West Virginia State Senate District 6

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West Virginia State Senate District 6
Current incumbentBill Cole Republican Party
Truman Chafin Democratic Party
Population93,502
Voting age78.3% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
West Virginia's sixth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Bill Cole and Democrat Senator Truman Chafin.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 93,502 civilians reside within West Virginia's sixth 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 Bill Cole defeated Democratic incumbent Mark Wills in the general election. Wills defeated Michael "Mike" Mitchem in the Democratic primary election.[7][8]

West Virginia State Senate, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cole 57% 11,975
     Democratic Mark Wills Incumbent 43% 9,034
Total Votes 21,009
West Virginia State Senate, District 6 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Wills Incumbent 52.1% 6,768
Mike Mitchem 47.9% 6,216
Total Votes 12,984

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 Truman Chafin was unchallenged in the general election. Chafin was unopposed in the Democratic primary election.[9][10]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for West Virginia State Senate District 6 have raised a total of $1,745,595. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $109,100 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, West Virginia State Senate District 6
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $370,283 4 $92,571
2010 $672,725 2 $336,363
2008 $64,593 4 $16,148
2006 $378,222 2 $189,111
2004 $22,790 1 $22,790
2002 $229,532 2 $114,766
2000 $7,450 1 $7,450
Total $1,745,595 16 $109,100

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