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Oregon State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

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District 1District 2District 5District 9District 12District 14District 18District 21District 23District 25District 27District 28District 29District 30
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Elections for the office of Oregon State Senate were held in Oregon on November 6, 2012. A total of 14 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 6, 2012. The primary Election Day was May 15, 2012.[1]

See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Oregon State Senate:

Oregon State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 16 16
     Republican Party 14 14
Total 30 30

Incumbents retiring

A total of three incumbents did not run for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
David Nelson Ends.png Republican Senate District 29
Jason Atkinson Ends.png Republican Senate District 2
Joanne Verger Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 5

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Oregon in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[2]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2012 37 $7,962,888
2010 41 $8,704,179
2008 29 $2,779,111
2006 40 $6,103,385
2004 36 $7,016,263
2002 37 $6,330,449
2000 30 $5,255,383

During the 2012 election, the total contributions to the 37 Senate candidates was $7,962,888. The top 10 contributors were:[3]

2012 Donors, Oregon State Senate
Donor Amount
The Leadership Fund $959,638
Senate Democratic Leadership Fund $393,062
Oregon Democratic Party $314,886
Oregon Healthcare Association $238,484
Doctors for Healthy Communities $174,225
Douglas County Physicians Association $164,975
Service Employees Local 530 $160,763
Coalition for a Healthy Oregon $128,841
Oregon Small Business Association $108,533
Nike $102,740


Map of Oregon Senate Districts with less than 10% party registration differential before and after the 2010 redistricting. A total of 8 legislative districts meet the criteria after 2010.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Oregon

The Legislature passed new legislative maps on June 10, 2011, and Governor John Kitzhaber (D) signed the new maps into law on June 13, making it the first redistricting cycle in a century without court or Secretary of State involvement; it was also the first time in three decades that it could even pass maps regardless of legality. Not everyone was happy; freshman Republicans Reps. Patrick Sheehan and Jason Conger claimed they were victims of gerrymandering, and even though Democrats held a very slight edge going into the 2012 election (16-14 in the Senate, even split in the House), numerous representatives and senators of both parties were upset about splits and extensions of their districts.[4][5]

In Oregon, there are seven state senate districts where the partisan registration of Democratic and Republican voters is less than 10 percentage points apart. These districts would be considered "competitive" when looked at strictly with respect to vote party affiliation. The seven districts in Oregon are District 3, 10, 12, 13, 20, 26 and 27.

Qualifications

Article 4, Section 8 of the Oregon Constitution states:

  • No person shall be a Senator or Representative who at the time of election is not a citizen of the United States; nor anyone who has not been for one year next preceding the election an inhabitant of the district from which the Senator or Representative may be chosen. However, for purposes of the general election next following the operative date of an apportionment under section 6 of this Article, the person must have been an inhabitant of the district from January 1 of the year following the reapportionment to the date of the election.
  • Senators and Representatives shall be at least twenty one years of age.
  • No person shall be a Senator or Representative who has been convicted of a felony during:
    • The term of office of the person as a Senator or Representative; or
    • The period beginning on the date of the election at which the person was elected to the office of Senator or Representative and ending on the first day of the term of office to which the person was elected.
  • No person is eligible to be elected as a Senator or Representative if that person has been convicted of a felony and has not completed the sentence received for the conviction prior to the date that person would take office if elected. As used in this subsection, “sentence received for the conviction” includes a term of imprisonment, any period of probation or post-prison supervision and payment of a monetary obligation imposed as all or part of a sentence.
  • Notwithstanding sections 11 and 15, Article IV of this Constitution:
    • The office of a Senator or Representative convicted of a felony during the term to which the Senator or Representative was elected or appointed shall become vacant on the date the Senator or Representative is convicted.
    • A person elected to the office of Senator or Representative and convicted of a felony during the period beginning on the date of the election and ending on the first day of the term of office to which the person was elected shall be ineligible to take office and the office shall become vacant on the first day of the next term of office.
  • Subject to subsection (4) of this section, a person who is ineligible to be a Senator or Representative under subsection (3) of this section may:
    • Be a Senator or Representative after the expiration of the term of office during which the person is ineligible; and
    • Be a candidate for the office of Senator or Representative prior to the expiration of the term of office during which the person is ineligible.
  • No person shall be a Senator or Representative who at all times during the term of office of the person as a Senator or Representative is not an inhabitant of the district from which the Senator or Representative may be chosen or has been appointed to represent. A person shall not lose status as an inhabitant of a district if the person is absent from the district for purposes of business of the Legislative Assembly. Following the operative date of an apportionment under section 6 of this Article, until the expiration of the term of office of the person, a person may be an inhabitant of any district.

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party May 15 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 15 GOP primary:
  • Jeff Kruse: 13,906 Approveda- Incumbent Kruse first assumed office in 2005.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Eldon Rollins: 16,062
Republican Party Jeff Kruse: 40,361 Green check mark transparent.png

District 2

Note: Incumbent Republican Jason Atkinson did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party May 15 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 15 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Diefenderfer: 18,219
Republican Party Herman Baertschiger, Jr.: 34,420 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Note: Incumbent Democrat Joanne Verger did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party May 15 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 15 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Arnie Roblan: 30,343 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Scott Roberts: 24,979

District 9

Democratic Party May 15 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 15 GOP primary:
  • Fred Girod: 8,443 Approveda- Incumbent Girod first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steve Frank: 18,451
Republican Party Fred Girod: 33,278 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party May 15 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 15 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate:

Note: Ewert does not appear on the final list of candidates.[6]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Annette Frank: 22,535
Republican Party Brian J. Boquist: 34,038 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Democratic Party May 15 Democratic primary:
  • Mark Hass: 8,165 Approveda- Incumbent Hass first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party May 15 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mark Hass: 32,372 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Gary Coe: 19,694
Libertarian Party Mark Vetanen: 1,464

District 17

Democratic Party May 15 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 15 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Elizabeth Steiner Hayward: 37,545 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Verbeek: 18,879

District 18

Democratic Party May 15 Democratic primary:
  • Ginny Burdick: 13,640 Approveda- Incumbent Burdick first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party May 15 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ginny Burdick: 43,412 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Suzanne Gallagher: 19,037

District 21

Democratic Party May 15 Democratic primary:
  • Diane Rosenbaum: 15,755 Approveda- Incumbent Rosenbaum first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party May 15 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Diane Rosenbaum: 55,734 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Cliff Hutchison: 10,143

District 22

Democratic Party May 15 Democratic primary:
  • Chip Shields: 14,916 Approveda- Incumbent Shields first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party May 15 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Chip Shields: 55,017 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Herbert Booth: 4,693

District 23

Democratic Party May 15 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 15 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Independent Independent candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jackie Dingfelder: 43,582 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Tracy Olsen: 10,459

District 25

Democratic Party May 15 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 15 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Laurie Monnes Anderson: 22,944 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Scott Hansen: 18,962
Libertarian Party Eugene Newell, Jr.: 1,046

District 27

Democratic Party May 15 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 15 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Geri Hauser: 24,399
Republican Party Tim Knopp: 35,398 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party May 15 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 15 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Douglas K. Whitsett: 40,658 Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Note: Incumbent Republican David Nelson did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party May 15 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 15 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Antone Minthorn: 13,975
Republican Party Bill Hansell: 30,552 Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Democratic Party May 15 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 15 GOP primary:
  • Ted Ferrioli: 13,004 Approveda- Incumbent Ferrioli first assumed office in 1997.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Ted Ferrioli: 38,678 Green check mark transparent.png

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