Missouri State Senate elections, 2012

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Missouri State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributionsTerm limits
QualificationsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
District 1District 3District 5District 7District 9District 11District 13District 15District 17District 19District 21District 23District 25District 27District 29District 31District 33
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Elections for the office of Missouri State Senate were held in Missouri on November 6, 2012. A total of 17 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 27, 2012. The primary election day was August 7, 2012.[1]

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

Incumbents retiring

Name Party Current office
Bill Stouffer Ends.png Republican Senate District 21
Chuck Purgason Ends.png Republican Senate District 33
Jack Goodman Ends.png Republican Senate District 29
Jane Cunningham Ends.png Republican Senate District 7
Jason Crowell Ends.png Republican Senate District 27
Kevin Engler Ends.png Republican Senate District 3
Luann Ridgeway Ends.png Republican Senate District 17
Robert Mayer Ends.png Republican Senate District 25
Tim Green Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 13
Victor Callahan Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 11

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Missouri State Senate:

Missouri State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 8 10
     Republican Party 26 24
Total 34 34

Term limits

See also State legislatures with term limits and Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012

The Missouri State Senate has been a term-limited state senate since Missouri voters approved Amendment 13 in 1992. Amendment 13 created Section 8 of Article III of the Missouri Constitution, limiting state senators to 2 4-year terms. This is a lifetime limit, as is the case in 5 other states with state legislative term limits. Section 8 was later amended by Amendment 3 in 2002 so that it does not apply to partial terms.

Altogether, there are 34 Missouri State Senators. In 2012, 9 of them who were current members, or 26.5% of the total senate seats, were ineligible to run for the senate again in November. Of them, 2 were Democratic state senators and 7 were Republican state senators.

In addition to the 9 state senators who left office because of term limits, 25 state representatives were also termed-out.

The 9 current members of the state senate who were ineligible to run in November were:

Democrats (2):

Republicans (7):

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 Missouri 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
2010 50 $12,861,549
2008 37 $8,190,841
2006 44 $7,762,910
2004 55 $6,618,265
2002 49 $6,057,453

In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $12,861,549 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [3]

Donor Amount
Majority Fund Inc $707,500
Missouri Democratic Party $581,925
Missouri Republican Party $385,311
Citizens for Brad Lager $347,000
Humphreys, David Craig $277,500
Lamping, John T $180,003
Engler for Missouri $171,383
Herzog, Stanley M $160,500
Missouri Health & Hospital Association $153,650
Missouri Club for Growth $144,000

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Missouri State Senate, a candidate must be:[4]

  • At least 30 years of age
  • Qualified Missouri voter for three years before election
  • Resident of the district which he is chosen to represent for 1 year before election
  • Is not delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes, real property taxes on the place of residence as stated in the declaration of candidacy
  • is not a past or present corporate officer of any fee office that owes any taxes to the state.
  • Has not been found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under the federal laws of the United States of America.
  • Has not been convicted of or found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony under the laws of Missouri.
  • In addition to any other penalties provided by law, no person may file for any office in a subsequent election until he or the treasurer of his existing candidate committee has filed all required campaign disclosure reports for all prior elections.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Missouri

Although Congressional districts in Missouri are drafted and passed by the Missouri State Legislature, the maps for the Missouri State Senate and the Missouri House of Representatives are drafted using a different process. There are two redistricting commissions, one for each chamber. For the Senate, the two parties that garnered the highest number of votes in the last gubernatorial election propose ten candidates each for a ten member commission. The governor then selects five names from each list. Then, party committees in Congressional districts select two members each from the same two political parties to serve on the commission, and the governor picks one from each party. Thus, the total commission membership adds up to 18 members. The House follows a similar selection process. Each commission must hold public hears and agree to a plan within six months. If the commission fails to do so, then appellate judges are appointed to finish the redistricting process.[5]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Missouri's population rose from 5.6 million in 2000 to 6.0 million in 2010. The major population centers were St. Louis and Kansas City, both of which showed significant suburban and urban sprawl toward the interior of the state. Kansas City grew by 4 percent while St. Louis's population continued to decline.[6]

The redistricting commission failed to meet the deadline for drafting a map, so the responsibility shifted to the judges after August 2011. However, the Missouri Supreme Court rejected the plans drafted by these judges for the State Senate, and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed a new commission to draft new maps for the Senate. The commission's new maps, which were approved and the lawsuit opposing it dropped, were perceived to weaken Republican districts in the St. Louis area and put Republican incumbents together.[7]

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Note: Michael Vogt was included on initial candidate lists, but was later removed.
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
  • Jim Lembke Approveda - Incumbent Lemke assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Scott Sifton: 45,689 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jim Lembke: 44,055

District 3

Note: Incumbent Republican Kevin Engler was ineligible to seek re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joseph Fallert, Jr.: 30,335
Republican Party Gary Romine: 35,384 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jamilah Nasheed: 64,026 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Note: Incumbent Republican Jane Cunningham did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jason Holsman: 64,674 Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Shalonn Curls: 62,964 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Note: Incumbent Democrat Victor Callahan was ineligible to seek re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Paul LeVota: 50,824 Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Note: Incumbent Democrat Tim Green was ineligible to seek re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gina Walsh: 67,715 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jacquelyn Thomas: 15,243

District 15

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
  • Eric Schmitt Approveda - Incumbent Schmitt assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Eric Schmitt: 77,745 Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Note: Incumbent Republican Luann Ridgeway was ineligible to seek re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sandra Reeves: 37,997
Republican Party Ryan Silvey: 42,491 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mary Wynne Still: 34,216
Republican Party Kurt Schaefer: 47,067 Green check mark transparent.png

District 21

Note: Incumbent Republican Bill Stouffer was ineligible to seek re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party August 7 Libertarian primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party ElGene Ver Dught: 22,073
Republican Party David Pearce: 47,490 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Steven Hedrick: 3,351

District 23

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
  • Tom Dempsey Approveda - Incumbent Dempsey assumed office in 2007.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Tom Dempsey: 72,310 Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

Note: Incumbent Republican Robert Mayer was ineligible to seek re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
Note: State House incumbent Billy Pat Wright initially declared to run in the GOP primary but he withdrew from the race on May 21, 2012, choosing instead to retire.[8]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Terry Swinger: 27,913
Republican Party Doug Libla: 35,757 Green check mark transparent.png

District 27

Note: Incumbent Republican Jason Crowell was ineligible to seek re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Wayne Wallingford: 61,891 Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Note: Incumbent Republican Jack Goodman was ineligible to seek re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party David Sater: 64,011 Green check mark transparent.png

District 31

Note: Incumbent Republican David Pearce won re-election in District 21.

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Charles A. Burton: 28,375
Republican Party Ed Emery: 49,993 Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Note: Incumbent Republican Chuck Purgason was ineligible to seek re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party August 7 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party August 7 GOP primary:
Note: Darrell Pollock was included on initial candidate lists, but was later removed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Mike Cunningham: 59,859 Green check mark transparent.png

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