West Virginia State Senate District 1

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West Virginia State Senate District 1
Current incumbentJack Yost Democratic Party
Rocky Fitzsimmons Democratic Party
Population95,975
Voting age80.8% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
West Virginia's first state senate district is represented by Democrat Senators Jack Yost and Rocky Fitzsimmons.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 95,975 civilians reside within West Virginia's first state senate district.[1] West Virginia state senators represent an average of 54,500 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 53,187 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the West Virginia State Senate serve four-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

If there is a vacancy in the senate, the Governor is responsible for filling any vacancy.[5][6]

There are two procedures for filling vacancies dependent upon how much time is left in the vacant senator's term. A gubernatorial appointment is required if less than two months and two years are left in the term. A temporary gubernatorial appointment is required for any vacancy that has more than two months and two years remaining. The person who is selected by the Governor to fill the seat on an interim basis, serves until the next scheduled general election. A special election must be held to determine a permanent replacement. The executive committee of the political party that holds the vacant senate seat is responsible for making recommendations to the Governor on any appointment.[6]

Elections

2012

See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of West Virginia State Senate consisted of a primary election on May 8, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. Democratic incumbent Jack Yost defeated Republican Pat McGeehan in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the primary elections.[7][8]

West Virginia State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJack Yost Incumbent 56.3% 11,760
     Republican Pat McGeehan 43.7% 9,146
Total Votes 20,906

2010

See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of West Virginia State Senate consisted of a primary election on May 11, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. Democrat Orphy Klempa defeated Republican Charles Schlegel in the general election. Klempa defeated Dan Greathouse in the Democratic primary election. Schlegel defeated Patrick McGeehan and Larry Tighe in the Republican primary election.[9][10]

Klempa resigned December 10, 2012. Rocky Fitzsimmons was appointed to fill the vacancy.[11]

West Virginia State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngOrphy Klempa 58.6% 17,179
     Republican Charles Schlegel 41.4% 12,137
Total Votes 29,316
West Virginia State Senate District 1 Democratic Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngOrphy Klempa 53.4% 6,838
Dan Greathouse 46.6% 5,960
Total Votes 12,798
West Virginia State Senate District 1 Republican Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Schlegel 44.5% 2,571
Patrick McGeehan 43.5% 2,515
Larry Tighe 12.1% 698
Total Votes 5,784

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for West Virginia State Senate District 1 have raised a total of $1,056,295. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $58,683 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, West Virginia State Senate District 1
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $128,195 2 $64,098
2010 $206,925 3 $68,975
2008 $236,160 3 $78,720
2006 $126,718 3 $42,239
2004 $166,810 4 $41,703
2002 $74,843 1 $74,843
2000 $116,644 2 $58,322
Total $1,056,295 18 $58,683

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