Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2010

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Term limits and state legislatures
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ArizonaArkansasCalifornia
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MichiganMissouriMontana
NevadaOhio
OklahomaSouth Dakota
Impact on state senates
State legislatures with term limits
45 state houses are holding general elections in November 2010. In 13 of these states, state house terms are subject to term limits. (15 states have state legislative term limits, but Louisiana is not holding a state house election in 2010 and Nebraska does not have a state house.)

253 state representatives are ineligible to run for re-election in November because of term limit laws in their state. This includes 127 incumbent Democratic state representatives, 124 incumbent Republican state representatives and 2 non-partisan state representatives.

Differential impact on parties

Going into the November 2010 election, the Democratic Party is the majority party in 7 of the 13 state houses with term limits. The Republican Party is the majority party in 5 of the term-limited state houses. One state -- Montana -- is equal with 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats.

  • In 6 states, the term limits axe falls more heavily on incumbent Republicans: Arizona, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma and South Dakota. In 5 of these states, the current majority party is also the Republican Party. The Montana House is currently evenly split at 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans.
  • In 6 states, the term limits axe falls more heavily on incumbent Democrats: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada and Ohio. In all 6 of these states, the current majority party is also the Democratic Party.
  • In 1 state, the axe falls equally on both parties (Maine).

Houses with elections

Note: The figures in Column 5 ("Seats impacted by term limits") only reflects current members of state houses who are unable to run for re-election to their state's senate in 2010 because of term limits. In some cases, including cases in California and Florida, state representatives who would have been unable to run for re-election in November resigned earlier in the year or were appointed to other positions. Representatives who resigned, and are not current members of their state houses, are not counted in these figures.

Houses with limits Majority party Seats in house Up for election in 2010 Seats impacted by term limits Party with most losses
Arizona: (House), (2010 elections) Republican Party 60 60 5 Democratic Party + 8 Republican Party = 13 Republican Party
Arkansas: (House), (2010 elections) Democratic Party 100 100 28 Democratic Party + 6 Republican Party = 34 Democratic Party
California: (Assembly), (2010 elections) Democratic Party 80 80 11 Democratic Party + 6 Republican Party + 1 Independent = 18 Democratic Party
Colorado: (House), (2010 elections) Democratic Party 65 65 7 Democratic Party + 1 Republican Party = 8 Democratic Party
Florida: (House), (2010 elections) Republican Party 120 120 3 Democratic Party + 20 Republican Party = 23 Republican Party
Maine: (House), (2010 elections) Democratic Party 153 153 10 Democratic Party + 10 Republican Party + 1 Independent = 21 Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada
Michigan: (House), (2010 elections) Democratic Party 110 110 19 Democratic Party + 15 Republican Party = 34 Democratic Party
Missouri: (House), (2010 elections) Republican Party 163 163 18 Democratic Party + 34 Republican Party = 52 Republican Party
Montana: (House), (2010 elections) Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada 100 100 6 Democratic Party + 9 Republican Party = 15 Republican Party
Nevada: (House), (2010 elections) Democratic Party 42 42 9 Democratic Party + 1 Republican Party = 10 Democratic Party
Ohio: (House), (2010 elections) Democratic Party 99 99 9 Democratic Party + 4 Republican Party = 13 Democratic Party
Oklahoma: (House), (2010 elections) Republican Party 101 101 1 Democratic Party + 3 Republican Party = 4 Republican Party
South Dakota: (House), (2010 elections) Republican Party 70 70 1 Democratic Party + 7 Republican Party = 8 Republican Party
Totals: (7) Democratic Party (5) Republican Party (1) Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada 1,263 1,263 127 Democratic Party + 124 Republican Party + 2 Independent = 253 6 Democratic Party, 6 Republican Party, 1 Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada

States with limits

Legend:
Democratic Party = Democratic Party is majority partyRepublican Party = Republican Party is majority party



Republican Party Arizona

Arizona
See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

All of Arizona's 60 state representative seats are up for election on November 2. Arizona representatives serve two-year terms with a four-term/eight-year limit that was imposed by Proposition 107 in 1992. Arizona's term limits apply to parts of terms and not just full terms.

In the 2010 state house elections, 13 senators who were first elected in 2002 (five Democratic state representatives and eight GOP state representatives) cannot run for re-election.

In addition to the 13 state representatives who are leaving office because of Arizona's term limits, 10 state senators are also leaving.

Democrats (5):

Republicans (8):

Democratic Party Arkansas

Arkansas
See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Arkansas state representatives whose seats are up for election in 2010 but who are unable to run because of the state's term limits are:

Democrats (28):

Republicans (6):

Democratic Party California

California
See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

California state representatives whose seats are up for election in 2010 but who are unable to run because of the state's term limits are:

Democrats (11):

Republicans (6):

Independents (1):

Democratic Party Colorado

Colorado
See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Colorado state representatives whose seats are up for election in 2010 but who are unable to run because of the state's term limits are:

Democrats (7):

Republicans (1):

Republican Party Florida

Florida
See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2010

Florida state representatives whose seats are up for election in 2010 but who are unable to run because of the state's term limits are:

Democrats (3):

Republicans (20):

Democratic Party Maine

Maine
See also: Maine House of Representatives elections, 2010

Maine state representatives whose seats are up for election in 2010 but who are unable to run because of the state's term limits are:

Democrats (10):

Republicans (10):

Independents (1):

 

Democratic Party Michigan

Michigan
See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Michigan state representative whose seats are up for election in 2010 but who are unable to run because of the state's term limits are:

Democrats (19):

Republicans (15):

Republican Party Missouri

Missouri
See also: Missouri House of Representatives elections, 2010

Missouri state representatives whose seats are up for election in 2010 but who are unable to run because of the state's term limits are:

Democrats (18):

Republicans (34):

Constitution_Party#Independent_American_Party_of_Nevada Montana

Montana
See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

The Montana House of Representatives has been a term-limited state house since Montana voters approved C-64 in 1992. C-64 created Section 8 of Article IV of the Montana Constitution, which says that Montana State Representatives cannot serve 8 or more years in any 16-year period.

There are 100 Montana State Representatives.

Montana state representatives whose seats are up for election in 2010 but who are unable to run because of the state's term limits are:

Democrats (6):

Republicans (9):

Democratic Party Nevada

Nevada
See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010

Nevada state representatives whose seats are up for election in 2010 but who are unable to run because of the state's term limits are:

Democrats (9):

Republicans (1):

Democratic Party Ohio

Ohio
See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ohio state representatives whose seats are up for election in 2010 but who are unable to run because of the state's term limits are:

Democrats (9):

Republicans (4):

Republican Party Oklahoma

Oklahoma
See also: Oklahoma House of Representatives elections, 2010

Oklahoma state representatives whose seats are up for election in 2010 but who are unable to run because of the state's term limits are:

Democrats (1):

 

Republicans (3):

Republican Party South Dakota

South Dakota
See also: South Dakota House of Representatives elections, 2010

South Dakota state representatives whose seats are up for election in 2010 but who are unable to run because of the state's term limits are:

Democrats (1):

Republicans (7):

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