West Virginia House of Delegates District 56

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West Virginia House of Delegates District 56
Current incumbentGary G. Howell Republican Party
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
West Virginia's fifty-sixth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Gary G. Howell.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 19,413 civilians reside within West Virginia's fifty-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. Republican incumbent Gary G. Howell defeated Democrat Jim Maybury in the general election. Howell defeated Robert "Bob" Harman in the Republican primary election. Maybury was unopposed in the Democratic primary election.[7][8]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 56 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGary G. Howell Incumbent 67.9% 1,075
Bob Harman 32.1% 508
Total Votes 1,583

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for West Virginia House of Delegates District 56 have raised a total of $232,255. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $12,903 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, West Virginia House of Delegates District 56
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $36,896 3 $12,299
2010 $91,373 2 $45,687
2008 $4,412 1 $4,412
2006 $40,357 2 $20,179
2004 $16,201 2 $8,101
2002 $18,562 4 $4,641
2000 $24,454 4 $6,114
Total $232,255 18 $12,903

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