West Virginia House of Delegates District 55

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West Virginia House of Delegates District 55
Current incumbentIsaac Sponaugle Democratic Party
Population19,414
Next electionNovember 8, 2014
West Virginia's fifty-fifth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Isaac Sponaugle.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 19,414 civilians reside within West Virginia's fifty-fifth 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.

Qualifications

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."

Salaries

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]

Vacancies

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]

Elections

2012

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. Democrat Isaac Sponaugle defeated Republican Stephen G. Smith in the general election. Sponaugle defeated John Hamilton Treadway, Jr. in the Democratic primary election. Smith was unopposed in the Republican primary election.[7][8]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 55, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngIsaac Sponaugle 58.8% 4,316
     Republican Stephen G. Smith 41.2% 3,025
Total Votes 7,341
West Virginia House of Delegates, District 55 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngIsaac Sponaugle 56.4% 2,247
John Hamilton Treadway, Jr. 43.6% 1,735
Total Votes 3,982

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for West Virginia House of Delegates District 55 have raised a total of $190,316. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $14,640 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, West Virginia House of Delegates District 55
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $27,459 3 $9,153
2010 $64,287 2 $32,144
2008 $6,952 1 $6,952
2006 $11,708 1 $11,708
2004 $7,538 1 $7,538
2002 $13,993 2 $6,997
2000 $58,379 3 $19,460
Total $190,316 13 $14,640

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