Republican Party
Population141,254
Race91.8% White, 3.0% Two or More Races, 1.2% Other Race, 2.6% Asian, 0.9% Black, 1.1% American Indian/Alaska Native, 0.2% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
Ethnicity96.0% Not Hispanic, 4.0% Hispanic
Voting age75.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Washington's fourth state house district is represented by Republican Representatives Leonard Christian and Matthew Shea. Christian was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Larry Crouse after he resigned on December 31, 2013.[1]

As of the 2010 census, a total of 141,254 civilians reside within the 423.9 square miles of Washington's fourth state house district. The population per square mile is 336. The median age of these residents is 38.8.[2] Washington's state representatives represent an average of 68,618 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 60,144 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the Washington House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Washington legislators assume office the first day of session.

Qualifications

Section 7 of Article 2 of the Washington State Constitution states, "No person shall be eligible to the legislature who shall not be a citizen of the United States and a qualified voter in the district for which he is chosen."

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Washington Legislature are paid $42,106/year. Legislators receive $90/day per diem.[5]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, the Board of County Commissioners where the vacant seat is located has the responsibility to select a replacement. The state central committee of the political party that last held the seat must submit a list of three candidates to the Board of County Commissioners representing the vacant district. A selection must be made within 60 days after the vacancy happened.[6]

Elections

2012

See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

District 4a

Elections for the office of Washington House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 7, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Larry Crouse (R) was unchallenged in the general election. Crouse was unopposed in the blanket primary election.[7][8]

District 4b

Elections for the office of Washington House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on August 7, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Matthew Shea (R) defeated Amy C. Biviano (D) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the blanket primary election.[7][8]

Washington House of Representatives, District 4b, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Shea Incumbent 56.7% 36,578
     Democratic Amy Biviano 43.3% 27,926
Total Votes 64,504

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Washington House of Representatives District 4 have raised a total of $879,801. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $36,658 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Washington House of Representatives District 4
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $165,440 3 $55,147
2010 $99,554 2 $49,777
2008 $203,949 6 $33,992
2006 $110,326 3 $36,775
2004 $129,923 4 $32,481
2002 $52,196 2 $26,098
2000 $118,413 4 $29,603
Total $879,801 24 $36,658

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