West Virginia State Senate District 4

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West Virginia State Senate District 4
Current incumbentMitch B. Carmichael Republican Party
Mike Hall Republican Party
Population117,998
Voting age77.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
West Virginia's fourth state senate district is represented by Republican Senators Mitch B. Carmichael and Mike Hall.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 117,998 civilians reside within West Virginia's fourth 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. Republican Mitch B. Carmichael defeated Democrat Michael "Mike" Bright in the general election. Carmichael was unopposed in the Republican primary election. Bright defeated Marla Dee Ingels in the Democratic primary election.[7][8]

West Virginia State Senate, District 4, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMitch Carmichael 55.9% 16,981
     Democratic Mike Bright 44.1% 13,403
Total Votes 30,384
West Virginia State Senate, District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Bright 67.5% 6,085
Marla Ingels 32.5% 2,936
Total Votes 9,021

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. Republican incumbent Mike Hall was unchallenged in the general election. Hall was unopposed in the Republican primary election.[9][10]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for West Virginia State Senate District 4 have raised a total of $1,432,836. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $71,642 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, West Virginia State Senate District 4
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $109,987 4 $27,497
2010 $19,990 1 $19,990
2008 $68,353 2 $34,177
2006 $197,817 3 $65,939
2004 $168,551 3 $56,184
2002 $727,740 3 $242,580
2000 $140,398 4 $35,100
Total $1,432,836 20 $71,642

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