Colorado State Senate District 5
|Colorado State Senate District 5|
|Current incumbent||Gail Schwartz|
|Ethnicity||0.9% Black, 21% Hispanic|
|Voting age||78.7% age 18 and over|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 128,103 civilians reside within Colorado's fifth state senate district. Colorado state senators represent an average of 143,691 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 122,893 residents.
About the office
Article 5, Section 4 of the Colorado Constitution states: No person shall be a representative or senator who shall not have attained the age of twenty-five years, who shall not be a citizen of the United States, who shall not for at least twelve months next preceding his election, have resided within the territory included in the limits of the county or district in which he shall be chosen; provided, that any person who at the time of the adoption of this constitution, was a qualified elector under the territorial laws, shall be eligible to the first general assembly.
- See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
As of 2013, members of the Colorado legislature are paid $30,000 per year. They are also given per diem of $183 for members who live more than 50 miles from capitol and $45 for members who live 50 or fewer miles from capitol.
- See also: State legislatures with term limits
In the event of any vacancy in the senate, the political party that holds the vacant seat is responsible for deciding a replacement. A vacancy committee consisting of members of the political party holding the vacant seat must conduct an election when deciding an appointee. A simple majority vote of members in the vacancy committee is needed to approve any appointment. The person selected to fill the vacancy serves until the next scheduled general election.
- See also: Colorado State Senate elections, 2010
Elections for the office of Colorado State Senate consisted of a primary election on August 10, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was May 27, 2010. Incumbent Gail Schwartz defeated Robert E. Rankin (R) in the general election. Schwartz ran unopposed in the August 10 Democratic primary while Rankin defeated Wayne Wolf in the Republican primary.
|Colorado State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Gail Schwartz Incumbent||51.1%||26,355|
|Republican||Robert E. Rankin||48.9%||25,269|
Since 2000, candidates for Colorado State Senate District 5 have raised a total of $777,217. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $77,722 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, Colorado State Senate District 5|
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- Public Mapping Project, “Colorado 2010 Census Statistics,” November 8, 2013
- United States Census 2010, "Population in 2010 of the American states," November 22, 2013
- United States Census 2010, "Population in 2000 of the American states," November 27, 2013
- colorado.gov, "Term limits," accessed December 16, 2013
- NCSL.org, "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
- Colorado Constitution, accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Section Article V, Section II, Subsection 3)
- Colorado Secretary of State, “2010 General Election,” October 24, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “2010 General Primary,” October 24, 2013