West Virginia House of Delegates District 46

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West Virginia House of Delegates District 46
Current incumbentPeggy Donaldson Smith Democratic Party
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
West Virginia's forty-sixth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Peggy Donaldson Smith.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 18,397 civilians reside within West Virginia's forty-sixth state house district.[1] West Virginia's state delegates represent an average of 18,530 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 18,083 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. West Virginia legislators assume office the first day of December following the election.


Section 13 of Article 6 of the West Virginia Constitution states, "No person holding any other lucrative office or employment under this state, the United States, or any foreign government; no member of Congress; and no person who is sheriff, constable, or clerk of any court of record, shall be eligible to a seat in the Legislature."


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the West Virginia Legislature are paid $20,000/year. Legislators receive $131/day per diem during session, set by the compensation commission.[4]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

In West Virginia, the Governor is responsible for filling all vacancies in the house.[5][6]

The executive committee of the political party that holds the seat must submit a list of three candidates to the Governor. The list must be submitted to the Governor within 15 days of the vacancy. The Governor must make a selection within five days of receiving the list. The person that is selected to fill the seat serves the remainder of the unfilled term.[6]



See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2012

Elections for the office of West Virginia House of Delegates consisted of a primary election on May 8, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. Democratic incumbent Peggy Donaldson Smith was unchallenged in the general election. Smith was unopposed in the Democratic primary election.[7][8]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for West Virginia House of Delegates District 46 have raised a total of $170,100. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $8,505 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, West Virginia House of Delegates District 46
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $19,470 1 $19,470
2010 $26,001 2 $13,001
2008 $17,228 2 $8,614
2006 $53,378 4 $13,345
2004 $18,021 2 $9,011
2002 $17,602 2 $8,801
2000 $18,400 7 $2,629
Total $170,100 20 $8,505

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