Wyoming State Senate District 17

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Wyoming State Senate District 17
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Current incumbentLeland Christensen Republican Party
Population19,969
Race89.5% White, 0.3% Black or African American, 0.6% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.1% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 8.4% Other; 1.7% Two or More Races
Ethnicity83.4% Not Hispanic, 16.6% Hispanic
Voting age81.5% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Wyoming's seventeenth state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Leland Christensen.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 19,969 civilians reside within Wyoming's seventeenth state senate district.[1] Wyoming's state senators represent an average of 18,788 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 16,459 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Wyoming State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Wyoming legislators assume office the first Monday in January following the election.

Qualifications

Section 2 of Article 3 of the Wyoming Constitution states, "Senators shall be elected for the term of four (4) years and representatives for the term of two (2) years. The senators elected at the first election shall be divided by lot into two classes as nearly equal as may be. The seats of senators of the first class shall be vacated at the expiration of the first two years, and of the second class at the expiration of four years. No person shall be a senator who has not attained the age of twenty-five years, or a representative who has not attained the age of twenty-one years, and who is not a citizen of the United States and of this state and who has not, for at least twelve months next preceding his election resided within the county or district in which he was elected."

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Wyoming Legislature are paid $150/day. Legislators receive $109/day per diem, set by the legislature.[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, the Board of County Commissioners representing the vacant seat must select a replacement. The state central committee of the political party that last held the seat must submit a list of three candidates to the Board of County Commissioners. The party committee must submit the list of candidates within 30 days after the vacancy happened.[5]

The Board of County Commissioners selects the replacement within five days of receiving the list of candidates. The person appointed to the seat serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: Wyoming State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Wyoming State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 19, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 30, 2014. Incumbent Leland Christensen ran unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[6][7]

2010

See also: Wyoming State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Wyoming State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 17, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. Leland Christensen (R) defeated Tom Frisbie (D) in the general election. Christensen defeated Sam Harrell in the Republican primary election. Frisbie was unopposed in the Democratic primary election.[8][9][10]

Wyoming State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeland Christensen 55.1% 4,361
     Democratic Tom Frisbie 44.9% 3,547
Total Votes 7,908
Wyoming State Senate, District 17 Republican Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLeland Christensen 80.1% 2,448
Sam Harrell 19.9% 610
Total Votes 3,058

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Wyoming State Senate District 17 have raised a total of $204,272. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $34,045 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Wyoming State Senate District 17
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $56,436 2 $28,218
2006 $145,061 3 $48,354
2002 $2,775 1 $2,775
Total $204,272 6 $34,045

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