West Virginia House of Delegates District 47

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West Virginia House of Delegates District 47
Current incumbentMary M. Poling Democratic Party
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
West Virginia's forty-seventh state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Mary M. Poling.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 19,278 civilians reside within West Virginia's forty-seventh 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 Mary M. Poling defeated Republican John R. Rose, Sr. in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the primary elections.[7][8]

Note: Rose died on October 30, 2012, when a falling tree limb hit him while he was checking fences on his deer farm during post-tropical storm Sandy. Due to a technicality, his name remained on the ballot. Had Rose won, the governor would have appointed someone to the seat.[9][10]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for West Virginia House of Delegates District 47 have raised a total of $242,361. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $26,929 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, West Virginia House of Delegates District 47
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $30,699 2 $15,350
2010 $5,822 1 $5,822
2008 $49,917 2 $24,959
2006 $46,530 1 $46,530
2004 $62,118 1 $62,118
2002 $27,025 1 $27,025
2000 $20,250 1 $20,250
Total $242,361 9 $26,929

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