West Virginia state legislative districts

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There are a total of 134 seats in the West Virginia State Legislature. All 100 seats of the West Virginia House of Delegates and 17 seats of the West Virginia State Senate are up for election every two years.

Chambers

Senate

The West Virginia Senate is the upper house of the West Virginia Legislature. The senate has 34 senators. They are elected from 17 senate districts; each of these districts elect two senators who serve staggered four-year terms, which means that each of the 17 state senate districts have one state senate election every even-numbered year. Each member represents an average of 54,500 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1]

House

The West Virginia House of Delegates is the lower house of the West Virginia State Legislature, the state legislature of West Virginia. A total of 100 Members make up the legislature and meet at the State Capitol in Charleston. All members are elected to two year terms. Each member represents an average of 18,530 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[2]

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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."

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
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If there is a vacancy in the senate, the Governor is responsible for filling any vacancy.[3][4]

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.[4]

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]

Term limits

West Virginia's state senators are not subject to term limits.

Districts

These are links to every district in the West Virginia State Senate.

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."

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
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In West Virginia, the Governor is responsible for filling all vacancies in the house.[6][4]

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.[4]

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.[7]

Term limits

West Virginia delegates serve two-year terms with no term limits.

Districts

These are links to every district in the Virginia House of Representatives.

See also

External links

References