West Virginia State Senate District 15

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West Virginia State Senate District 15
Current incumbentCraig P. Blair Republican Party
Donald Cookman Democratic Party
Population122,121
Voting age79.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
West Virginia's fifteenth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Craig P. Blair and Democrat Senator Donald Cookman. Cookman was first appointed to the chamber on January 31, 2013, by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to fill the vacancy left by Walt Helmick.[1]

As of the 2010 census, a total of 122,121 civilians reside within West Virginia's fifteenth state senate district.[2] West Virginia state senators represent an average of 54,500 residents.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 53,187 residents.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6][7]

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.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of West Virginia State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 13, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 25, 2014. Incumbent Donald H. Cookman was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Charles S. Trump, IV was unopposed in the Republican primary. Trump defeated Cookman in the general election.[8][9]

West Virginia State Senate District 15, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles S. Trump, IV 67.1% 17,609
     Democratic Donald H. Cookman Incumbent 32.9% 8,622
Total Votes 26,231

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. Republican Craig P. Blair defeated Constitution Party candidate Daniel Litten in the general election. Blair was unopposed in the Republican primary election.[10][11]

West Virginia State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCraig Blair 80.8% 28,766
     Constitution Daniel Litten 19.2% 6,847
Total Votes 35,613

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. Democratic incumbent Walt Helmick defeated Republican Jeremy Bauserman in the general election. Helmick defeated Thomas Ditty in the Democratic primary election. Bauserman defeated Greg Brown and Walter Noe in the Republican primary election.[12][13]

West Virginia State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWalt Helmick Incumbent 57% 19,192
     Republican Jeremy Bauserman 43% 14,470
Total Votes 33,662
West Virginia State Senate District 15 Democratic Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWalt Helmick 67.5% 6,864
Thomas Ditty 32.5% 3,310
Total Votes 10,174

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for West Virginia State Senate District 15 have raised a total of $1,315,202. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $69,221 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, West Virginia State Senate District 15
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $7,557 1 $7,557
2010 $152,119 5 $30,424
2008 $543,011 3 $181,004
2006 $111,431 1 $111,431
2004 $353,414 4 $88,354
2002 $93,418 3 $31,139
2000 $54,252 2 $27,126
Total $1,315,202 19 $69,221

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