Maine State Senate District 16

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Maine State Senate District 16
Current incumbentMargaret Craven Democratic Party
Ethnicity5.6% Black, 1.5% Hispanic
Voting age77.9% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Maine's sixteenth state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Margaret Craven.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 36,592 civilians reside within Maine's sixteenth state senate district.[1] Maine state senators represent an average of 37,953 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 36,426 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Maine State Senate serve four-year terms with term limits.[2] Maine legislators assume office after the first Wednesday in December after their election.


Section 6 of Part 2 of Article 4 of the Maine Constitution states, "The Senators shall be 25 years of age at the commencement of the term, for which they are elected, and in all other respects their qualifications shall be the same as those of the Representatives."

Section 4 of Part 1 of Article 4 of the Maine Constitution states, "Qualifications; residency requirement. No person shall be a member of the House of Representatives, unless the person shall, at the commencement of the period for which the person is elected, have been 5 years a citizen of the United States, have arrived at the age of 21 years, have been a resident in this State one year; and for the 3 months next preceding the time of this person's election shall have been, and, during the period for which elected, shall continue to be a resident in the district which that person represents."


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Maine legislature are paid $13,852/year (first regular session) and $9,661/year (second regular session). Legislators receive $38/day per diem for one of two options: housing or mileage and tolls. Additionally, legislators receive $32/day for meals.[3]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Maine legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Maine Term Limits Act in 1993. That initiative said that Maine senators are subject to term limits of no more than four two-year terms, or a total of eight years.

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1993 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 1996.[2]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the senate, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat.[4][5] The Governor must call for an election and allow all political committees representing the vacant seat to set all deadlines.[6][4][5] The person elected to the seat serves for the remainder of the unexpired term.[7]



See also: Maine State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Maine State Senate consisted of a primary election on June 12, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 15, 2012. Incumbent Margaret Craven (D) defeated Robert Reed (R) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[8][9]

Maine State Senate, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMargaret Craven Incumbent 67.4% 10,208
     Republican Robert Reed 32.6% 4,933
Total Votes 15,141

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Maine State Senate District 16 have raised a total of $363,145. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $20,175 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Maine State Senate District 16
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $22,000 2 $11,000
2010 $43,309 2 $21,655
2008 $47,898 4 $11,975
2006 $44,038 2 $22,019
2004 $70,492 3 $23,497
2002 $95,145 3 $31,715
2000 $40,263 2 $20,132
Total $363,145 18 $20,175

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